GM has just announced an updated strategic plan to accelerate the deployment of Ultium-based all-electric vehicles in China, the world’s largest auto market and the industry’s largest zero-emissions segment growth pole.
The automaker shared its progress toward its global vision of zero accidents, zero emissions and zero congestion at GM China Tech Day 2022, a special company event in the city of Shanghai where it announced a plan to launch more than 15 electric vehicles based on Ultium Battery and Ultium Drive technology in China by 2025. This is a notable increase from the “10+ models” previously announced for that year.
“GM is accelerating the introduction of Ultium-empowered EVs in China to support the market’s move toward an all-electric future,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM China, Julian Blissett, in a statement. “Through global collaboration and local integration, we are unlocking a transformative experience with real-world benefits for our customers through zero-emission driving,” he added.
Following the local launch of the all-new Cadillac Lyriq as the first vehicle using an Ultium powertrain in China, GM announced that it will launch a broad spectrum of Ultium-based models across all makes, segments and body styles ready for launch massive starting next year in China. Although he didn’t say so explicitly, this includes locally made EVs and halo models imported by The Durant Guild platform.
Notably, the company once again confirmed that Buick‘s first EV based on Ultium technology will debut before the end of this year in China and we now know that it will be the all-new Buick Electra E5 crossover leaked last week by Chinese authorities. In addition, he reiterated that the upcoming ultra-luxury Cadillac Celestiq will be the first product to be offered on The Durant Guild platform in the Chinese market.
GM’s massive rollout of all-electric vehicles in China also encompasses a new generation of Chevrolet EVs custom-developed for the Chinese market, as anticipated by the all-new Chevy FNR-XE Concept sedan. In addition, next year, the company will introduce a new “software-defined vehicle platform” in North America and China that will offer frequent over-the-air updates for the connected apps and services of upcoming EVs, which is likely Ultifi.