As part of its ambitious global strategy for a zero-emissions future, GM has just announced that its Brazilian subsidiary has begun collaborating on the development of next-generation electric vehicles.
The automaker revealed that South America is of strategic importance for the deployment of its next generation of electric vehicles, not only because it has a consumer market with the potential to increase the global scale of such models, but also because of the important engineering arm that the company has in the region. As such, GM Brazil is collaborating in the final development phase of three global Chevrolet EVs to accelerate their arrival in the market.
“We are currently working at an accelerated pace and the first stage includes three different global projects of zero-emission vehicles, all of the Chevrolet brand, which will first be launched in the North American market,” said President of GM South America, Santiago Chamorro. “At GM, products of a global nature is done with the participation of professionals representing the most different markets, as we understand that diversity allows us to create important competitive differentials for vehicles,” he added.
GM Brazil’s extensive engineering structure includes the GM Cruz Alta Proving Ground and a modern Technology Center located in the State of São Paulo, which recently began collaborating on the development of some next-generation electric vehicles based on the Ultium architecture. Both facilities are receiving a massive investment of 10 billion reais (about 1.98 trillion USD at current exchange rates) through the middle of the decade.
In particular, the GM Cruz Alta Proving Ground is located in the Indaiatuba region and has an area equivalent to 1,360 soccer fields, with seven laboratories and 17 test tracks. For its part, the Technological Center is located in the city of São Caetano do Sul, and just over a year ago, it received research and development investments allowing it to expand its range of services.
Although he didn’t say so explicitly, the official photos show that one of the three development projects GM Brazil has started working on is the all-new Chevy Blazer EV – one of the EVs the company plans to launch in South America. The other two electric vehicles may be the Chevy Equinox EV and Chevy Silverado EV. The collaboration covers the areas of energy efficiency, connectivity, certification tests and homologation necessary to adapt the vehicles to both the legislation and the preferences of the different markets.