GM expects 500,000 new electric vehicle sales/yr by 2025

  • Published on July 10th, 2017

GM is now aiming to sell 150,000 “new energy vehicles” (electric plus hydrogen fuel cell) a year by 2020, and 500,000 a year by 2025 — as revealed at a recent 20th anniversary of the company’s launch of its first two joint ventures in China with SAIC.

By James Ayre  Buick Velite 5 extended range electric vehicle

While most of you reading this are probably aware of the brands that GM sells under, it’s probably worth clarifying here that the Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac brands are all GM brands.

If those goals are to be achieved, then those brands will obviously need to start releasing a lot more new energy vehicle models. The core vehicle type implied when writing or saying “new energy vehicle” is a fully electric vehicle powered by batteries, but it should also be clarified that this Chinese vehicle category includes plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, conventional (non-plug-in) hybrid vehicles, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

It’s perhaps a bit ridiculous to call electric vehicles “new energy vehicles” considering that they’ve been around since before internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles became common place, but that’s the term that some companies and organizations have been going with — probably mostly so that the term used can encompass hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as well as electric vehicles.

Green Car Congress provides more: “GM and its joint ventures in China are investing heavily in highly efficient powertrains and new energy technologies, and deploying a full range of electrification solutions to accommodate changing market needs.

“In addition, GM has sharpened its focus on connected and intelligent vehicle development in China. By 2020, all Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet products sold in the domestic market will be connected.”

Considering Chevy Bolt sales to date, if GM is genuinely intending to achieve the goals discussed above, then a fair number of new models will need to be released soon and pricing strategies will need to change a lot.

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(Originally appeared at our sister-site, Cleantechnica.)

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