General Motors maps out electrification path in China

General Motors (GM) has mapped out its electrification path in China in support of its vision of a future with zero emissions.

GM is on track to deliver 10 new energy vehicle models in China between 2016 and 2020. From 2021 through 2023, GM will maintain momentum by doubling the number of new energy vehicles available.

The Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Buick VELITE 5 extended-range electric vehicle and Baojun E100 electric vehicle are among the models that have already been launched in the domestic market. Buick recently announced plans to introduce the VELITE 6 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, followed by the VELITE 6 electric vehicle.

By the end of last month, GM’s new energy vehicles in China had logged more than 75 million electric kilometers.

“China is playing an essential role in driving toward a future of zero emissions, and General Motors is intent on helping to make it happen,” said Matt Tsien, GM executive vice president and president of GM China. “We will continue to grow our electric vehicle portfolio in China with diverse solutions that encompass various electric ranges and body styles.”

GM has been a pioneer in electric vehicles and electrification technology for more than two decades. With the groundbreaking EV1 introduced in 1996, GM gained a first-mover advantage. It has rolled out other cutting-edge models, such as the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle and the Chevrolet Bolt – the world’s first affordable long-range electric vehicle.

The fundamental building block of an all-electric vehicle is the battery. GM began developing in-house battery research and development expertise early on. It now possesses battery development, validation and testing capabilities in the United States and China.

“Our 20-year journey has led to the successful introduction of new critical components, new propulsion systems and entirely new vehicle systems,” said Jennifer Goforth, chief engineer of GM China Electrification. “Every researcher and every engineer is fully engaged in each step of the process to ensure we gain our customers’ confidence by continuing to meet their expectations for electric vehicles.”

The battery lab at the GM China Advanced Technical Center in Shanghai is an important member of GM’s global battery lab network. It develops, validates and tests battery systems to ensure the quality of GM’s electrified vehicles in China. It also carries out work on battery fundamentals, such as chemistry and cell design, to advance their performance capabilities.

The Shanghai Battery Assembly Plant operated by GM’s SAIC-GM joint venture will support GM’s expanding electric vehicle portfolio in China. It utilizes the same global assembly processes and follows the same strict technical standards as GM’s other facility, the Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant in the United States.