General Motors on Friday provided a look at its future plans for electric and autonomous vehicles. GM promised in November 2018 that it , and now we have more clarity on what exactly that means.
For electrification, GM says that Cadillac will become the company's "lead electric vehicle brand." Cadillac will introduce a new model on GM's new EV platform. The flexible EV architecture will be able to be configured for front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations, while its battery capacity will be "adjustable" for different applications.
There are no details on which type of vehicle Cadillac will first build on the new electric chassis. But the platform is said to pave the way for "an advanced family of profitable EVs" across GM brands. According to Reuters, the platform will be called "BEV3."
Cadillac doesn't offer an electric car currently, though it previously offered theand a . that, by 2023, it would sell at least 20 electric vehicles globally.
GM also provided an update on its efforts to bring autonomous cars to market. The company's Cruise division will launch "self-driving vehicles in a dense urban environment this year." Though no more details were offered, Cruise has intended to launch a fleet of self-driving shuttles that are based on the . Actually launching the vehicles for commercial use this year would be a huge leap forward for the company.
Given that Cruise recentlyfor autonomous deliveries in San Francisco, it's quite likely the "dense urban environment" is San Francisco.
GM also noted in its investor update that it expects improved 2019 profits. The automaker also said it expects US car sales this year to remain strong, likely "in the low 17-million range."