GMs third generation global EV platform and Ultium battery system

GM's third generation global EV platform and Ultium battery system

General Motors has set out its technology rollout plan for electrification, intelligent driving and connectivity in China and said that over 40% of new product launches in China will be electrified over the next five years.

At Tech Day (held at the PATAC Design Dome in Shanghai and virtual presentations from the Warren Design Dome in Michigan), China's version of GM's EV Day held in March in Warren, the company showed its new global EV platform, the 'Ultium' battery system and next-generation EVs to be launched in China.

In electrification, more than 40% of GM's new launches in China in the next five years will be electrified models. They will all be manufactured in China, with almost all parts coming from local suppliers.

GM said the Ultium battery system and third-generation global electric platform will 'integrate GM's engineering flexibility, technology advances with highly localized manufacturing, and supply chain in China to enhance quality and cost competitiveness'.

In intelligent driving, GM said it will help strengthen consumer trust in China through the continued rollout and upgrade of the Super Cruise driver assistance system, which will be featured on Cadillac's entire line-up by mid-decade and expanded to Buick and Chevrolet models.

The company will also accelerate the development of China-specific solutions for intelligent connected vehicles, with its first global vehicle-to-everything (V2X) program set for launch this year on a Buick GL8 MPV for China.

In connectivity, nearly all GM vehicles in China from its global brands will be connected via 'flexible platforms and industry-leading scale'. GM said it will capitalize on mega-trends like 5G, artificial intelligence, smart cities and big data.

In 2022, 5G will be available on all new Cadillac models and most Chevrolet and Buick vehicles going forward. The most up-to-date connected services will be provided through over-the-air updates. 

"We will enhance local integration and global collaboration by capitalizing on China-leading market trends and playing to the local industry's strengths," said Julian Blissett, GM executive vice president and president of GM China. "We are ready to activate a new era."

"As GM's largest market and a global center of innovation, China will play a crucial role in making our vision a reality," said Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of GM. "With our joint venture partner SAIC, we are blending global insights and scale with local market expertise to redefine what is possible for our customers and for society."

GM said it has been relentlessly pursuing a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, vowing to invest more than $20 billion in electric and automated vehicles by 2025.

More details: Key takeaways from GM's Tech Day