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General Motors is taking the electric vehicle world by storm. GM EVs, like the highly anticipated Hummer EV, are on the cusp of being released, breathing new life into the 113-year old automaker’s lineup of brands. The General Motors brand family includes Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. GM also owns several affiliated companies, like OnStar, its connectivity platform.

Chevrolet is home to some of the most iconic nameplates, like the Camaro and the Corvette. The company is also known for its rugged and capable line of SUVs and pickup trucks, including the Tahoe and the Silverado line of pickups. The Buick lineup of ‘near-luxury' SUVs offer standard upscale features, like leather seating and LED exterior lighting, normally only seen in higher-priced luxury vehicles.

The GMC lineup of trucks, SUVs, and commercial vehicles focuses on delivering more refinement in categories previously known for rugged, capable brawn. The new Hummer EV adds a new dimension to GMC: an electric supertruck that is generating tons of interest. Cadillac Motor Car Division is a consistent contender in the luxury SUV category. The company has benefitted from the massively successful Escalade and hopes to have a repeat performance with the highly anticipated all-electric Lyriq SUV.

People are walking in front of a red 2020 Chevy Bolt EV that is shown from the front.

The Rise of Electric Vehicle Power

Electric Vehicle (EV) technology has come a long way since General Motors introduced the EV1 in 1996. As the first mass-produced electric vehicle, the EV1 represented a turning point in the automaker’s core vehicle attributes. Previously known for big block V8s and Duramax diesel engines, GM put the focus on alternative energy-powered cars. The EV1 didn’t make it far on one charge, and the charging infrastructure necessary to make it a viable option for consumers wouldn’t come into existence until more than a decade later. Still, even then, it was a glimpse into what would soon be.

Fast forward to today, and GM is very vocal about its intention to build 30 new electric vehicles by 2025. The company understands that EV technology is essential to eliminate environmentally-damaging emissions and to integrate lifesaving driver-assist and self-driving technologies, keeping occupants safer and our air cleaner. As a global automotive manufacturing behemoth, General Motors is in a position to innovate and set the groundwork for industry-wide change. With vehicles like the Bolt EV, GM is already winning over buyers, and the company is betting big that the EV market will continue growing every year.

At the core of General Motors’ strategy is its Ultium battery technology. Considered an engineering milestone, these flat, stackable batteries condense power and keep vehicle weights reasonable while offering consumers impressive performance and capabilities. The Ultium battery technology allows GM to build cars that behave like they’re gas-powered but are easy on the environment. No longer will customers have to worry about range because GM’s EVs, like the Bolt EV and the upcoming Hummer EV, offer up to 300 miles of range on a single charge, and with performance specs like 0-60 in under four seconds, buyers can still expect a thrilling ride.

If you’re not quite ready to make the switch to electric, consider a hybrid or hybrid plug-in. Hybrid cars run on gasoline and contain a battery charged by a process called regenerative braking. Essentially, the energy produced by applying the brakes is transferred to the battery, which recharges while the car is in operation. Gas and electric power work together, sometimes independently and sometimes simultaneously, to power the vehicle more efficiently.

Plug-in hybrids usually have larger batteries that are charged by plugging the vehicle into an external power source. The vehicle runs on electric power until the battery is depleted, at which time it transfers to gasoline power. Plug-in hybrid vehicles are more like EVs than traditional hybrids. If the battery stays charged, gas power is never needed. Buyers that are still hesitant to rely 100% on electricity will appreciate the back-up gas engine on a plug-in hybrid.

Whether you choose a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or EV, it’s important to consider your environment. For example, apartment-dwellers may have trouble accessing overnight charging stations, so a hybrid vehicle may make the most sense. If you like taking long-distance road trips, an EV might be anxiety-inducing if fast-charging stations aren’t easily accessible along the route.

A closeup shows the charging port on a green 2020 Chevy Bolt EV.

Electric Benefits

Why should consumers look to all-electric vehicles? Quite frankly, they’re running out of reasons not to. Previously valid objections, like a lacking national charging station infrastructure, insufficient vehicle driving range, and lackluster performance, are all in the past. While the up-front price may be a little higher than a gas-powered alternative, the cost-of-ownership is significantly lower. No more oil changes and no more expensive trips to the gas station. Your EV plugs in at night and is ready to go every morning.

