“Our EV and AV work continues uninterrupted, even as many of our engineers work remotely,” Barra stated. “That means that production timing of key entires, such as the GMC Hummer EV, the Cadillac Lyriq crossover EV, and the Cruise Origin AV remain fully on track,” she added.
The upcoming onslaught of GM EVs will see the Detroit-based automaker introduce “at least” 20 all-new battery-electric models by the 2023 calendar year. The GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq will be the first two models to come to market. Other models will following including another Cadillac crossover smaller than the Lyriq, an electric version of the Cadillac Escalade, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, two Buick crossover models, a light commercial van, and at least two Chevrolet crossovers. All of these models except the Bolt EUV will utilize the new GM Ultium batteries and ride on two architectures – BEV3 and BT1.
It’s worth noting that, while development of future GM EVs will not be impacted by COVID-19-related disruptions, the introductions of the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV have been postponed. GM originally planned to debut the Lyriq in April (at least in concept form) and the Hummer – along with its 1,000 pound-feet of earth-moving torque – was originally planned to debut in May.
Later in the call, Barra added that refreshes of some GM vehicles have been delayed by the virus. Though the CEO did not specify which vehicle refreshes are being delayed, GM Authority has previously reported that these include the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse, 2021 Buick Enclave as well as the 2021 GMC Terrain. All of these models are now expected to launch for the 2022 model year.