General Motors just revealed the BEV3 flexible global all-electric vehicle platform. The new GM EV platform debuted alongside the automaker’s new Ultium battery technology, and coincided with a slew of new details on GM’s all-electric future.
“What we have done is build a multi-brand, multi-segment EV strategy with economies of scale that rival our full-size truck business with much less complexity and even more flexibility,” said GM chairman and CEO, Mary Barra.
The BEV3 platform is a third-generation GM EV architecture, and will first see use in the forthcoming Lyriq electric Cadillac crossover slated to debut in April. Lyriq will go into production in 2022 as a 2023 model-year vehicle. We’ve also learned that Cadillac is developing a new luxury sedan called the Celestiq which will also use the BEV3 GM EV platform.
The BEV3 platform will provide the bones for a number of other vehicles as well, including the Cruise Origin autonomous taxi, a Light Commercial Vehicle, and a mainstream “low-roof” car. The details of the BEV3 strategy came into focus recently at the GM Capital Markets Day event.
Chevrolet, GMC, and Buick will all launch new EVs starting this year, including a new version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV later in 2022, followed by the 2022 Bolt EUV in the Summer of 2021. GM says the Bolt EUV will be the first non-Cadillac model to feature the Super Cruise hands-free driving technology, which will see further implementation in as many as 10 vehicles by next year, and 22 vehicles by 2023.
“Thousands of GM scientists, engineers and designers are working to execute an historic reinvention of the company,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “They are on the cusp of delivering a profitable EV business that can satisfy millions of customers.”