Cadillac's new mission: Lead GM's EV push


Rebecca Cook Mary Barra

We've known about this new EV-specific BEV3 architecture since 2017, when we learned that the first vehicle to use it will arrive in the market by 2021, serving as a base for at least nine other models.

Cadillac never released breakout sales figures for the CT6 Plug-In Hybrid, which was similarly priced but a much more powerful full size-sedan with an electric range of 31 miles, but it lasted just two model years before being discontinued in 2018.

A GM spokesman declined to comment.

GM's current EV portfolio includes the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid, and the Bolt, an all-electric vehicle.

Cadillac's first attempt at a plug-in auto was the Chevrolet Volt-based ELR hybrid of 2014, which could go 37 miles per charge and used a four-cylinder range-extending engine for longer trips.

Back in November, GM also announced that it will double its investment for electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies over the next two years.

Last month, two OH senators asked GM to commit to building all future electric vehicles for USA buyers within the country. In 2017, however, the company said BEV3 was flexible enough to underpin everything from compact crossovers to a large seven-passenger luxury sports utility vehicle and a large commercial van. He left GM in April. Cadillac sales in China are on the rise, with the figure a year ago exceeding 200,000 for the first time, Reuters notes. Last year, Barra said the company eyed electric vehicle sales of 1 million per year by 2026, with a substantial part of the total sold in China.

Last year, General Motors opened a battery factory in China in partnership with local carmaker SAIC Motor part of its expansion plans for the Chinese market.

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