GM to offer 2 new electric vehicles in the next 18 months

Release Date: late 2016
MSRP: $37,495 in the USA
Battery Pack Size: 60 kWh
Electric Range: 238 miles
MPGe: 119
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Based off what GM has learned from the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the company is planning to release two more electric vehicles within the next 18 months. After that, they are planning “at least 20 new all-electric vehicles” that will launch in the next 5 years!

It isn’t anything new to hear an automaker make bold claims about future EV offerings, but once the curtain has been pealed back the offerings have included everything from mild plug-in hybrid vehicles to even hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. However, GM’s announcement is specific to all-electric vehicles, not just simply ‘electrified’ vehicles. And yet, confusingly, the press release says that a “zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology”.

Perhaps out of habit, or more skepticism than I want to admit I have, the LA Times headline for this press release reads “GM promises more than 20 electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2023”.

General Motors is moving ahead towards their vision of a world with no crashes and no emissions, which was announced by the company’s CEO Mary Barra.

Full press release

General Motors announced today how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”

In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.

Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification — battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.

GM also introduced SURUS — the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure — a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance — all emissions free.

4 Comments on "GM to offer 2 new electric vehicles in the next 18 months"

  1. Have had my 2017 BOLT only one week. Every time I use it, I am positively impressed! Eat your heart out, Tesla!

  2. Living in Minnesota, we are wondering how our brutal winter will impact the Bolt. Will it take less of a charge in the cold, use a disproportionate amount of the battery charge for heat and less for mileage? Any experience with this?

    • Michael Cerkowski | October 19, 2017 at 11:09 pm | Reply

      Mary, your Bolt will take about the same amount of charge, but it will use much more of it for heat, and range will also be reduced because of reduced battery efficiency in the cold. Expect a range reduction of up to one third in extremely cold conditions. Remember that the seat and steering wheel heaters use very little power compared to the cabin heater, and adjust your usage accordingly, if necessary.

  3. I purchased my Bolt this passed April. I was disappointed that it didn’t have Adaptive Cruise Control and Native GPS Navigation. I purchased because it had been reported that CEO Mary Barra had said an upgrade would be available by the end of the year. Dealer confirmed that they had heard the same at the Detroit auto show.

    Cruise Control button is small and crowded with other buttons requiring you to glance down to select the button. A lever like you find on most cars would have been saver and easier to use.

    Overal, the BOLT is a great vehicle. But if GM doesn’t provide the upgrades, I won’t be buying another vehicle based on promises.

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