General Motors currently builds its each of its PHEV (partial hybrid electric vehicle) battery packs at the Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant in Michigan, but some production could be heading overseas sooner rather than later.
According to Autoblog, GM may shift some production to continue qualifying for green vehicle incentives in China. Specifically, the news revolves around the 2017 Cadillac CT6 PHEV, which will be fully assembled in China and shipped to the United States.
The battery packs for the CT6 PHEV will at first be made in Michigan, then exported to China for final assembly. But, under the “Made In China 2025” plan, GM may need to do more of it within Chinese borders. Cadillac has already defended its move to ship the 2017 CT6 PHEV from China to North America due to forecasted low demand. All other CT6s will be assembled in Michigan.
Bill Wallace, GM’s director of global battery systems, told Autoblog the battery production situation is “evolving”, and it’s safe to say some production will begin in China in the future.
Expect at least 31 miles of pure electric range from the 2017 Cadillac CT6 PHEV when it arrives this fall in China and in the United States early next year.