General Motors’ Electrification Plan For China


Cadillac CT6 (Image: InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Cadillac CT6 (Image: InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

Cadillac CT6 18.4 KWh Battery Trunk Protrusion

Cadillac CT6 18.4 KWh Battery Trunk Protrusion

General Motors has released its “Electrification Roadmap” for China and it’s disappointing on the plug-in front…that’s for sure.

The only vehicle listed in the Roadmap that plugs in is the Cadillac CT6 PHEV.

The other electrified vehicles listed for China are conventional hybrids, including the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid and Buick LaCrosse Hybrid.

No Chevrolet Bolt electric car on the horizon for China. Not even a Volt mentioned either.

Honestly, we don’t understand how one can hope to do any automotive business in China these days without having a lot of plug-in development plans, as the country to charging fast to plug-in future – easily outselling the rest of the world’s EV output combined these days.

Full press blast below:

General Motors Shares Electrification Roadmap in China

SHANGHAI – General Motors Executive Director for Electrification Larry Nitz today shared in Shanghai the company’s technical strength and roadmap in the area of electrification.

GM is accelerating the launch of electrified vehicles (EVs) in China. Through its SAIC-GM joint venture, GM plans to fully localize its battery packs for new energy vehicles via investment in a battery assembly plant in Shanghai.

“Our electrification approach is about delivering an industry-leading driving experience,” said Nitz during a workshop at GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint venture. “China is an important market in which GM’s technology and scale can deliver solutions for customers and bring societal benefits.”

Expansion of GM’s EV portfolio in China will be led by the Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid and Buick LaCrosse Hybrid as well as the Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that will be introduced in the market later this year.

Nitz described the technical advantages of GM’s full hybrid electric system debuting on the Malibu XL Hybrid and LaCrosse Hybrid. The propulsion system is driven by a new direct-injected 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated to an integrated and modular two-motor electric drive unit, which is powered by an 80-cell, 1.5-kWh high-performance lithium-ion battery pack.

The LaCrosse Hybrid will be a segment fuel efficiency leader for the Buick brand. It is expected to achieve fuel economy of 4.7L/100 km. The Malibu XL Hybrid is expected to achieve fuel economy of 4.3L/100 km.

The CT6 PHEV will deliver a new formula for prestige. It will be capable of 80 km of all-electric range. Paired with Cadillac’s 2.0L turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine, it will offer estimated fuel efficiency of approximately 1.7L/100 km – the best in the luxury plug-in hybrid segment.

General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 11 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, and Wuling brands. In 2015, GM sold more than 3.6 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.

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Consider the possibility that GM doesn’t want to share some of its tech with its Chinese JV partners.

That is a very good point. GM has spent a lot of money in R&D for EV’s, don’t just give it all away.

The number one tech in an EV is the batteries made by LG so I dont think they are worried about that…

I dont know for sure but it might be where China does not offer the same EV incentives to foreign car companies…

I know they are not allowing foreign made batteries to get the same incentives as Chinese made ones…

It no longer needs to share its BEV IP. Chinese law has changed.

GM can set up a battery cell and/or battery pack factory without a Chinese partner. This includes controller and software.

They still need a Chinese JV partner to make gliders and install battery pack in the glider though.

They just want to make money and since they make nothing on the Bolt it won’t go to China. Not much to do with giving tech to the Chinese.

Meanwhile, GM commits to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100% renewable energy by 2050.

I am not GM bashing but by 2030 (probably way way sooner) solar and wind energy are going to be so substuntaily cheaper than conventinal energy that this statement means little and every company will mostly be doing the same…

The goverments that dont mandate EVs in substuntial numbers is where the bashing should be directed…

EISA07 mandates Net Zero Energy for pretty much all of the United States by 2050. I see this announcement by GM as hardly more than an acknowledgement by GM that they are going to follow the government guidelines. It is good that they made a public announcement that reflects commitment.

I frankly don’t care what they do in China even though it is the largest market.

But in view of the experience I had today (Took my ELR in on the dealer’s suggestion to replace a module for the front seat belt control – a trivial problem – and now they can’t get the car to start – even dealing with engineering in Detroit) – so they gave me a loaner ATS, and since I was so worried about scratching the rental I got a parking ticket since I was out of my element.

I was seriously considering a PHEV CT6, but all indications are service will even be harder than it will be with ELR – and there is only one dealer within 100 miles that is planning to stock any in view of the poor showing the ELR got.

I wouldn’t want to be in a situation where I had to wait months to get the car repaired.

“Took my ELR in on the dealer’s suggestion to replace a module for the front seat belt control – a trivial problem”

Dealer’s suggestions are often good for dealers and not so good for customers or automakers (since they foot the bill).

I don’t feel for you…why would you drive an EV from a reluctant EV dealership and manufacturer? GM makes gas guzzlers, wake up.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the type of battery that can be used in China’s EV’s. I remember there was a problem with Samsung wanting to use lithium-ion and built a factory to assemble them only to find out that things change and now China requires lithium polymer or something like that.

Too lazy to dig up the source.