General Motors is slated to start production of a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in China within two years, GM China President Matt Tsien said today at the Shanghai Auto Show. The automaker plans to roll out ten or more new electrified vehicles in the country by 2020.
“In the next several years, out to 2020, we expect to launch at least 10 new-energy vehicles into the marketplace,” said Mr. Tsien, according to the Associated Press. “We have a pipeline that is going to materialize, that’s going to put us in a very good position from a fuel economy requirement perspective.”
Automotive News suggests that GM’s new battery plant in Shanghai could help support the automaker’s ambitious electrified-vehicle goals in China. The plant should be ready to start delivering battery packs next year, the outlet says.
General Motors’ accelerated electrification plans in the market come largely as a response to government pressure. Regulators have proposed requiring 8 percent of all new-vehicle sales in China to be of electrified vehicles by 2018, increasing to 10 percent by the following year – although those quotas might be retracted. The government is also planning to enforce some of the most stringent emissions regulations in the world.