Making Our All-Electric Vision a Reality

Throughout 2020, we at GM have remained focused on our vision of an all-electric, zero-emissions future – and are committed to winning the EV race. That means accelerating product development and building out charging infrastructure. It also means enhancing our software systems and core Ultium battery, drive unit and architecture technologies. We believe all of this will delight our customers and strengthen their loyalty.

This summer we’ve rolled out a number of updates on our EV programs. This is more than a series of actions – it is part of our multi-brand, multi-segment strategy to help make our vision a reality. Consider what we’ve done recently:


  1. Even while using the Super Cruise driver assistance feature, always pay attention while driving and do not use a hand-held device. Visit for compatible highways and more information. Requires active OnStar plan, active Wi-Fi Hotspot, working electrical system, cell reception and GPS signal
  2. Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle's owner's manual for more important feature limitations and information.
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  4. Your actual range will vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age and how you use and maintain your vehicle

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New all-electric Cadillac LYRIQ displayed in gray background.

We unveiled the all-new Cadillac LYRIQ showcar; Cadillac’s first fully electric EV and a car that we expect will help redefine American luxury.

GM’s Ultium battery system, to be used for future GM and Honda EV products, displayed at GM’s Warren Tech Center.

We shared our next steps with Honda developing future electric vehicles that will leverage our Ultium battery system, research and development, and other advanced technology.

GM Hyrdotec fuel cell system animated image displayed in gray background.

We signed an agreement with Nikola to engineer and manufacture the Nikola Badger using our Ultium battery system, and to be the exclusive supplier of Hydrotec fuel cells globally for Nikola’s Class 7/8 semi-trucks, except in Europe.

EVgo fast charging station charging a blue and red Chevrolet EV Bolt.

EVgo and GM will collaborate to build more than 2,700 public fast chargers over the next five years to help make charging more accessible and convenient for our customers.

Uber passenger with a mask entering a red Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Uber and GM are offering drivers special pricing on 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Cadillac LYRIQ car in black background with blue animated outline

We will be the first automaker to use an almost completely wireless battery management system, for production electric vehicles.

The 5 interchangeable drive units of GM’s Ultium Drive on a black background. From left to right: assist all-wheel drive, front wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, truck front-wheel and rear-wheel drive, truck dual motor.

We formally announced “Ultium Drive”, a family of five interchangeable drive units and three motors, to power GM toward a fully electric lineup.

New Chevrolet Bolt EV displayed in front of a sunset.

We previewed the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, the sport/utility version of Bolt EV, which will be the first Chevrolet to offer Super Cruise1.

Illuminated grill of the GMC Hummer EV against a black background. Disclaimer at the bottom reads: pre-production model shown. Initial availability Fall 2021.

We set a date to reveal the GMC Hummer EV to the world: Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Steel bars being erected at the construction site of GM’s Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing plant with LG Chem.

We are continuing construction at our new Ultium Cells LLC plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to mass-produce Ultium battery cells with LG Chem.

At the same time, we’re looking beyond the immediate future to our next evolutionary leap with battery chemistry. Our recipe is a lithium-protected anode with a proprietary liquid electrolyte. In our R&D lab, we have a multi-layer pouch cell that's already completed 500 deep charge/discharge cycles, offering promise for automotive applications. Silicon anodes and lithium metal anodes are expected to improve vehicle range and affordability – early results are promising and show the necessary durability. These chemistry advancements are the key to more range and lower cost for our customers.

GM employee and R&D Lab Group Manager Mei Cai, PhD, wearing a mask and holding up a single Ultium battery cell at GM’s R&D Lab.

General Motors is already at work on the next evolution of its Ultium battery cells. GM R&D Lab Group Manager Mei Cai, PhD, displays a working prototype of a battery cell with a lithium metal anode, a significant step on the path to remarkable energy density breakthroughs, with even more power and range at lower costs. This cell has already completed more than 500 deep charge/discharge cycles. (Photo by Steve Fecht for General Motors)

Our EVs will also feature expanded over-the-air updates provided by our new Vehicle Intelligence Platform. The system allows smartphone-like functional upgrades to software-based systems throughout the lifespan of our vehicles. This will provide us with the electrical bandwidth and connectivity capable of managing up to 4.5 terabytes of data processing power per hour – that’s the kind of electrical horsepower necessary for present and future generations of EVs.

But our business strategy goes beyond our own vehicle programs. Our recent announcements show our technologies and expertise are marketable assets, and can be deployed to drive growth.  We can and will work with others across the industry, and beyond, to expand scale, increase investment in electrification, accelerate customer adoption – and get more EVs on the road. Our Ultium battery system, for example, are expected to have significant market potential, as our agreements with Nikola and Honda help demonstrate.

We are aggressively going after every aspect of the EV ecosystem. First, because we need millions of EVs on the road to make a meaningful impact toward building a zero-tailpipe emissions future. Second, because GM is uniquely positioned to design, engineer, and produce EVs that are stylish, fun to drive and affordable for our customers. And finally, to help drive the kind of growth that should benefit our employees, our investors, our dealers, our suppliers, and the communities where we do business.

The upshot of all this remains the same:

We want to put everyone in an EV, and we believe we’re the best company to do it.

This year, we’ve shown that GM’s EV program has a tremendous foundation, one that will help us advance toward our vision of having 1 million EVs on the road by mid-decade.

Mark Reuss,
General Motors President


1Even while using the Super Cruise driver assistance feature for compatible highways, always pay attention while driving and do not use a hand-held device. Requires properly equipped vehicle, active Super Cruise subscription, working electrical system, cell reception, and GPS signal.


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