Switched On: Chevrolet and Buick Have Big Plans for Battery Power

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As part of a $20 billion program, General Motors will bring out 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023, with more to follow, and a sizable number of those new models will carry Chevrolet and Buick badges.

  • One of the first of the new products will be a stretch version of the current Chevy Bolt EV.
  • A sporty, Equinox-sized SUV is also in the works.
  • Two Buick EVs are being developed with China in mind but could come to the U.S., as well.

With the launch of the Bolt EV for the 2017 model year, Chevrolet got GM’s first long-range battery-electric vehicle, or BEV. And the bowtie brand will be front-and-center when it comes to the company’s new electrification program.

For the 2021 model year, Chevy will get a second version of its current long-range model, the Bolt EUV adding an extra three inches to the original model – which has already gained more range and, for 2020 will get a modest mid-cycle update.

Among other products to follow, Chevrolet will add a compact, all-electric crossover similar in size to the popular Equinox. Think of it as an alternative, rather than a replacement, though GM eventually plans to phase out all products with gas and diesel engines.

Buick already offers a dedicated Chinese EV, the Velite 6 Plus. (Photo: GM)

Expect to see an array of additional Chevy BEVs, and with GM expected to slash production costs with its new Ultium batteries, they could move closer to entry-level segments.

As for Buick, two crossovers were shown during a media backgrounder. One will be a small but sporty crossover, the other a bigger, boxier offering geared towards families. Both will feature 30-inch displays combining digital gauges and infotainment technologies.

While the Buick BEVs initially will target China, where it is a major brand, GM President Mark Reuss said both could eventually come to the U.S.

WHY THIS MATTERS

As GM’s biggest global brand, Chevrolet will be at the heart of GM’s electrification efforts. So will Buick, its biggest brand in the huge Chinese market, where regulators have laid out aggressive mandates calling on automakers to rapidly switch to battery power.



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