General Motors Outlines Zero-Emission Path in China

GM has announced its path to electrification in China. The General is planning 10 new EVs and hybrids from 2016 to 2020 in that country and then plans on doubling its new energy fleet again by 2023.

New energy, in this case, means a wide range of vehicles. Anything from a stop-start mild-hybrid to fully electric models.

Some of the new fleet has already been launched. Like the Cadillac CT6 Plug-In, Buick Velite 5 range-extended EV, and Baojun E100 city car EV. Buick has also announced a Velite 6 in plug-in and EV forms.

GM says that as of last month, its new energy fleet in China had logged more than 46 million electric miles. “China is playing an essential role in driving toward a future of zero emissions, and General Motors is intent on helping to make it happen,” said Matt Tsien, GM executive vice president and president of GM China. “We will continue to grow our electric vehicle portfolio in China with diverse solutions that encompass various electric ranges and body styles.”

GM operates a battery assembly plant in Shanghai in a joint venture with SAIC. That plant will help keep the expanding fleet charged. GM notes that it uses the same strict technical standards as the company’s US battery plant.

“For GM, driving toward a zero emissions future is more than just about building electric vehicles,” said Tsien. “We are committed to driving increased customer usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions, and to bringing the future forward to benefit generations to come.”

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