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Auto ShowsCadillac Is Launching an EV and Will Lead GM's Electrification Push

20:31  11 january  2019
20:31  11 january  2019 Source:   caranddriver.com

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Cadillac is expected to become General Motors Co's lead electric vehicle brand as the largest U.S Johan de Nysschen, who was then Cadillac ’s president, told Reuters at the Detroit auto show in January 2018 the luxury brand will play a “central role” in GM ’ s electrification strategy, including China.

GM is preparing a team of leaders for the age of electrification . According to the latest news “Ableson will lead GM ’ s efforts in developing necessary partnerships or identifying incentives and +1. Also in Cadillac , Buick, GMC dealership since all GM vehicles will share a common charging standards.

Cadillac Is Launching an EV and Will Lead GM's Electrification Push© Cadillac Cadillac will lead GM's push for more electrified vehicles, and the luxury brand is launching a new EV on GM's new battery-electric vehicle architecture.

After the short-lived ELR (pictured) and the now defunct CT6 plug-in hybrid, Cadillac is hoping that the third time's the charm for its electrification efforts. This time, GM's luxury brand will go all in with a new fully electric vehicle riding on a new battery-electric vehicle architecture that will eventually be used for other GM models. GM also said that Cadillac will be the company's leading EV brand, meaning that this new model likely won't be the last EV to join Cadillac's lineup.

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Critics of GM and proponents of electric vehicles claim that GM feared the emergence of electrical vehicle technology because the cars might cut into The EV 1 program was initially administered by a GM engineer named Kenneth Baker, who had been the lead on the Electrovette program in the 1970 s .

This leads us to conclude that , not only is Cadillac working on a true flagship model, but also that this model will launch in the 2021 calendar year, or roughly While all German flagships will have electrical variants in the future, Cadillac would stand out with an exclusively EV model and together with Tesla

There is very little information about this Cadillac EV at this point, and we have no idea what form it will take. The new GM EV architecture, presumably different than the current Chevrolet Bolt EV's underpinnings, is said to be flexible, meaning it's able to accomodate various battery-pack sizes, a range of body styles, and rear-, front-, or all-wheel-drive setups.

If we were to guess, we'd place our bets on a Cadillac EV crossover to arrive first, as the brand seems to be intent on growing its SUV lineup. The XT5 is Cadillac's top seller; the smaller XT4 launched last year,and the larger, three-row XT6 debuts next week at the Detroit auto show. An EV crossover would also match up well against other luxury brands' new electric offerings, such as Audi's e-tron, Mercedes-Benz's EQC, and Jaguar's I-Pace.

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On Thursday, GM announced a pretty big move in promoting Pamela Fletcher, who led the team that successfully launched the Bolt EV , to the newly created position of ‘Vice President, Global Electric Vehicle Programs’.

Cadillac is expected to become General Motors ' lead electric vehicle brand as the largest U.S Johan de Nysschen, who was then Cadillac 's president, told Reuters at the Detroit auto show in January 2018 the luxury brand will play a "central role" in GM ' s electrification strategy, including China.

As this EV architecture rolls out across General Motors, it will be crucial to the broader electrification strategy. The company recently closed several factories and canceled several passenger-car models in a major restructuring that includes a plan to reduce the number of vehicle architectures so that about 75 percent of its global sales ride on one of five architectures in the near future. This EV architecture is surely one of these five.

There's no word yet on timing of this new Cadillac model, but we expect to hear more about it over the next few months as GM leans further into its new electrification strategy.

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