GM has just confirmed that the first fully electric Buick and Chevrolet vehicles based on Ultium Battery and Ultium Drive technology will soon debut in China, the world’s largest and fastest-growing EV market.
Following the official launch of the all-new Cadillac Lyriq in China in early June, as the first Ultium-based vehicle sold in the Asian country, the automaker is set to begin rolling out its EV technology in models from the local high-volume Buick brand, in addition to Chevrolet, which has a more modest presence in the Chinese market.
The plan is part of GM’s ambitious electrification strategy in the Asian country, including opening the new Ultium Center factory in Shanghai to support the mass production of next-generation electric vehicles. In addition, the company signed an investment agreement to build Buick and Chevrolet vehicles based on Ultium technology in the city of Wuhan.
During the official announcement of Buick’s plan to introduce 12 new vehicles in China by 2025, GM mentioned it would reveal Buick’s first two all-electric models based on Ultium technology later this year. One of them is expected to be the production version of the all-new Buick Electra-X Concept crossover, revealed a few days ago during the 2022 Buick China Brand Day.
The automaker has not revealed any clues about the first Ultium-based Chevrolet models it plans to build in China. However, one of the first will likely be the all-new Chevy Blazer EV that will make its worldwide debut in Detroit on July 18th.
The first Buick and Chevrolet Ultium-based electric vehicles will debut during the second half of this year and are expected to go on sale in 2023 in the Chinese market. These models are part of GM China´s strategy to launch more than ten locally manufactured zero-emission vehicles by 2025.