Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 9:06 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 General Motors reiterated Tuesday that it is committed to an all-electric future and said it will increase production of its Bolt hatchback in the fourth quarter to meet worldwide demand. The company's sustainability report, presented in conjunction with its annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, said it will launch more than 20 new zero-emissions vehicles in global markets by 2023. GM has been aggressive this year in its push for electric and autonomous vehicle development, Chairman and CEO Mary Barra noted in meeting with reporters. "We are committed to an all-EV future and continue to work in that direction," she said. "Just 10 days ago we had an important announcement of a partnership with SoftBank. So if you look at where we are, it’s a very exciting time.” GM is not saying by how much it will ratchet up production of the Bolt, which it presently builds at its Orion … [Read more...] about GM plans expanded Bolt production, 20 new electric vehicles by 2023
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General Motors isn’t messing around with its plans to launch a fleet of electric vehicles in China in the next five years. On Tuesday, GM’s head of Chinese operations, Matt Tsien, revealed that the company is in the process of launching 10 new-energy vehicles in the country between 2016 and 2020. A further 10 electrified vehicles will hit the market between 2021 and 2023, Reuters reports. “Clearly, we have a strategy in place and there is an implementation in place to do that,” Tsien said. GM’s plan comes in response to strict new energy vehicle production quotas being introduced in China. In April, the country revealed that it will remove foreign ownership caps for companies producing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2018, makers of commercial vehicles in 2020, and the rest of the car market by 2022. According to Tsien, despite these new regulations, the General will introduce the 20 EVs in the coming years through its existing joint ventures. Last … [Read more...] about GM Wants To Introduce 20 New Electric Vehicles In China By 2023
Nissan has revealed that it will be launching three new electric vehicles and five e-Power models in Japan by 2022. The new EVs will expand the automaker’s pure electric line-up beyond the single passenger-based offering it has at the moment, the Leaf, while e-Power will grow its range extender model base beyond the Note e-Power and Serena e-Power models currently available in the domestic market. The trio of EV offerings will be part of the 12 pure electric vehicles the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is due to deploy by 2022. Announced last year, the alliance’s next-generation of electrified vehicles will involve common, scalable EV platforms for multiple segments by 2020, with platform sharing occuring on a common basis by the target date. A new family of EV motors and batteries will also feature, starting from 2020. Nissan says it expects electric vehicles and e-Power models to make up 40% of sales in Japan by 2022, and by 2025 it anticipates that half of the … [Read more...] about Nissan to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-Power range extender models in Japan by 2022
For 15 years now, Buick has been a far more important brand in China than it is in North America: four out of five Buicks sold globally are purchased by Chinese buyers. The brand has a wider range and variety of vehicles in that country, along with numerous models U.S. buyers never lay eyes on. So Buick's announcement that it will take the wraps off a new model with both plug-in hybrid and battery-electric versions inevitably leads eager U.S. plug-in electric car fans to wonder if those cars will appear Stateside. DON'T MISS: GM to launch two new electric vehicles within 18 months, 20 by 2023 (Oct 2017) On April 2, Buick announced it would introduce a pair of new Velite 6 models at the Beijing auto show that opens to the public later this month. The Velite name is already used on the version of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid sold in China, which is available there not as a Chevy but as the Buick Velite 5. One version of the upcoming Velite 6 will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, … [Read more...] about Buick to launch new electric, plug-in hybrid models in China; what about US?
Buick has an image problem in the U.S., where it’s seen as a brand for The Olds, and where it’s planning to take its own name off of its cars in 2019. But in China, where Buick sold 1.2 million vehicles last year, it’s a completely different story. Electric is also big there, which brings us to the big Buick news of the day: an electric concept for China called the Enspire. The Enspire will debut later this month in Beijing, and reflects Buick’s continued push into China and what is turning out to be the future of the brand. And while the Enspire is just a concept, GM has said that it will launch 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, meaning that the Enspire is just the tip of the iceberg. Buick didn’t release many details about what might be inside, just the teaser image you see above, though we can probably assume that it’ll be based on the Chevy Bolt platform. One other burning question: Will the Enspire, in some form, ever be available in the U.S.? … [Read more...] about Buick’s New Electric Concept Is Very Round