General Motors’ EV Teaser Reveals Low-Slung, Sporty Coupe

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OCT 10 2017 BY CHRIS BRUCE 101

Even under a sheet, it looks quite attractive.

General Motors intends to debut 20 electric vehicles in the next five years, and the company’s teaser image hints that at least one of them could be something to excite enthusiasts.

Sporty EV?

The photo shows the Chevrolet Bolt in the foreground, and there are 9 vehicles under sheets behind it. A model slightly to the left from the center is clearly a low-slung coupe with prominent fenders. The low, pointed nose has a resemblance to the Corvette, and the angular sculpting at the rear takes a cue from the Camaro. Judging by the models around it in the photo, the coupe appears to be fairly compact, too.

An affordable, electric sports car would give General Motors a unique offering in the current market. While there are supercar EVs like the Rimac Concept One or Nio EP9, there’s nothing attainable to the general public at the moment.

There are no details about any of the electric models that GM has under development, but the company intends to have the first two of them available within 18 months. Rumors suggest that one could be a Bolt-based EV for Buick.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development said in the EV strategy announcement. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”

The rest of the EVs that GM has under wraps don’t appear as exciting. There appears to be one sedan in the mix, but the rest are various flavors of hatchbacks and crossovers.

See if you can determine which other vehicles might be under the wraps.

Source: GM Authority

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Where do they plan on getting the batteries for all of these? Unless they plan on selling a few thousand of each — they will need to (or LG or whomever their battery partner will be) invest in a few Tesla sized battery factories….

LG and GM both consider the Bolt to be a huge success for them.

With assurances that more models will launch, I think LG would be very interested in growing to meet GMs increased demand. If not, GM has plenty of time to partner with another producer.

LG has been selected for the Nissan Leaf as well. They have enough OEM contracts and a very wealthy parent company. We’ve seen some press about hiring at the battery plant in Michigan. They can do it. Nobody should “win by name-default” specifically. There are a lot of companies who will be doing this.

Doesn’t LG have a huge battery factory in China that the Chinese aren’t letting them use for domestic sales?

Also, unrelated to your post, I’m surprised none of these covered up vehicles have a pick-up truck shape.

Well, that thing way to the right is something HUGE, that’s for sure.

Of there is one vehicle that will be the last to be electrified by GM, it is the “pick up truck” for ICE models are the cash cows for this company. I wound venture the same for all other brands, domestic and foreign. As to “sporty EVs” basically an oxymoron in the USA, well, I cast my cloud as to the concept. Perhaps many years from now.

There’s no more waiting than if you in-housed it. You tell LG Chem you think you’ll need more batteries next year (and guarantee a minimum level of sales) and then they built more factories.

LG Chem has been building more factories.

Batteries are not a problem. All they have to do is estimate how many batteries they need 2 years before the car and tell the battery company they need those. GM will likely have to pay part up front so that the company can expand if necessary.

Tesla markets the Giga factory as a competitive advantage, because it is in their interests to do so, but there is no reason another company can’t make similar in similar time.

If you notice, the Giga factory really wasn’t doing much before the Tesla 3 reservations last year, with those they had an idea of how much to expand it out, and they had almost 2 years to do so.

So once LG, or others, have an order for the batteries they will expand. LG and others are rapidly expanding now, I imagine as companies place orders for batteries.

Well established myth by now … Tesla fans always ask first “where do they get the batteries from?” … like everyone else was banned from building their own … 🙂 … yep, they are all sitting twiddling their thumbs and watching the slow model 3 production line … mesmerized by its speed … 🙂

Michigan battery factory is expanding.

LG also has capacity available at its china facility

Plse remember tht GM has been making $$$ selling cars and their Eva, while Tesla BURNS it, yr after yr. Who knows what the connection tht GM has, they’re making it.

Overheard in 1899:

leafowner: These horseless carriages, where are you going to get the engines for them?

Henry Ford: We’ll build them.

leafowner: But there aren’t any factories for them.

HF: We’ll build them.

leafowner: But nobody’s building them.

HF: We will.

leafowner: What, are they just going to pop out of the ground or something?

HF: No, we’ll build them.