Buying an electric vehicle benefits the environment. These zero-emission vehicles tread lightly on the earth, and the amount of electricity necessary to keep them charged is minimal. That means a smaller carbon footprint for buyers and the personal satisfaction of knowing their decision gets them not only a technologically-advanced vehicle but also a sense of contributing to a greener planet. It’s also nice to drive a vehicle that isn’t loud. Electric vehicles accelerate quietly, and there’s no gas-powered engine rev upon starting the car.

It’s still relatively early in the EV revolution, but with exciting new models on the cusp of release, including the futuristic Cadillac Lyriq and the brawny Hummer EV, electric vehicles are about to enter the spotlight - and the mainstream. General Motors alone has committed to manufacturing 30 new electric cars by 2025, and other automakers are devoting significant resources to growing their range of offerings too. These cars and trucks are designed to compete effectively against gas-powered alternatives in areas like capability and performance and convert previously skeptical buyers into passionate EV aficionados.

Looking specifically at performance, today’s EVs offer the same or better numbers than their gas-powered predecessors. The all-new Hummer EV is expected to deliver 1,000 horsepower via three electric motors and enough torque to tackle even the most rugged off-road terrain. On the luxury end of the spectrum, the Cadillac Lyriq is rumored to go from 0-60 in less than four seconds. Its near-perfect 50/50 front-to-back weight distribution allows for a smooth, responsive ride. It’s a far cry from the puny, underpowered hatchbacks that used to dominate the EV scene.

2021 Chevy Bolt EV

A man is about to plug in a silver 2020 Chevy Bolt EV for charging.

The 2021 Chevy Bolt EV will take you nearly 260 miles without a single drop of gas. All you need is one full charge, and you’re ready for that road trip or day-long shopping excursion. The Bolt EV is General Motors’ small but mighty all-electric subcompact crossover that delivers all the cost savings of EV ownership in a cute, peppy package that looks as good as it drives.

With available DC fast charging that is standard on the Premier trim, the Bolt EV takes about 30 minutes to charge for a range of 100 miles. With a 240-volt outlet, the Bolt EV will fully charge in about 10 hours. The much slower 120-volt standard outlet charges at a rate of four miles of range per hour of charge. It’s definitely worth equipping your Bolt EV with the DC fast charging option or opting for the Bolt EV Premier.

Chevy offers hardware and access to qualified installers so you can have a charging station right in your garage. The 66-kWh lithium-ion battery delivers 127 MPGe city and 108 MPGe highway (the 'e' stands for MPG equivalent). The battery is covered by an extended 8-year/100,000-mile warranty, and maintenance is minimal, which means you’re skipping the gas station and the service station.

All that pep is felt when you press the accelerator because electric technology works a lot like an on/off switch: you push the pedal, and you’re off. Traditional gas engines need time to warm up and get the pistons moving, but with an electric vehicle, acceleration is instantaneous. The Bolt EV gets from 0-60 in about six seconds and jumps off the line nimbly.

For 2021, the Bolt EV is available in two trims: the LT and the Premier. The LT comes standard with automatic climate control, a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, keyless entry, and a rearview camera. Move up to the Premier, and you’ll add heated seats and steering wheel, DC fast charging, a 360-degree exterior camera system, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

Additional driver-assist safety systems are available as options on both the Bolt EV LT and the Bolt EV Premier. These systems include forward collision warning with automatic braking at low speeds, which monitors the area in front of the vehicle and alerts the driver if a collision is possible. The system can also apply the brakes automatically if it senses the vehicle isn’t slowing down fast enough to avoid impact. Lane departure warning helps keep the vehicle in its intended lane by alerting the driver when it drifts and applying gentle steering corrections to nudge it back into its lane.

On the outside, the Bolt looks like a cross between a hatchback and a crossover. It’s relatively small, so it’s the perfect choice for city dwellers or drivers looking for something smaller. Even with its compact size, the Bolt EV offers comfortable seating for five and up to 56.6 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear 60/40 seats are folded flat. With the seats up, cargo capacity dips to 16.9 cubic feet, still impressive for its size. Because the roofline is higher - like an SUV - there’s plenty of headroom for front and rear passengers, making it comfortable for everyone.

The 2021 Chevy Bolt EV LT starts at an MSRP of $36,500, and the Bolt EV Premier will run you $41,700. Whatever Bolt EV trim you choose, you’ll love the negligible cost-of-ownership and the feeling of driving a zero-emission car. It's time to consider going electric with your next vehicle purchase, and the Bolt is the perfect way to do it.

