General Motors Commits To Launching 10 Plug-In Electric Vehicles In China

APR 22 2017 BY MARK KANE 8

General Motors apparently is accelerating its efforts in electric mobility in China with announcing a new planning target of 10 plug-in models on the market by 2020.

Buick Velite 5 Looks Familiar, Doesn’t It?

It’s hard to judge whether GM is tempted by growing New Energy Vehicle market in China, or if it is just the upcoming 8% plug-in sales requirement forcing GMs (and others) to shift to EVs.

Either way, we are totally ok with it!

“General Motors Co. plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020, an executive said Friday, as automakers speed up the rollout of alternative vehicles under pressure from Beijing to promote the industry.”

GM’s most recent plug-in offering for China is the Buick Velite 5 (based on Chevrolet Volt second generation).  Previously, the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid was made available last year.

The company’s first all-electric car for the region is to be available within two years. All of the new plug-ins are to be manufactured in China (a necessity if you want/need to sell cars in volume in the country).

Matt Tsien, president of GM China expects 150,000 plug-in car sales annually in China by 2020 and 500,000 per annum by 2025.  Hopefully, some of R&D for GM China trickles down to the rest of the world.

Update: A GM spokesperson offered that the sales projects where in relation only to GM’s domestic specific brands in the region; namely Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet…and not all GM brands currently being sold in China

ie) the numbers are not inclusive of the Baojun brand which made by its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, for which the company says a forecast will be announced later.

The key difference is to specify the 3 global GM brands sold in China (not all of the brands GM sells in China).


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And if the US imposed some of the similar requirements, GM and Ford would be building those new factories and cars (can you say “jobs”) here instead of China.

Thanks Trump.


8% requirement, growing New Energy interest?

It’s all good. All things work together for good…

The large population centers in China have air
quality you can chew. It has to change quickly.

Let’s see these products make it globally –
And especially here at home in North America!

Hopefully we will get an update soon on the break-down of PHEVs vs BEVs. Do the regulation specify minimum PHEV battery size to qualify? Or will very minimalist PHEV battery be all that is necessary?

By 2020 the Chinese target is 12%. GM sells ~4 million cars in China and is increasing the sales steadily.

That is closer to half a million vehicles per year in 2020.

How do they expect to get by with just 150k?

Why, oh why, did they not make the Bolt look like the FNR-X, and not like a Honda Fit? I just don’t understand why more brands aren’t making sexy EV’s. I guess it’s the same reason why it took 30 years for other computer companies to rival the interesting look of the Mac (and some–i’m looking at you, Dell–still don’t).

Hi Mark, I am writing on behalf of GM China in regard to the article above, which contains the following error for clarification:

By 2020, annual sales of NEVs in China from Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet are expected to reach 150,000 units. By 2025, annual NEV sales from these three brands are expected to reach 500,000 units.

The key difference is to specify the 3 global GM brands sold in China (not all of the brands GM sells in China).

We have contacted the original reporter at AP about it too.

Please make this correction ASAP. Thank you very much. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

We can add a note to reference it doesn’t include GM’s JV in China. Thanks for the note/heads-up