Cadillac Steve Carlisle describes GM's plans to go electric
Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press
Cadillac Sunday revealed the brand's first electric car and said it will be General Motors' leader in the design and launch of EV & # 39;
GM CEO Mary Barra said Cadillac will be known to consumers for its innovation.
"Heading innovation and technology will make the Cadillac Cadillac again," Barra told reporters at a media event in Detroit, where EV was shown along with Cadillac's new 3-row SUV XT6. 19659005] GM offers Chevrolet Bolt, an electric vehicle, now, but Barra said letting Cadillac take the lead, takes the luxury mark to "the next level."
Cadillac president Steve Carlisle reveals plans to pack batteries for future cars. (Photo: Mandi Wright, Detroit Free Press)
Cadillac showed journalists gathered on the eve of the detroit auto show a photo of the brand's first EV, but did not release a start date or other details.
The vehicle will be the first out of a future platform GM is developing for electric motors that will accommodate all wheels, front and rear wheel drive vehicles across the automaker's four brands. The Cadillac portfolio will not only benefit from a variety of body styles that can be spiked by this architecture, but also other brands, Barra said.
The most advanced components within this platform are drives and battery cells, both of which are designed for maximum ease of use throughout GM & # 39; s global vehicle setup. The output of the EV battery systems can be adjusted based on the needs of the vehicle and the customer.
GM told investors that Cadillac will be in charge of GM's goal of offering an all-electric vehicle lineup in the future.
GM will build the new XT6 in Spring Hill, Tennessee, but it is unclear where it will build the new Cadillac EV's. A GM spokesman said the company is not yet discussing the production site.
In November, GM said it would idle five factories in North America, three of them vehicle assembly plants. One is the Detroit Hamtramck, which makes the Chevrolet Volt hybrid sedan. Another is in Lordstown, Ohio, where GM builds the Chevrolet Cruze compact car. The third is in Oshawa, Ontario.
Asked if Detroit-Hamtramck or Lordstown could be a good form of future EV product, Barra said: "We must first exploit our capacity and we work hard to give job opportunities to all the affected employees. "
She noted that GM has 2,700 open jobs in plants, including Flint, Spring Hill and Arlington, Texas. So far, 700 of the affected workers in Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown have been located in other plants.
"We will continue to work with our UAW partners to do so," Barra said.
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As for Cadillac EV, it will be a crossover vehicle that will "hit" the heart of the crossover market and meet customer needs around the world, "said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac." It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while placing Cadillac as the highlight of mobility. "
Cadillac EV's name and additional details will be revealed closer to launch.
Cadillac is on an aggressive product launch, planning to roll out a new vehicle every six months until 2021. In addition to revealing the new XT6, Carlisle showed Sunday night on both a future Escalade and a forthcoming performance since
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