General Motors is preparing to load the factories: the concern intends to increase the pace of production
In particular, the manufacturer intends to significantly increase the production of "green" cars in the coming years.
The American company General Motors owns several brands of cars, including Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac (of which they are represented in the domestic market). Like many other global manufacturers, General Motors has previously announced its intention to focus on the development of electric vehicles. Gradually, abstract statements are covered by more precise plans and figures.
Pictured: GMC Hummer EV
Recall last summer it became known that GM is going to increase investment in the development of its electric vehicles. Management then noted that the new amount announced was 75% higher than the amount announced before the market was hit by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The amount of investments has grown to 35 billion dollars (it is assumed that they will be mastered from 2020 to 2025). It should be noted that these funds will go not only to the development of fully electric models, which will be produced under the brands that are part of General Motors, but also to the development of autonomous vehicles.
Now there is data on production plans. According to Reuters, citing its own sources, General Motors CEO Mary Barra recently told investors that the company intends to increase the production of electric vehicles in the near future. So, in 2022 and 2023, the manufacturer intends to supply dealers in North America with about 400,000 "green" cars.
In the photo: Cadillac Lyriq
According to the report, the concern may still return to full-fledged production of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV – we recall that in August last year, GM had to recall all previously released copies of these models due to the risk of spontaneous combustion due to an accident, a defect in the production of LG Chem batteries. At the same time, the production of "electric trains" was stopped, it never returned to normal rates. Earlier, the American media suggested that as a result, the production of these models may be reduced altogether. General Motors has yet to officially announce the fate of the Bolt EV and Bolt EUV.
The revision of plans for the production of electric vehicles, obviously, was influenced by orders collected for the new models presented earlier: the total number of applications from those wishing to buy the GMC Hummer and Chevrolet Silverado EV electric vehicles presented last month amounted to almost 200,000. Thus, according to the agency, General Motors decided instead of the planned 3,800 units of these models, 21,000 copies will be produced this year.
Pictured: Chevrolet Silverado EV
It is also reported that the number of Cadillac Lyriq rolled off the assembly line will increase: during 2022, it is planned to increase the production of "electrocrossovers" from the planned 3,200 to 25,000 units.
It’s worth noting that Ford, which will soon begin deliveries of its full-size battery-powered F-150 Lightning pickup truck, aims to increase electric vehicle production capacity to 600,000 by 2023. GM also plans to catch up with Tesla in EV sales by 2025. Recall that at the end of 2021, dealers of this brand of “batteries" sold 302,000 vehicles in the United States, which is almost 39% more than a year earlier.