Getting the picture yet? No, those battery factories don’t exist yet. BUT THEY WILL.


If there is a Camaro EV, hope they offer the convertible (the one in the photo has an “fin” antenna)…

This may explain the stock pop.
An Electric Camaro would be a killer app.

It definitely has the outline of a Camaro. At least something very similar to a Camaro.

I thought so too, then I looked at the size comparison to the other vehicles. It’s much lower.
Perhaps Solstice?

I believe GM stated that none of these vehicles will be modified versions of existing vehicles, but rather all new ones (so no actual “Camaro EV” or whatever). I’m hoping they are using this concept design!

Yeah, this isn’t Camaro sized, it’s Subaru BRZ sized.

It’s too small for a Camaro.

It’s about the size of the Chevy 130R concept. Different haunches though.

Yawn.. Yet another ‘teaser.’

It’s almost like the entire industry of legacy manufacturers collude together with the practice of ‘teasing.’ “Lets see if we can get folks to continue buying our ICE garbage with the promise of a better mousetrap- YEARS from now..”

When I can sit behind the wheel and drive it I will believe it.

The Bolt EV is now available in all 50 states. Go check one out. 😉

Yup, and 3 Provinces (if you can find one)!

Just checked again, the nearest Bolt available for sale is 100 miles away from me.


Maybe someday, Kansas will catch up to the times. *sigh*

Of all the ‘legacy’ manufacturers I think you can say that about GM the least given the Volt has been sold (albeit slowly) since 2011 and the Bolt has been a relative success.

The constraint is as always battery supplies. And at least GM has been making moves in conjunction with LG Chem to alleviate that. Slow going though.

The other “miss” for GM is fast charging. Even when the infrastructure arrives the 50 kWH limit is a pretty slow “fast charge”. This really limits the car’s utility for highway use. Let’s see what they offer in 2019.

It’s the Achilles Heel. It’s meant, the Bolt, as a city runabout, which is fine, if that’s all you need, not a highway travelling car.

I’d say it’s a highway travelling car, but not really a cross-country travelling car. With 240 miles of range, I can take highways to many cities in a 100 mile radius and home again without charging.

A friend of mine just bought a Bolt EV, and managed a 687 mile round trip using just 149kWh. He used fast charging and did spend a few hours doing so, mostly because the current DCFC is limiting, not the Bolt EV (the 50kW charging stations are 500V 100A, so the Bolt EV with ~370V at taper, will only get up to about 37kW).

Despite this limitation in charging infrastructure, he found the trip pretty pleasant and not an inconvenience, since the QC stops coincided with eating, etc.

He may even chime in here and give his own opinion…

I did an over 1,000 mile trip. Over the span of a few days.

SF Bay Area to San Diego and back.

There is enough there to do it. You can drive from SF Bay Area to San Diego or back in 1 day, I did it. But more chargers really are needed. More choice would make it possible to use chargers more efficiently (only charge 30 minutes on each instead of 60) and also worry less if a charger isn’t working. I had a charger not take my card in the middle of nowhere on the way back. If someone else’s card hadn’t worked I could have been scrambling for a 24kW charger, adding hours to the trip.

Oh, and we need more 62.5kW chargers and fewer 24kW chargers. I never had to use a 24kW charger but I wasn’t far off from needing to.

…and let’s not forget the ability to destination charge at the edge of the 200-250 mile range.

When I purchase a Bolt, I fully intend to use it for 150+ mile (1 way) weekend trips, and use Level 1 charging between Friday evening and Sunday morning to get me home. No need for anything more for that specific scenario.

I would love to see GM build and sell a sporty coupe BEV, AFTER they build and sell a roomy compact sedan and a slightly sporty CUV! Build the car that will easily sell in large numbers before you try to sell a car that will sell 2,000 a month AT MOST!
I love my Gen I Volt, but it is too small for 3 or 4 adults. I need more room in my next plug in car, and most buyers will need that extra room as well.

Sounds like you want a Bolt.

