General Motors has accelerated its electrification process in China with the commitment to introduce more advanced technologies to the Chinese market, in pursuit of a clean and intelligent future.
According to Julian Blissett, GM’s executive vice-president and GM China president, the company will achieve carbon neutrality across the world by 2040. It plans to achieve zero emissions of all new light vehicles by 2035.
To achieve that, GM plans to invest $27 billion in the electric vehicle and autonomous driving sectors by 2025.
Blissett said in an interview: “We believe in the future of pure electric and GM is always committed to bringing the products with most advanced global technologies to China.”
The carmaker is accelerating the introduction of global technologies in China. The first model based on GM’s Ultium hyperscale battery platform－the Cadillac Lyriq SUV－will make its domestic debut at the upcoming Shanghai auto show and hit the market early next year, according to Blissett.
The Ultium battery system will power electric vehicles across brands and segments in China, using GM’s localized manufacturing and supply base, the company said.
After the Lyriq, Buick and Chevrolet models using the Ultium platform will be launched.
According to GM, an enhanced version of the intelligent driving assistant system Super Cruise will be launched in China this year. It will have features including lane change on demand as well as richer map data.
Another technology, GM’s Vehicle Intelligence Platform, is a digital platform known as the central nervous system of a vehicle that connects, powers and controls nearly every component.
Launched in the Cadillac CT5 sedan, VIP has been expanded to Buick models and will be rolled out to most GM global vehicles by 2023.
It integrates GM’s engineering flexibility and technological advances with highly localized manufacturing and its supply chain in China to enhance quality and cost competitiveness, the carmaker said.
GM China’s design center is upgrading and will participate in the design of global electric vehicles. It will take into consideration the needs of the Chinese market in the early stage of development, according to Blissett. The upgraded center will open in June.