General Motors announced that by 2025, it will launch more than 15 electric models based on the Ultium platform in China. Following the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV, GM is planning a series of Ultium-based models for China across different makes, segments and body styles.
This will include the second electric Cadillac, the Celestiq, and the first Ultium-based Buick, in addition to the Lyriq, which has been delivered to Chinese customers since September. This is the Buick Electra E5, and the first images and information have recently been released on the registration application of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. The model will be officially unveiled at the end of this year, with deliveries starting in the first half of 2023.
Buick also plans to launch a second Ultium-equipped electric vehicle in 2023, but further details on that model are unclear. With the FNR-XE concept car, GM also showed a preview of the Chevrolet brand’s first electric sedan. The study aims to “preview Chevrolet’s next-generation smart and connected electric vehicles,” which are being developed specifically for the Chinese market. That includes making vehicles more software-enabled “to meet customers’ evolving demands for digital lifestyles,” as GM said in a press release.
GM plans to roll out the platform for such software-defined vehicles in North America and China next year. The platform is designed to provide “frequent and seamless updates of over-the-air applications and services.” In this way, the American company wants to ensure that customers and users have access to “the most innovative experience and technology”.
“General Motors is accelerating the launch of electric vehicles powered by Ultium technology in China to support the market’s move to an all-electric future,” said Julian Blissett, executive vice president and president of GM China. Collaboratively and locally integrated, we are unlocking a transformative experience with real benefits for our customers through zero-emission driving.”
According to the GM China Technology Day 2022 announcement held in Shanghai, the model offensive is developed toward GM’s global vision of “zero accidents, zero emissions and zero congestion.” Therefore, these 15 electric models will also become “more connected and smarter”.
“With the advent of our disruptive technology, we are witnessing the deepest and most dramatic change the automotive industry has ever seen,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “General Motors is determined to lead change that ultimately creates a better, safer and more sustainable world for our customers and generations to come.”