Nah, I like to drive cars that are at least mildly attractive. The Bolt is a bit too cartoon’ish to appeal. I actually kind of like the Buick Encore and it is on the Gamma II platform so there is a lot of car on a small platform. The Encore isn’t beautiful, but it is kind of sporty looking for a CUV.
Heck, my Volt would be great if it had a larger cabin and could seat 4 adults comfortably. I drive with 2 or 3 adults in my car fairly frequently and it can be really cramped. It is just dumb luck that one of my friends is only 5′ tall so she can sit behind me comfortably when I move my seat up a bit.

Maybe someone in the Mod Busines, can raise the roof and Roofline on the Volt(s), opposite of a good old Chop job!

Maybe a 3″-4″ stretch at the B pillar, too!

Raise the roofline a few inches, install an air suspension that lifts the car 3″ whenever it stops to make ingress and egress easier and stretches it 3″ longer to make the rear seats habitable.
That is all I need! LOL!

“The rest of the EVs that GM has under wraps don’t appear as exciting. There appears to be one sedan in the mix, but the rest are various flavors of hatchbacks and crossovers.”

Why is that? People have been screaming for a Voltec-based SUV for quite a while now. Is it not possible that could be one of the vehicles in the left of the top image?

I think that would be exciting for many, and game changing for the segment.

A full size SUV, V6 powered Voltec, 30-40 kWh Battery, Electric AWD + EREV performance mode!

I was thinking a full size SUV could have more battery power than that, or are you thinking of the costs.

Yes! A Voltec Equinox would be very exciting to me.

Well GM did specify that these are all-electric not PHEV.

So if a Voltec SUV is on the way (it almost certainly is) then it is not one of the ones pictured here.

I would think pickups and full size SUVs will be the products most likely to get hybridization and PHEVs.

GM has quietly expanded sales for their mild-hybrid to the entire US. Sierra and Silverado eassist are finally finding success with buyers. The Sierra hybrid alone sold about 3k units last month. (Silverado sales have not been broken out).

There is enough cabin and floor space to increase the battery for a PHEV or more efficient hybrid quite easily.

A Silverado/Sierra battery that is equivalent to the Malibu hybrid would be a likely next step. The Malibu hybrid began life as an eAssist mild hybrid also, but now has a much larger battery.

Except for the people that are biased against GM, a Voltec platform IS all-electric. It is battery-electric for so many miles, then gasoline is used to make electricity to go further.

The caveat is that the gain some additional efficiency in the latter mode by some “direct indirect” coupling of the engine through the electric motors, to improve efficiency and avoid conversion losses.

Either way, I’m guessing they will include this “Voltec” concept as well when stating “all electric” but I guess we’ll know more soon. 🙂

Heh, I am a GM EV fan. I own a Volt and a Bolt and shipped a Spark EV from cali to Texas back in 2015.

But I don’t refer to the Volt as all electric.

It certainly has excellent AER! And my wife’s Volt hasn’t used a drop of gas in months! But she also wanted the Volt over a BEV because the tank is there for security. Now that BEV ranges are so good, she is more comfortable with the idea of going all-electric.

Since GM has always made a distinction that the Volt is not limited to a battery like a BEV or to the ICE like a hybrid, I don’t think they would change that strategy at this stage. I think we will be seeing PHEVs in addition to the 20 BEVs mentioned here. But too early to say for certain. 🙂

I am all pro-EV and all, but I’d be perfectly happy with the entire industry switching to PHEV tomorrow, provided it’s the “strong” form of PHEV as in the Volt versus “weak” like in the Prius Prime or Ioniq PHEV.

Given what I’ve seen of my own driving stats on my Volt and what is currently out there in the real world, it would really transform driving, and cut CO2 and noise pollution a lot.

There’s really no downside to “strong PHEV” other than price.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting you are anti-GM. There are some who are that lambast the Volt because it is more efficient in one of its patented modes of operation. But in a pure literal sense the Volt IS all-electric. Its drivetrain is fully electric using electric motors.

It is not a pure battery electric, however, which seems to be what you’re considering full electric. Which is fine, it’s just a “precision of language” thing and a lot of terms get conflated.

Heck, there was just another article posted about automakers intentionally doing that to make them look greener than they really are. 😉

Well, Gen 2 Volt at least does use some motive power from the ICE to the wheels to help push things along when in hybrid mode. They ended up finding this is just more efficient. So I don’t think it’d be fair to call that “fully electric” even if the EV motors and battery are always involved.

