When the first generation Buick Electra came out in 1959, it was not an electric car and was not a model of efficiency. Sixty years later, the concept that borrows her name shares with her somewhat tortured lines.
With the grain that the manufacturer gives us to grind in its press release, not much concerning the electrical architecture which should however be the point mainly developed.
We just learned that it would carry the famous low-cobalt Ultium battery thanks to the addition of aluminum which should be released with the GMC electric Hummer.
What about range, engine power, consumption, charging scenarios? Nothing to put in our teeth on this subject. Above all, Buick wishes to emphasize with this prototype the artificial intelligence that will be embedded in future models of the brand and on an aesthetic identity towards which it wishes to strive.
In terms of style, precisely, the Electra is a hybrid machine between a 4-seater crossover and a GT (Grand Touring). Buick evokes a space capsule. The 4 doors which open in an antagonistic way and the high ground clearance can give this impression slightly.
Inside, however, the comparison appears more legitimate, with seats and a large curved digital Retina display that appear suspended in the air. The huge all-glass roof must accentuate the feeling of being on board a space craft at night.
For multimodal mobility, this electric car conceals an overboard under the rear bumper.
The Electra is the first concept developed by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture, which links General Motors to one of the largest Chinese automobile manufacturers: SAIC Motor (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation).