General Motors Makes EVs a Priority, Accelerates Plans

General Motors announced on Thursday it will offer 30 all-electric models globally by the end of 2025 and 40 percent of the company’s entries in North America will be battery electric vehicles by that time.

To make this a reality, GM will increase its financial commitment to EVs and autonomous vehicles to $35 billion through 2025—up from the $26 billion that were planned before the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything.

“Climate change is real and we want to be part of the solution by putting everyone in an electric vehicle,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

Photo: General Motors

Over 20 of the electric models planned by GM will be sold in Canada and the U.S., representing all four brands and covering all price points.

And remember the highly advanced Ultium battery unveiled back in March? Engineering advances have increased the previously stated GM-estimated maximum range from 645 to 725 kilometres with a full charge. In large-scale production, said battery is expected to bring EVs closer to price parity with gas-powered vehicles, GM claims. In fact, the second-generation Ultium packs, expected mid-decade, will cost 60 percent less than the batteries in use today.

Photo: Cadillac

Earlier this month, GM announced it would hire 3,000 electrical system, infotainment software and controls engineers to accelerate the development and launch of its electric models, starting with the GMC Hummer EV (late 2021 in the U.S.) and Cadillac LYRIQ (pictured above, early 2022). Next year, GM will also break ground on an all-new Battery Innovation Lab and Manufacturing Technology Center.

The Hummer EV’s development time of 26 months—down from about 50 months—is now the benchmark. Consequently, the development schedules for 12 vehicle programs have been moved up, including three other GMCs, four Chevrolets and four Cadillacs. In addition, Buick’s lineup will include two Ultium-based EVs.

Watch: GMC Hummer EV officially revealed

Share on Facebook

More on the subject

ElectricGM Invests $2.9 Billion in its First All-electric Vehicle Plant
General Motors has just announced a plan to invest $2.9 million at its Detroit-Hamtramck factory to build all-electric trucks and SUVs exclusively. Due in late 2021, the first model on the assembly line will be a pickup that’s expected to wear a Hummer badge (with up to 1,000 horsepower and …
ElectricGM’s Future EVs Finally Come into Focus
General Motors’ presentation inside the Design Dome at its Tech Center in Warren, Michigan yesterday not only included a new, ultra-powerful battery with up to 645 kilometres of range, but also a glimpse and a few details about its upcoming electric vehicles. Unfortunately, no cameras were allowed, and except for …
ElectricGM Breaks up Corvette Team To Develop EVs and Autonomous Cars
The new, eighth-generation 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray , which was crowned as the North American Car of the Year back in January, owes much of its success to a world-class team of designers and engineers. The thinking heads at General Motors know it and now they want to use them …
ElectricGMC Hummer EV SUV, Chevrolet Electric Pickup Make Surprise Cameo
During its presentation at the virtual Barclays Global Automotive Conference on Thursday, General Motors made several important announcements regarding the development of its next-generation electric vehicles. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra was joined by Doug Parks, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, but a couple …