Nothing will stop GM's EV onslaught.
Despite everything that's happened over the last few months, GM's game-changing, next-generation "Ultium" battery technology, and the first crop of EVs that will use it, are still right on schedule.
That was one of the key takeaways of GM's tenth annual Sustainability Report, which provides analysts, investors, and the media with a regular update on the state of the automaker's push to become a more sustainable and socially conscious organization. In fact, despite a nationwide shutdown and a switch to remote work wherever possible, every single one of GM's Ultium platform vehicle programs remains on schedule.
And the roster includes some compelling vehicles, like a new battery-powered pickup from Chevrolet.
The pickup, which GM referred to in its report as the "Chevrolet BET Truck", will be Chevrolet's first pure-electric full-size pickup, going head-to-head with Ford's future F-150 Electric. We don't know anything about the vehicle beyond the fact that it will deliver "400+ miles of range" on a full charge, per GM.
The report mentions two other forthcoming Chevrolet EVs: the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which we already knew about, and a yet-unnamed mid-size SUV. Chevy's upmarket counterpart Buick is also set to get a couple of EVs - an SUV designed for maximum passenger and cargo space, and a crossover with "a greater emphasis on form and athletic fashion."
Cadillac, which has been tapped to lead GM's electric vehicle push, currently has a total of five EVs on the horizon: the Lyriq crossover, coming in 2022; the Celestiq halo car, which will be hand-built at a rate of - get this - just 1.2 cars per day; and three additional utility vehicles, one of which will be akin to - if not outright based on - the Escalade.
Finally, GM's Sustainability report reassures us that despite the difficulties of 2020, the GMC Hummer EV truck is still on-track to enter production in late-2021, with an SUV version soon to follow. The Cruise Origin - the curious-looking full-autonomous bus/pod/thing GM showed off back in January - is still on schedule as well.
In addition, GM's Sustainability Report specified that the company is still on-track with site preparations at what will be the home base for Ultium battery cell manufacturing in Lordstown, Ohio. GM has entered into a joint venture with battery partner LG Chem to develop and produce the EV batteries.