GM Outlines Path For New Energy Vehicle Expansion In China


General Motors now plans to have 20 New Energy Vehicles on the market in China by 2023

Over the past year, General Motors (GM) has begun it’s electric vehicle plans for the next 5 years. The United States will see a number of these future all-electric vehicles. But China is likely to benefit the most from the company’s move towards zero emissions.

GM had already announced 10 new energy vehicles to be released in China by 2020. Now the automaker says between 2021 and 2023 it will double that number to 20. Of the announcement, GM executive vice president and president of GM China, Matt Tsien said:

China is playing an essential role in driving toward a future of zero emissions, and General Motors is intent on helping to make it happen. (…) We will continue to grow our electric vehicle portfolio in China with diverse solutions that encompass various electric ranges and body styles.

This initiative is separate from GM’s announcement last year of 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023. GM’s Chinese lineup of new energy vehicles will include battery electric (BEV) plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles.

So far the Cadillac CT6 PHEV and the Buick Velite 5 have not set the world on fire in China but perform well enough. The Buick Velite 6 PHEV will join them later this year with an all-electric Velite 6 planned for 2019.

Baojun E100

The real breakout hit for GM in China has been the Baojun E100. Since launching late last year, the Smart ED-sized urban vehicle has sold about 17,000 units including 3,800 in April of this year.

The E100 is built by Chinese automotive company Baojun, a joint venture of General Motors and SAIC Motor. In this weeks announcement, GM highlighted the new Shanghai Battery Assembly Plant, also operated by GM’s SAIC-GM joint venture. The new battery plant will play a key role in their electric vehicle efforts in the country.

The GM China Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai will also be involved in the development and testing of new battery chemistry and cell designs.

Source: General Motors China

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I am SOOOO unimpressed by GM, Ford, and Chrysler esp since America bailed these idiots out.

On the nose!

That is awesome, they are really looking ahead…

I’m still waiting to see their expansion plans for the US. They are on track to sell roughly 20k-ish Bolts/year again this year, which is what Elon Musk said they’d need to sell to meet their CARB requirements. Are they stuck in production hell? Working hard to overcome production bottlenecks? Are they planning a bunch of new upgraded models? Do they have a map of planned fast charge sites? Nope. It seems they want to make boring compliance cars, get friendly press to write a bunch of nonsense “Tesla Killer” articles, and then declare mission accomplished. It will take a Tesla pickup truck with 1 million reservations to light a fire under their ass (and Ford’s).

The Bolt, with its relatively good price and 200HP is hardly a compliance car. They are sitting on the lots near me now. If America wants them, they are ready to be purchased. GM did their part.

Fast charging network. Who cares. The market will take care of this. Apple does not have to make powered USB ports for the iphone and somehow people still buy Apples. GM currently does not make gas pumps and they still sell Gas vehicles. Same with the charging network. It will come.

Planning a bunch of upgrade models. Well according to them, they are. And they are cutting battery costs in half. Do you have information that proves their announcements false?

Totally agree, its a good EV for a good price, but not much demand… GM has to make the next Buick model more compelling, even if the price is higher. Tesla has shown there is demand at 50K, lets see an AWD, Buick Bolt with nice styling and interior and it might sell in volume.

Just put that Velite 6 roof on the US Volt and it would fix the headroom issue. Velite 6 is after all a Volt.