Regulations across the globe have continued to reshape automakers’ future product plans — and it means more electrified cars.
GM China announced on Tuesday that it has plans to introduce 10 additional electrified cars locally in addition to 10 already-planned models. In the announcement, GM said the first set of 10 electrified, or new-energy vehicles, began rolling out in 2016 and will continue through 2020. Between 2021 and 2023, another 10 electrified models will arrive.
It’s important to note that “electrified” covers a range of vehicles: mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric cars.
Some of the first electrified models GM-SAIC-Wuling, the U.S automaker’s local joint-venture partners, introduced include the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Buick Velite 5 (a reskinned Chevrolet Volt), and the Baojun E100, a tiny battery-electric city car. In the near future, Buick will also introduce the Velite 6 plug-in and Velite 6 EV.
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The announcement follows GM’s pledge to introduce 20 new purely electric vehicles by 2023 as well. It’s unclear if North America will see all 20 electric cars, but it’s almost certain China will. The country has moved to adopt policies that reward new-energy vehicle purchases, including lofty incentives for the vehicles.
“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,” Matt Tsien, GM executive vice president and president of GM China, said.
GM launched its first battery-electric car at the end of 2017, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, with an EPA-estimated 238-mile range. It’s clear the Bolt EV is only the beginning of the automaker’s electrification strategy.