Cadillac To Lead GM’s EV Strategy, Will Launch First BEV3-Based Electric Car

Cadillac will reportedly lead GM’s new EV strategy, becoming the first brand within the company to offer a new electric model based on the forthcoming BEV3 platform.

GM is expected to make an official announcement today, according to a report from Reuters. This will include whether the new electric Cadillac will be a sedan or a crossover, and where it will be built, says the report citing inside sources.

This marks a departure from GM’s previous strategy, that focused on offering EVs and electrified models under the Chevrolet brand, including the plug-in hybrid Volt and the all-electric Bolt. GM has already announced the end of production for the Volt, as well as the plug-in hybrid Cadillac CT6.

Back in November, GM also announced that it will double its investment for electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies over the next two years.

We’ve known about this new EV-specific BEV3 architecture since 2017, when we learned that the first car to use it will arrive in the market by 2021, serving as a base for at least nine other models. These will range from a compact SUV, to a large seven-seat luxury crossover and a large commercial van.

Mary Barra, GM’s CEO, said this week that the company aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles per year by 2026.

Stay tuned for GM’s official announcement in the next few hours.

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Cadillac Escala concept pictured

  • Bash

    Looking at the header picture.
    Is that only the angle of the picture or is it really the steering wheel is not centered with the driving seat.

    • Knotmyrealname

      Just perspective. The further away the items are from/beyond the wheel, the closer to the vanishing point they will be.

      • Bash

        Right.

  • SteersUright

    In 2019 or 2020, there’s no reason it can’t look 100% identical to that concept. Audi has futuristic interiors already at that level and the exterior is nothing out of this world, though it is elegant and sleek. We’ve all been rooting for Cadillac for ages…hopefully they finally aim high and deliver.

  • TheBelltower

    Love the Escala concept. I would be very happy to have this Cadillac in my driveway. Ecstatic, in fact, if it were all electric, made in the US, and offered over 300 miles of range.

  • Paul

    The promises just keep on coming from Cadillac. I hope they deliver some day soon.

  • Dude

    That makes sense. Rich people like quiet interiors and not going to gas stations. EV or not though they need to make the Escala.

  • OdysseyTag

    This concept is painfully beautiful.

  • Yes, this new model is indeed extraordinarily beautiful. Well done there. But I remain somewhat disheartened to see what I knew would happen. That the big automakers have taken so long to see the absolute imperative at electrification and are only now attempting to turn their ships around. Many large automakers will fail, as a result of their unwillingness to adapt fully, earlier on. This step, making the luxury brand the first to rollout the EV, is straight out of Tesla strategic actions. You have to do this in order to justify the higher costs on the first EVs. As you go downmarket, you can expand into the mass market brand offerings. And here we are, 2019, and this is now happening. Very little almost too late.

  • DR.FUNK

    You mean they’re gonna be late to the party…again.

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