During an event last week at its technical center in Shanghai, General Motors summarized the company’s near term electrification plans for the Chinese market.
According to Executive Director of Electrification, Larry Nitz, GM is accelerating the launch of electrified vehicles – called “new energy vehicles” (NEVs) in China. The company intends to build a local battery facility to support NEVs with its joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp, SAIC-GM, indicating it is expecting to expand its number of NEV models in the Chinese market.
“Our electrification approach is about delivering an industry-leading driving experience,” said Nitz at the workshop. “China is an important market in which GM’s technology and scale can deliver solutions for customers and bring societal benefits.”
The discussion focused on the upcoming introductions of three models: The plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Cadillac CT6 and gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains for the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid (above photo) and Chevrolet Malibu XL Hybrid.
The expansion of NEV models will be led by the LaCrosse and Malibu XL, an extended length version of the Malibu specific for the Chinese market not offered in North America.
Both sedans will use the same full hybrid system; a new direct-injected 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine connected to an integrated and modular two-motor electric drive unit, which is powered by an 80-cell, 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.
Using the Chinese fuel economy test procedure, the Malibu XL Hybrid is expected to achieve a fuel economy of 53.7 mpg (4.3L/100 km); the LaCrosse Hybrid is anticipated to deliver 50 mpg (4.7L/100 km).
The Cadillac CT6 PHEV will arrive later in the year powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder gasoline engine, and is capable of a 50 mile (80 km) all-electric driving range. The miles-per gallon equivalent (MPGe) is anticipated to be 138.4 (1.7L/100 km).
Cadillac introduced the CT6 PHEV last year and said production will only be in China and will be exported to the U.S.