General Motors Unveils Electric Car Concept

General Motors has unveiled the Buick Electra concept car at the Beijing Auto Show, featuring an unusual design. This is reported on the Gmauthority website .

What Is Unusual?

Buick Electra is built on the BEV3 platform. At the same time, the novelty received a GM Ultium battery system. New production models based on the concept should appear within five years.

The exterior of the Buick Electra Concept, with organic lines and sculpted surfaces throughout the body, wheels, and lighting, is an original combination of elegance and dynamism. Notable features include a backlit front grille, unusual LED Matrix headlights, butterfly doors, and large innovative 23-inch wheels.

The interior of the model also looks unusual. A steering wheel is used instead of a rudder. Besides, the traditional dashboard is missing. Instead, there is a screen that replaces devices, a multimedia system, and all other functions.

According to preliminary information, the Buick Electra Concept can travel 412 miles (660 km) on a single charge. The power line consists of two Ultium Drive motors, one for each axle. Their total performance is 583 horsepower. The model can accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds. We remind you that Buick Electra cars were produced by General Motors from 1959 to 1990.

Future Plans

General Motors has released its annual Sustainability Report, which includes information on upcoming electric models that the company plans to release. In the report, GM says they are “on track for an all-electric future with a commitment to deliver 20 new electric vehicles by 2023."

In its sustainability report, GM reaffirmed that the electrification offensive is on track despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

GM is investing $ 2.2 billion to retool its Detroit-Hamtramck electric vehicle assembly plant. It will start producing the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup next year, followed by the autonomous Cruise Origin.

In its report, GM also says the company will commit more than $ 20 billion in capital and engineering resources to its electric and autonomous vehicle programs by 2025.

GM is continuing to build a battery plant with LG Chem near Lordstown, Ohio that will manufacture Ultium batteries. The Ultium modular battery platform allows electric vehicles of different models and segments to be assembled on a single platform.

Continuing its commitment to the environment, GM says that all of GM's US plants will be powered by renewable energy by 2030, and all worldwide by 2040.

GM Unveils Cadillac Lyriq Premium Electric Crossover Concept

As planned, American automaker General Motors unveiled its first electric car ⏤ the premium crossover Cadillac Lyriq. This is a show car (in fact, a concept), but it is expected that a production model based on it will not keep you waiting too long.

The design of the novelty is distinguished by futurism and fresh visual solutions for the brand, as well as an abundance of LED elements and huge 22-inch wheels. The model is based on the new modular GM platform with the Ultium propulsion system, the buyer will be offered a basic rear-wheel drive or more advanced all-wheel-drive version.

The electric car also supports an improved version of the proprietary Super Cruise technology, which will allow driving on American roads (the system supports more than 200,000 miles of US roads) without having to keep their hands on the wheel. Acoustics AKG not only plays music but also acts as an active noise reduction system, which has a positive effect on the comfort of the driver and passengers.

General Motors: Key Information

General Motors is a US automotive company, the world's largest car manufacturer. William Crapo Durant is the founder of the corporation. The company was formed as a result of the merger of several car manufacturers such as Olds Motor Vehicle Company, Buick. In 1909 Cadillac and Pontiac joined them.

Today the company's factories are located in more than 32 countries around the world. General Motors includes such brands as Opel, Buick, Vauxhall, Holden, Cadillac, Pontiac, SAAB, Saturn, Hummer, Chevrolet, and "GMC". In the early 2000s, Chevrolet also felt the global financial crisis. The solution was found in the decision to sell budget class cars. In 2002, GM acquired Daewoo Motor. The company is named GM Daewoo Auto and Technology (GM DAT).

General Motors Senior Vice President Stephen A. Keefer outlined the company's prospects for the near future, as part of the overall "electrification" of the world's most popular auto brands.

Anyone immersed in the automotive theme of a person associates cars from General Motors with powerful "atmospheric". Now the popular automaker has gone so far as to install two-liter turbo engines on its SUVs.

Recently, under the terms of the deal between GM and Nikola, the latter transfers the first package of its shares for $ 2 billion (for this, an additional issue will be carried out) and the right to appoint one member of its board of directors. In return, it gets access to components (including batteries and fuel elements) and GM manufacturing facilities to design and manufacture its Badger electric pickup truck. As noted by the Financial Times , citing representatives of Nikola, this will allow the company to save $ 4 billion in the cost of batteries and electric motors and $ 1 billion in the cost of designing and certifying components. And GM will benefit from $ 2 billion in additional benefits from contracts to manufacture Badger and supply batteries and fuel cells, as well as from its 80% greenhouse gas emission quotas from Badger sales. It is worth noting that Nikola is providing high-quality engineering services in different spheres including suspension engineering , mechanical engineering, etc.

“Nikola immediately gains decades of sourcing and manufacturing experience, certified, tested and ready-to-manufacture components, world-class designers, and investor confidence. Most importantly, GM is now committed to Nikola's success,” said Nikola founder and CEO Trevor Milton.

“This strategic partnership with Nikola, a leading innovator in the industry, continues the development of our new Ultium batteries and Hydrotec fuel cells. We are increasing our presence in various electric vehicle segments and scaling up volumes to lower the cost of producing batteries and fuel cells and increase profitability,” said GM CEO Mary Barra.