Way back in July of last year, we published a report indicating the next-generation Cadillac Escalade would spawn an electric model variant that would be able to travel up to 400 miles between charges.
Since then, General Motors has debuted both the 2021 Cadillac Escalade and the new skateboard platform and batteries that it will use in its future EVs. The puzzle pieces for the electric Cadillac Escalade are beginning to come together, then, giving us a lot more information on the upcoming new SUV.
As expected, the electric Cadillac Escalade will use GM’s new BT1 electric vehicle platform. The BT1 platform uses similar technology to GM’s BEV3 electric passenger car platform, but it’s designed to underpin large trucks and SUVs only. The BT1 platform has an 800-volt battery pack and 350 kW fast-charging, compared to the BEV3 platform’s 400V system and max charging of 200 kW. This means GM’s large electric trucks and SUVs will be able to charge up relatively quickly despite their massive battery packs.
The BT1 platform will also tap GM’s new Ultium battery technology, which allows lithium-ion batteries to be stacked both vertically and horizontally. This gives the automaker greater flexibility when modifying BT1 for use in different models, meaning there will be less compromises with regard to battery size and packaging when using it across vehicle programs.
The upcoming GMC Hummer EV will use this same BT1 platform and charging system. GM has said the Hummer EV will produce up to 1,000 horsepower in certain configurations, enabling it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just three seconds flat. It’s not clear of the electric Cadillac Escalade or any of its potential variants will put down this kind of power and performance, but we know GM’s truck platform is capable of doing so.
We also hear the electric Cadillac Escalade will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Michigan. The plant is GM’s first dedicated electric vehicle manufacturing facility and will also produce the Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq crossover, among other EVs.
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