I personally don’t care, I think it’s an absolutely brilliant design. The fact that I run out of battery and yet still get essentially the same performance (high continuous torque at all RPMs, good accel, relatively quiet operation) as in EV mode just blows my mind.

Yes, the Gen 1 does this sometimes too, albeit less often than the Gen 2. But in the case of the Volt, this isn’t a limitation, in fact the drivetrain could use full electric propulsion. Instead, it’s an ingenuity to eek out more efficiency despite the drivetrain being comprised of only electric motors.

So to me it’s an unnecessary feature incorporated for greater efficiency, to other’s it is semantic, to the haters it is a huge conspiracy, and to the purists, it is the worst thing to come to automobiles since the ICE.

Oh well, we’ll know that EVs have gone mainstream when all that arguing stops. 🙂

“…to the haters it is a huge conspiracy, and to the purists, it is the worst thing to come to automobiles since the ICE.”

Lol you summed up this loud, vocal minority quite well.

Obviously for highest volume, a CUV or pickup truck makes the most sense. But, I can see one area in which a sports car makes sense. Tesla has shown that EVs have a lot of performance. A sports car needs performance to sell. So, from a perspective of putting an EV drivetrain where it makes the most sense as a strategic advantage, a sports car is perfect. I hope it has the option for all-wheel drive. I hope it is something you can take to the drag strip and expect to ruffle a few feathers, without costing $100,000 like a Tesla. I would be interested if it were in the price range of a Bolt.

It’s inevitable GM will build a dual motor EV, they should add a dual motor to the Bolt as an option…Lots of early real world data and would give it performance boost…

I saw a Corvette at a local dealer with a$102,000 price.

I’d love an AWD Buick Encore EV.

So long as it has 200+ miles of range and 150kW+ charging.

Can’t wait until 2025 when this vast crop of EV’s promised for 2022 are coming off lease.

I really think we’re deep into the “I’d buy it if it were available as a wagon with a stick and AWD” stage of EVs now.

At some point when people keep adding new qualifications you have to realize they actually would never buy it. At least most of them never would.

I am so sure of that, aside from lower costs the thing I keep seeing ask for is AWD. And considering the time I got stuck at my cabin with RWD and knowing an AWD would have gotten me out I can understand why a lot of people want it.

On the other-hand I drive a RWD and FWD vehicles in the worse that winter throws at us here in Ontario Canada without problems and see AWD vehicles in the ditches/guard-rails all the time because they are treated by their drivers as magic carpets that will drive thru anything.

Was it confirmed that all of these are BEV and non EREV?

Yes, they are all “all-electric” – with that said…at least one (of the 20+ ZEVs by 2023) is a fuel cell.

Hmm, interesting. Okay, I thought they were referring more to the drivetrain than “battery electric” or “fuel cell electric” so I had expected a couple EREV offerings as well.

Good to know.

It’s an EV1! ?

Ohhhh you Tease, you!

Seriously, now they Could Bring out an (Updated) EV1 like car, but they still need to do 3 other things:

1) Bring us the Electric SUV (BEV or very good PHEV/EREV),
2) figure out How to Sell them and provide a better support path to charging them,
3) Stop Bashing Tesla, and get Real With the EV Lines!

An EV2?

Electrification of cars will likely result in over half of the legacy car makers not surviving the transition. GM seems to be one the of the car makers more likely to survive that transition as evidenced by GM’s having brought to market the Volt & Bolt; both very good EV’s. And now it seems GM plans to creditably & aggressively expand their EV portfolio. This is a much different direction than some of the other traditional car makers that have only floated “BEV Concepts” and are years away from production. I was (and continue to be) a big fan of the Volt and had the pleasure during the early development of Volt to meet some of the GM Volt Team that are now behind Bolt and GM’s other EV cars in development… I find them to be a very impressive, talented & motivated team. GM to its credit has built up a huge human talent asset with that team. The three biggest challenges that GM faces in remaining a winner in the EV space is: 1. Change the economic Franchise relationship with GM dealers so that the owners/managers of GM Franchise Dealers don’t view GM’s transition to EVs a net… Read more »

On step #2, why not make an agreement with Tesla to use/share their SC network (yeah, with a nasty CCS-Combo adapter) but otherwise, problem solved ?!?

