GM steps up and promises 30 electric vehicles within 5 years

GM steps up and promises 30 electric vehicles within 5 years Auto

GM steps up and promises 30 electric vehicles within 5 years

With 27 billion dollars over 5 years, the American group General Motors is expanding its ambitions in the electric car and is already announcing a second generation of Ultium batteries.

GM steps up and promises 30 electric vehicles within 5 years

With 27 billion dollars over 5 years, the American group General Motors is expanding its ambitions in the electric car and is already announcing a second generation of Ultium batteries.

Regardless of the Covid-19, General Motors is not lowering its investments. Better still, the American automotive group has just confirmed an increase in its budget. GM will spend 27 billion dollars (22.8 billion euros) on electric and autonomous cars by 2025. This is 7 billion more than a year ago, and more than on gasoline and combined diesel.

With this, the manufacturer advances the launch of certain models, and promises 30 vehicles in 5 years across the world. However, it will be necessary to be patient, because the most significant will not arrive before the end of 2021. Example, the GMC Hummer EV will be delivered in launch edition on this date, and the first electric Cadillac, the Lyriq will be on the roads at the beginning of 2022. Two electric Buicks are also on the program.

However, the ambitions of the American group will have little consequence on the European market since most of these electric cars will be reserved for North America and China.

Eyes already on the “Ultium II”

The most interesting information concerns Ultium batteries, manufactured in partnership with LG Chem. The first generation will power the Hummer, but also the duo of electric pick-ups Chevrolet / GMC against the Tesla Cybertruck or the Ford F-150 EV. Better, GM is raising the maximum range of its technology, now announcing 450 miles (724 km) against 400 miles (643 km) previously.

General Motors also gives a taste of the second generation. “Ultium II” batteries will have “double the energy density” and will be “60% cheaper” than a Chevrolet Bolt, promises the manufacturer. We can thus expect large SUVs with more than 700 km of autonomy but also more compact models at a lower cost than that of an equivalent petrol model.

With these announcements, GM is responding directly to Tesla’s Battery Day, which announced cheaper and much more efficient home batteries. Its vehicle portfolio will also be much denser than its Californian competitor …

Electric GMC Hummer SUV

The future electric GMC Hummer SUV, at a conference on November 18, 2020

Source: www.automobile-propre.com

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