By Gabriel David
Recently, General Motors released their 10th annual sustainability report in which they gave rough estimates on the predicted specifications of all their future electric vehicles. GM stated that all new electric vehicles will have a range of up to 400 miles when fully charged, an acceleration of 0-60 miles-per-hour in roughly 3.0 seconds. GM also revealed that their new ‘Ultium Batteries’ will have energy storage ranging from 50 to 200 kWh, with level 2 and DC fast charging (up to 100 miles of range after 10 minutes of charge). The new Ultium batteries support all wheel drive, rear wheel drive and front wheel drive configurations, as well as being capable of holding vertically or horizontally configured battery cells depending on the type of vehicle (vertical cells are optimal for trucks, SUVs and crossovers while horizontal cells are optimal for performance vehicles).
Along with the estimates, GM also released details about 12 of the 20 rumored electric GM Cars coming to the market within the next five years. Details were released on 5 Cadillac cars, 2 GMC Hummers, 3 Chevrolet cars, and 2 Buick cars, all electric.
Within the Cadillac brand, GM has plans to release four fully electric SUVs and a ‘Statement Vehicle’. The first vehicle is the Cadillac Lyriq SUV. Little information was given was given on this vehicle, other than the fact that it is a crossover and is designed to ‘meet the needs of customers around the world’ (GM). The next vehicle is a luxury full size SUV which prioritizes cargo and interior space and is designed for families. In addition to this, there is an SUV similar to the modern Cadillac XT4, and a three-row SUV comparable to today’s Escalade. On top of this, the statement car is an ‘ultra-luxury’ EV called the Cadillac Celestiq. This vehicle will have a very slow build rate of 1.2 vehicles per day.
GMC will be releasing at least two electric Hummers within the next couple of years. The first Hummer is a truck with 1000 horsepower, 11 500 lb-feet of torque, and an acceleration on 0 to 60 miles-per-hour on 3.0 seconds. The second Hummer EV is an SUV similar to the Hummer EV truck, however it will be configured similarly to an off-road SUV.
Chevrolet has plans for three fully electric vehicles; two SUVs and a pickup truck. The BET Truck will be the first full-size all electric pickup truck from Chevrolet and will offer 400+ miles of range after a full charge. There will be a mid-sized SUV targeted to US consumers who want an electric option, and a redesigned Chevrolet Bolt EUV (electric utility vehicle) that pulls inspiration from the Blazer and offers Super Cruise driver assistance.
Buick will have two electric vehicles coming soon; the first is a conventional crossover that will maximize cargo and interior space (names the Velite 7), and the second is a CUV (crossover utility vehicle) which will emphasize form and athletic design (the Velite 6). Both will be exclusively sold in China.
GM claims all these vehicles will be chalk full of new technology and that the electric vehicles will be the new face of the brand! Which one are you most excited for?