Why would you need an adapter? If Tesla allows more cars to use the superchargers, then they’ll have to expand the superchargers (the same way they’re already expanding them for the model 3) – simply add standard charging stations with the expansion.

In the early days, the SC network was a competitive advantage for Tesla cars, but now that charging infrastructure is maturing, it makes no sense for the Tesla energy division to limit themselves to only charging cars made by the Tesla car division. The charging is no longer free anyway, outside of referral rewards it is now pay-per-use. Why refuse to take money from owners of non-tesla cars at this point?

@Bojan said: “In the early days, the SC network was a competitive advantage for Tesla cars, but now that charging infrastructure is maturing…it makes no sense for the Tesla energy division to limit themselves to only charging cars made by the Tesla car division.”

The general SC network, other than Tesla SC, is not at all near maturing; currently its fragmented, inconvenient, and unreliable. For that reason the Tesla SC Network continues to provide Tesla a very big competitive advantage.

Traditional car makers will eventually come to realize that providing access to a convenient & reliable supercharging network is increasingly an absolute necessary component to offering a competitive EV offering.

Regarding Tesla allowing other car makers to have access to the Tesla Supercharging Network, Tesla has offered that to legacy car makers but legacy car makers are not willing to pro-rata share in the very large capital investment cost and on-going maintenance cost Tesla is spending in expanding the Tesla branded Supercharging Network.

Step 3 is going to be hard.

One reason you don’t see IBM PC computers anymore is when the IBM PC first came out it was a separate branch of IBM.

But as it got bigger and bigger (at one time IBM sold over 51% of all microcomputers) the people from the other branches of IBM saw how much money it was making and how fast it was expanding.

At that time people from other divisions start to stick their fingers in hoping to get a piece of the pie.

I remember that time very well, they tried to force a bus standard that was owned 100% by IBM, they tried to make software that was tied to particular IBM hardware, they tried to push thre their own video standard. All the keep control by the old boys at IBM.

Instead they lost the market to all the clones that used off-the-shelf hardware and anyone’s properly written software.

It is hard to keep the old boys away since they tend to have the power.

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Nothing there looks like a crew cab pickup.

Well we are only seeing 9 of 20 vehicles in this picture.

Unfortunately, Just as IEV’s considers Fuel Celled Hydrogen fueled vehicles ‘ELECTRICS’, so apparently does GM VP Mark Reuss (sp?).

He said a few weeks ago, the easiest way to make a cheaper battery is to make it a lot smaller, which is all a Fuel Celled car requires..

I suspect the missing 11 larger vehicles will all be Hydrogen powered ‘100% electrics’.

California incentives are by far greater for Hydrogen than for anything else. Too tempting for GM to pass up, apparently.

Speaking of Hydrogen, what with its 10,000 pound per square inch (!!!) pressure requirement – KOBE Steel corporation just admitted to many large automakers that their high-strength copper and aluminum products are not nearly as tough as they initially claimed, and doctored reports to make their products look better than they actually are.

KOBE also manufactures turn-key Hydrogen compressor/refrigeration dispensing stations, a few of which are being built in California.

100 years ago, many people died around 1,200 PSI CO2 refrigeration compressors when the double-extra heavy cast-iron pipe exploded due to negligence of the operating engineer, they finding him buried into or through a wall.

It will be interesting to see what kind of explosions the KOBE compressor stations make, seeing as these operate at 850% the pressure, and we’ll no doubt find out if the 10,000 PSI piping in the station is also not quite up to the job of restraining the Hydrogen.

Should make some pretty good bombs.

err: Not nearly as tough.

“Unfortunately, Just as IEV’s considers Fuel Celled Hydrogen fueled vehicles ‘ELECTRICS’”

We do? They do slip into articles and generic reporting, but I don’t think IEV as a matter or principle does. We don’t even count them on our sales scorecard.

Personally, and this is why you don’t see my name ever attached to h******* piece, I hate, hate them.

