Cadillac is expected to become General Motors's lead electric vehicle brand
Cadillac is expected to become General Motors's lead electric vehicle brand according to the latest rumors filtered on the basis of GM's announcement of a press conference Sunday of previews for the 2019 Detroit auto show.
The future EV will be based on its forthcoming BEV3 platform. The vehicle platform is the basis for vehicle underpinnings, including the battery system and other structural and mechanical parts.
GM said in last November as part of its restructuring efforts it was doubling resources for electric and autonomous vehicle programs over the next two years and announced it was ending production of the plug-in Volt as well as a low-selling plug-in Cadillac CT6, even as it moved to boost EV spending.
Last month two Ohio senators asked GM to commit to building all future electric vehicles for U.S. buyers within the country.
GM said in 2017 it planned by 2021 to introduce a new dedicated flexible electric vehicle architecture and an advanced battery system to support the development of at least 20 new models in the United States and China and that a new electricvehicle platform will serve as a base for at least nine derivatives, ranging from a compact crossover to a large seven-passenger luxury sports utility vehicle and a large commercial van.
GM Chief Executive Mary Barra has said the company plans to introduce at least 10 new electric or hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 and aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles a year by 2026, many of them in China, which has set strict production quotas on such vehicles. GM opened a battery plant with Chinese partner SAIC Motor last year.