So, What Exactly Is GM's EV Plan?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

General Motors’ pledge to introduce 20 electric vehicles by 2023 sounded great to tech-obsessed investors and granola types, but the exact nature of these products, for the most part, remained hazy.

Sure, the Hummer name’s coming back, attached to a massive (and massively powerful) GMC pickup, and the Chevrolet Bolt’s getting a sibling, but what about the rest? Well, there’s news on that front.

In its annual sustainability report, GM sheds some light on these upcoming products. You already know about the Cadillac Lyriq and its very special (precious?) name, but you probably didn’t know the General’s premium brand plans to roll out a “globally-sized” three-row, midsize EV crossover, as well. Or a luxury full-size SUV that’s free of internal combustion.

Escalade twin? It seems so. GM says the big model “builds on the DNA” of that very model.

If this all sounds too tony and high-end, the brand also has an “attainable luxury” model in the works, aimed at buyers shopping in the compact XT4 section. And the Celestique halo car, well, that hand-built product earns the title of “Cadillac Celestiq Statement Vehicle” in the report, with the division mentioning a build rate of 1.2 vehicles per day.


Less exclusive will be the aforementioned Bolt EUV, a small CUV that joins the Chevrolet lineup next year (that holds the distinction of being the first non-Cadillac offered with Super Cruise hands-off driver-assist). It’ll soon have company, with the Chevrolet brand planning to add a midsize EV crossover for those who like that sort of thing. And it seems the GMC Hummer will have a bowtie sibling/rival in the form of what GM currently refers to as a “Chevrolet BET Truck” — full-size product boasting a maximum driving range of 400 miles. Just like the Hummer.

For Buick, GM’s electrified ambitions spells two upcoming products: a conventionally proportioned crossover and a second utility vehicle boasting a “more expressive proportion with a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion.” Is it possible we’ve already seen this particular vehicle?

At GM’s truck division, the near future holds the Hummer EV, but GMC plans to turn that vehicle into an “off-road-capable” SUV that retains the Hummer model name.

Lots of green on the way.

[Images: General Motors]

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  • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Jul 16, 2020

    "the Celestique halo car, well, that hand-built product earns the title of “Cadillac Celestiq Statement Vehicle” in the report, with the division mentioning a build rate of 1.2 vehicles per day" They're insane.

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    • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Jul 16, 2020

      Could you predict cult status of Escalade in 1998? If you told me back then that Escalade will be one of the most desirable luxury vehicles in USA I would think that you are insane.

  • Hurricanehole Hurricanehole on Jul 17, 2020

    Really. Granola types, is it still the 60/70’s? What do u call a person who likes eggs and bacon for breakfast a real man? Update your stereotypes.

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