Not because there is something fundamentally heinous about it, but that it is used as such a crutch by OEMs, both to slow plug-in tech, but to also hoover up government incentives, and game ZEV mandates.

With that said, I fully realize by bias, so I don’t really get involved when other writer’s touch on the subject, and tolerate a certain about of FCV content…at one point when we started FCV-tech was off limits/excluded entirely.

I want to see for the cars.

I want to see the crash tests for these hydrogen fueled cars.

Especially after they artificially age the tanks 10 or more years.

So they threw silky tarps over existing ICEs and said “someday, these will all be BEVs.” Quite the tease, GM.

Actually the press was invited to see. And GM did lift the covers on a couple of vehicles (A Buick CUV and a Cadillac wagon). The vehicles under the covers are clay models. Very common in the early stages of development.

IMO, the 3rd from the left is some version of the FNR-X concept they debuted in China earlier this year.

How exciting, not.

Of course not, since it doesn’t have anything to do with Tesla.

We’re talking about GM here. A company that actually has the knowledge and skill to mass produce 20 new EVs. That would be huge.

I appreciate what Tesla is doing. But, the current M3 issues show that they don’t have their feet under them quite yet. In the meantime we need the big boys to start delivering mass-market EVs.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

You mean the big boys that are members here????

The one’s who want to lower emissions standards?

No thanks

Buying from GM supports their layers in those efforts… thanks.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous


The big boys are on that list. Also a lot of small and medium boys.

I’m less religious about car manufacturers, since they’re all ultimately out to make a profit. So, I’m happy to see anyone advancing EVs, including the companies who actually have experience mass producing.

Oh, I forgot to mention that a lot of us buy EVs because we like the technology, like driving them, and/or want to hurt anti-US oil producing countries. Helping the environment is just a nice add-on.

I see an electrified full size pickup in GM’s product line up sooner than many think. At the rate they are selling EVs they will hit the 200,000 break point sometime in 2018. After that the Federal tax credit will dwindle away. An extended range pickup will be more expensive than a conventionally powered one, but a $7500 tax credit is a huge incentive that will offset the higher price tag. If GM wants to take full advantage of the tax credit then they have to do it for the 2019 model year. Guess what? An all new pickup is slated for 2019.

How can a 2019 pickup truck take advantage of a $7500 tax credit expiring in 2018?

Top center is totally an old SparkEV… They need to try harder.

I had a Spark EV and that is definitely not a Spark EV.

Publications who saw the clay models of the cars said it was a pod-shaped EV with Bolt badging.

Likely meant for ride sharing or as a China city car?

The sporty model mentioned in the article looks a heck of a lot like a regular Camaro under a sheet to me.

Where’s the smallish cargo van?
Chevy’s equivalent to the eNV200.
I don’t see one covered up in the back, dammit.
We wanted one of those yesterday.

So who is in control? GM or LG?

GM may assemble the cars but it almost sounds like LG will know about what makes an electric car work more than GM will.

The OEMs only give up so much control to the suppliers. Engineering knowledge and talent is “deep” with regard to EVs.

Looking at the photo again, I agree with others that it is likely something a little smaller than a Camaro. Maybe more ‘vette sized? A Camaro is about 10-11″ longer than a Camaro.

*Camaro is about 10-11″ longer than a Corvette.

More compliance cars… Yawn.

Wake me when they’re sold in 50 states.

Will probably be about the time Tesla hits 500,000 sales of the Model 3.

To date, the Volt has sold more in the US than any other plug-in.

Sure, compliance, okay. Guess every EV is compliance, Tesla and all, LOL.

I know they said their EV’s wouldn’t be conversions of existing models, what about former models? I looks like the outline of a Kappa platform car (aka Saturn Sky). Which was only offered as a convertable.

I don’t suppose you might consider the fact that the things under the sheets aren’t actual future cars, or prototypes, or even clay models, but present cars that they’re covering with a sheet?

If I were the set dresser for this photo, I’d go right ahead and cheat like that, because it’s easy and quick. Then I’d just let you speculate because that’s what you want to believe.

I read in another article that the models under the sheet were in fact, clay models. Can’t remember if that was on GM Authority or where…or what their source was for that info.