Gm may be busy producing new crown virus masks and ventilators, according tomedia reports, but that hasn’t caused the carmaker to slow down its electric vehicle road map process — even though it will have to wait longer to really show the results of the work to the market. While both Cadillac Lyriq electric cars and GMC Hummer EV have been forced to postpone releases because of the new corona virus pandemic, GM executives say the company’s electric roadmap could actually accelerate rather than hit the brakes.
It is understood that the new Cadillac and the rebooted Hummer will be the first car products to use the GM Ultium platform. The new platform includes new battery technology and a new EV architecture that, according to the carmaker, can travel more than 400 miles on a single charge.
If all had been done as planned, consumers would have seen the Hummer EV later this month, but the GMC announced the delay at the end of April.
For now, GM isn’t ready to set a new date for Cadillac or GMC’s release on the calendar. Given that several U.S. states are still extending their home quarantine bans, it’s no surprise that they’re taking a wait-and-see approach. However, Ken Morris, gm’s vice president of electric and self-driving cars, said the first appearances of the two electric cars would certainly be this year, even if they would take on a new format. One possibility is to hold a digital event, as you can see in the tech industry.
While falling global oil prices and consumer caution due to a recession and other potential recessions may lead to a decline in enthusiasm for electric cars, Morris disagrees – “Within the time frame we launched, EVs are really going to get more of a “do we offer what people want?” ‘The impact. ‘We’re trying to provide a range of cars that really meet the needs of consumers. “
It is understood that Hummer EV is expected to be available in the autumn of 2021. Cadillac Lyriq, meanwhile, was scheduled to debut on April 2 and launch in 2021. But they are just two of the 20 new EVs GM GM has previously said will be launched using the BEV3 platform by 2023.
Of the ongoing outbreak, Morris said: “We haven’t changed our plans at all. We even — in the case of a particular car — pushed that car to the front according to the current project. “
We don’t know which car it is. One possibility is that GM may try to introduce a cheaper EV because the market could be affected by a cheaper car than Hummer or Lyriq.