This past Friday, General Motors announced Cadillac will spearhead the automaker as it transitions to an all-electric future. The United Auto Workers union quickly responded with a statement that urged the automaker to build its future electric cars in the United States.
The statement reads:
General Motors builds some of the finest cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and vans right here in the USA. We are hopeful that these new products will be built here to show a commitment to all of America. We invested in GM. Now it is time for GM to invest its future in us.
On Friday, GM held an investor conference where it announced the shift in strategy for Cadillac. It also dished out the first details on a new modular electric-car platform called BEV3, which the first Cadillac electric vehicle will be based on. The architecture will span GM brands, according to GM President Mark Reuss.
Cadillac surprised media in Detroit on Sunday with a first-look at the electric vehicle, too. The brand showed off an unnamed electric SUV with few details that will launch early next decade. Expect over 300 miles of range from the electric powertrain. The BEV3 platform is also capable of underpinning front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive applications. We’d certainly hope Cadillac utilizes the latter two options for its SUV.
The UAW and GM will likely continue to trade words as we progress through 2019 and GM executes its restructuring plan. The plan calls for four U.S. facilities to go idle: the Lordstown plant, Detroit-Hamtramck plant, a Warren, Michigan, transmission plant and a second transmission plant in Baltimore.
Although each facility will go idle, GM will need to negotiate their final closure with the UAW this year as the current labor contract expires this September. The move to shutter the plants will leave thousands of UAW members without a job, though GM has said it’s committed to transferring affected workers to plants in need.