General Motors said it planned to launch at least 15 new models in China by 2025, based on its dedicated Ultium EV platform, to strengthen its model range in a fast expanding but increasingly competitive electric vehicle (EV) market.
The automaker also reinforced its commitment to making electric vehicles more connected and intelligent as part of its progress towards its global vision of “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion”.
GM claimed its “revolutionary” Ultium platform was the industry’s first “hyperscale” EV platform designed with flexibility and modularity at its core, providing the power, range and performance to make nearly every vehicle an EV.
Ultium-based models span a wide range of segments and models, including the Cruise Origin AV, BrightDrop commercial vehicles, GMC Hummer EV, the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the Cadillac Celestiq flagship EV unveiled in October.
Julian Blissett, GM executive vice president and president of GM China, said: “GM is accelerating the introduction of Ultium-empowered EVs in China to support the market’s move toward an all-electric future. Through global collaboration and local integration, we are unlocking a transformative experience with real-world benefits for our customers through zero-emission driving.”
The company began deliveries of the Cadillac Lyriq EV SUV in China in September which will be followed by a “wide spectrum” of Ultium based models across brands, segments and body styles.
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The Celestiq and the first Ultium-based Buick model will be launched in China later this year.
GM also said it was stepping up the development and rollout of software defined vehicles, to meet customers’ evolving needs for a digital lifestyle.
Its new software-defined vehicle platform would be introduced in North America and China next year. The platform would enable frequent and seamless updates of apps and services over the air, ensuring users have access to the most innovative experiences and technology.