General Motors’ transition to electric vehicles affords the automaker a wealth of opportunities to develop new technology, and with it, the human inputs needed to control that technology as well. For example, when it comes to shifting into gear, it appears as though GM EVs are moving towards a column-mounted stalk or lever. The column-mounted stalk is part of GM’s latest Electronic Precision Shift technology.
This column-mounted stalk control scheme can be found in a broad variety of GM EVs, including the Cadillac Lyriq, Chevy Blazer EV, Chevy Equinox EV, Chevy Silverado EV, GMC Sierra EV, and Cadillac Escalade IQ. The control type provides a few very important benefits, including more space in the cabin for cupholders and storage, as well as infotainment controls. In addition, the column-mounted stalk control layout frees up the center stack for larger infotainment screens and improved air vent positioning.
Notably, the column-mounted stalk control layout is also available in new ICE-powered models like the 2024 Chevy Traverse.
In order to operate the column-mounted stalk control, the user must push the spring-loaded lever up or down to select Drive or Reverse, and pull the lever towards themselves to shift into Neutral. Pressing the button puts the vehicle in Park.
This control layout is part of GM’s Electronic Precision Shift Technology (EPRS) suite, which includes a broad variety of different control types, such as a joystick-style shifter, and a push-pull-style array of buttons as well. As GM Authority covered previously, most GM models now use Electronic Precision Shift. A few applications of the different EPRS control types would include the Cadillac CT4, which equips the joystick-style shifter, and the Chevy Corvette C8, which equips the push-pull-style button shifter.
Per previous GM Authority coverage, EPRS technology was first made available in the 2016 Cadillac CT6. In addition to providing more space for infotainment features and storage, EPRS-equipped ICE-vehicles also provide reduced noise and vibration, a smoother, more precise shifting behavior, and reduced overall weight.