In the framework of the CES 2021 fair, General Motors presented prototypes of electric vehicles as well as its plans to produce 30 models with this technology by the middle of this decade.
In this context, the company announced an increase in 27 billion dollars of investment in this technology until 2025. A figure higher than the 20 billion dollars expected before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is how he introduced the next Cadillac Celestiq, which he described as a luxury car. It should be noted that there is no launch date but some details of this new electric sedan were shown.
The Celestiq will feature four-wheel drive and steering, as well as an attractive smart glass roof that will allow the user set the desired level of transparency, in combination with the ambient lighting in the cabin.
The board will also feature a curved LED screen. The displays will function as an operations center from where different functions can be controlled. In recent years a large number of concept cars where screens take a leading role in design.
Celestiq, like the Cadillac Lyriq and GMC Hummer EV, was developed with GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform., which will power a wide range of electric vehicles to large pickup trucks, compact crossovers and even high-performance vehicles.
8 months after the technology was presented for the first time, GM projects the second-generation Ultium batteries, scheduled for mid-decade, to cost 60 percent less than those used today., while it will provide twice the expected energy density.
According to the company, these second-generation cells will be closer to cost parity with gasoline engines because cell design allows for higher energy density and uses less inactive material, which provides more space for the part of the battery that produces power.
In addition there is a greater integration between vehicles and the battery pack, enabling fewer cells and modules. On the other hand is the fact that cathodes are less expensive, the reduction of active material, new electrolytes and the first use of lithium metal anodes in a GM battery.
The company stressed that Ultium batteries will be easy to repair at the module level, which will help to reduce repair costs.
Another novelty that was announced was that by 2023, 22 GM vehicles will feature Super Cruise, including the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, which will make it the first GM electric vehicle to feature this drive system that until now was exclusive to Cadillac.
These changes arise within the framework of the company’s commitment to help reduce vehicle emissions. “Climate change is real, and we want to be part of the solution by putting everyone in an electric vehicle,” said Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of General Motors, during the virtual event that was held at the CES fair.
“We are transitioning to an all-electric portfolio from a position of strength, focused on growth. We can accelerate our EV plans because we are rapidly building a competitive advantage in batteries, software, vehicle integration, manufacturing and customer experience, ”he added.
The company unveiled a vertical landing flying vehicle that lacks a steering wheel and pedals. It has an expansive glass roof and biometric sensors to read the vital signs of passengers, with the aim of adjusting settings such as temperature, lighting and ambient noise based on that data.
It also integrates gesture recognition and voice control technology to make those adjustments more easily. The aircraft includes a 90kWh electric motor to power four rotors to allow the takeoff and the landing vertical.
Michael Simcoe, GM vice president of global design, described it as “A social space for a group of friends or family to spend time together on the way to a destination”.
It should be noted that this flying car is a prototype, so there is no precise release date and it is not clear whether this exact model will be marketed. Rather, it is a sample that shows the type of design and technology that the company will use for its future development plans.
General Motors announced that it will develop a new delivery and logistics business called BrightDrop, the first products of which will be a electrified pallet and a delivery van to be launched later this year.
The two vehicles will be powered by GM’s Ultium battery platform, the true heart of the new electric cars that the company will launch.
General Motors estimates that the new company will contribute to creating a complete ecosystem for the delivery of electrical power, software, vehicles and other services, according to Pamela Fletcher, vice president of GM’s global electric vehicle program.
The first vehicle to be launched with the brand BrightDrop will be EP1, which will be powered by the Ultium platform and will go into production early this year
On the other side is the electric truck EV600, built with the same platform and that will enter production at the end of 2021. It will also include a security system with motion sensors to offer greater security in the cargo area.
In addition, users who purchase BrightDrop products will have a control system that will allow them to track the location of each equipment, monitor the status of the battery, as well as have a record of incidents and other complementary information.