General Motors laid out its future forward with 23 new electric cars coming by 2023. Two will arrive in the next 18 months. Although the announcement didn’t explicitly single out any market, China will be more important than ever.
The country will impose strict electric-car regulations that call for a certain percentage of vehicle sales to include electrified cars. Those start as early as 2019 and ramp up from in 2020 and so on. GM called China a “frontline” for electric cars and noted its vast knowledge that stems from real-world miles driven by the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt EV.
“Globally, but especially here in China, car companies are shifting and new companies emerging with a focus on electrified products,” said Jennifer Goforth, GM China chief engineer of Electrification. “Our industry cannot get to zero emissions overnight. It will require testing components, suppliers and systems, and proving their worth in the real world and in the hands of customers.”
The knowledge gained will help GM deploy electric cars at a quicker rate, especially in China.
Aside from its battery lab in North America, GM operates a related lab in Shanghai. The lab will become even more important locally as the market shifts from gasoline-powered cars to all-electric vehicles.