Making full use of the virtual keynotes at this year’s CES, General Motors introduced its future electric and self-driving vehicles.
GM is planning to release 30 new EVs in the next five years, including potential full-size pick-up trucks, compact crossovers and high-performance vehicles, some of which were teased in the shadows of the presentation. What appeared to be a Chevy pick-up and an SUV with Corvette-style lighting were just noticeable for a few frames.
More information was given on the upcoming GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyriq, as well as the announcement of a new Cadillac Celestiq and Chevy Bot EUV.
Chevy Bolt EUV
The Chevy Bolt, Chevrolet’s first EV was launched at CES in 2016 and will get a refresh this year. There will also be a new Bolt EUV, an electric utility vehicle, to be launched in February 2021. Both are set to feature Super Cruise driving, its hands-free driver assistance technology.
First unveiled in October, the Hummer EV is set to be the first all-electric super truck. GM is quick to point out that the irony of an electric version of the gas-guzzling Hummer is not lost on them but offers up some impressive specs: 0-60 in about 3 seconds, 1000hp and 11,500lb/ft torque.
The Hummer EV comes with some unique features, such as the terrain mode one-pedal driving, for precision handling at low speeds while off-roading. There’s also Watts to Freedom, a form of launch control. A double press of the traction control button causes the vehicle to lower and battery temperatures are optimized for full power delivery. The seat and subwoofers shake to build tension while you depress the accelerator and brake.
Bose electric vehicle sound enhancement technology makes its debut in the Hummer EV, for a fully immersive sensory experience. Presumably to fill the silence left by the electric motor.
The Hummer EV is due to go on sale in fall 2021.
The Cadillac Lyriq, an SUV originally announced in August, also gets a few more details. As you approach the vehicle it puts on its own light display and prepares the cabin for its driver. Inside, it features a curved 33in advanced LED display and an augmented reality heads-up display. The Lyriq will also include the Super Cruise self-driving technology.
The Lyriq is expected to go on sale late 2022.
The Cadillac Celestiq is described as the ultimate luxury experience, with a full glass roof, all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. Its glass roof is a four-segment construction of particle suspended smart glass, allowing you to set individual levels of transparency for each passenger. It can also be colored to match the ambiance of the interior. Front passengers have a full-width pillar to pillar display while rear passengers have individual entertainment systems with active privacy and comfort settings. The Cadillac Celestiq is expected to arrive by 2025.
Moving on to future concepts, we caught a glimpse of GM's vision of transportation.
Cadillac Halo is described as a social space for passengers to spend time together. This self-driving vehicle looks like a boxy minivan on the outside with an interior that resembles an upscale bar booth, with stark white couch-like seating on three sides. Biometric sensors read passengers' vital signs to adjust temperature and ambiance. Voice control is also available to adjust interior settings.
The electric vertical take-off and landing drone (eVTOL) is GM’s first step into aerial mobility. In an effort to make personal air travel possible, the Cadillac quadcopter is designed to transport you between meetings from a rooftop landing pad using a 90KW/h motor and both air-to-air and air-to-ground communication. A two-seater version is also planned.