2022 Chevy Bolt EUV

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is largely under wraps by General Motors. The highly-anticipated crossover Bolt EV sibling is rumored to offer approximately five inches of overall length, three inches of additional wheelbase, and an overall size and interior layout revamp that provides more roominess and an SUV feel. It’s a bigger, longer version of the current Bolt EV and utilizes the same battery - a 66 kWh lithium-ion battery that’s part of GM’s Ultium scalable battery technology.

The Bolt EUV has something in common with Cadillac’s lineup of ultra-luxurious SUVs: GM is making Super Cruise available as an option. Super Cruise is a hands-free version of cruise control that works on compatible highways by sensing lane lines and monitoring traffic patterns to keep the vehicle at a safe distance and within its intended lane of travel automatically. It’s a self-driving version of cruise control that allows drivers to operate the vehicle completely hands-free. This technology is not available on the current Bolt EV.

The Bolt EUV is also expanding its driver information display by showing a diagram of the vehicle on the large infotainment touchscreen and displaying performance and range data in an easy-to-read graphic format. It also keeps track of regenerative braking charge activity. Regenerative braking works by transferring the energy generated during the braking process to the battery, which in turn charges it while the vehicle is in motion.

We don’t expect all-wheel drive to be an available option on the Bolt EUV. Still, it does get a facelift, including a sleeker front end and more substantial side body panels, which differentiate it from the existing Bolt EV. From the concept photos and teaser profile images released by GM, we can definitely report that the Bolt EUV looks more like an SUV. Buyers in the category will appreciate its SUV-like lines and larger interior cabin. They’ll also like the futuristic wraparound headlamps and roofline that ends with a prominent rear spoiler.

While we’re not entirely sure when GM plans to release the new Chevy Bolt EUV, we know it will be right around summer 2021. We expect the company to continue slowly releasing information to keep the automotive media intrigued and give them more reasons to report on this new addition to the GM family of all-electric vehicles. In the meantime, we can piece together enough information to report that this latest EV will not disappoint.

GM is looking to substantially increase its fleet of EVs over the next five years. They’re counting on the Ultium battery technology to give them flexibility in range and performance, so the same battery technology can be used on the subcompact Bolt EV and the 1,000 horsepower GMC Hummer EV. This scalable battery technology costs less, weighs less, and delivers the range and power necessary to convert buyers from traditional gas-powered cars and trucks. It’s no small task, but GM is betting big on EV technology, working hard to realize a vision of only building electric vehicles.

The 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV is next in line to surprise and delight consumers. Those looking for a small SUV should consider looking into an all-electric alternative. The infrastructure of charging stations is available, and the DC fast charging option makes it quick and easy to charge up while on the go. You’ll never miss the hassle of pumping gas and getting regular oil changes. With an EV, your life gets easier and less expensive. You’re doing your part to reduce emissions and combat climate change, too. It’s an opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and increase your driving enjoyment - an environmental and personal win-win.

Cadillac Lyriq

A gold Cadillac LYRIQ concept is parked in front of a gold building.

Words like ethereal, futuristic, and otherworldly aren’t commonly used to describe cars, but when it comes to the Cadillac Lyriq, there aren’t enough shiny adjectives to fully explain its appeal. GM EVs are getting a lot of airtime among discerning automotive journalists, and none has them more intrigued than the soon-to-be-released Cadillac Lyriq. While it’s not yet available at Cadillac dealerships, Cadillac has released a steady stream of teasers that paint a pretty clear picture of what to expect, and it’s nothing short of spectacular.

Dubbed “poetry in electrified motion” by Cadillac, the Lyric is an all-electric sports-oriented SUV, designed to look like it should be released in 2050, not 2022. It’s a shining example of General Motors’ all-in commitment to electric vehicle technology, infusing the high-end luxury nameplate with a vehicle that delivers on technology, exquisite styling, and performance. We know GM is seeking an all-electric fleet of new vehicles in the future, and it’s clearly launching this EV as a bold statement of that intention. That the EV will debut as a Cadillac shows us that GM is doubling down on both EV technology and luxury.

EV Power

The Cadillac Lyriq is a true electric vehicle (EV), pulling all of its impressive power from an advanced battery technology, which Cadillac calls Ultium. Available with one motor in rear-wheel drive or two motors - one in the front and one in the rear - in performance all-wheel drive, Cadillac infuses the Lyriq with plenty of power to deliver rapid acceleration and goose-bump-inducing speed.

The Lyriq is estimated to provide a range of 300 miles on a full charge, and an at-home charging option, as well as a fast-charging capability for convenient charging on the road. The impressive range is due to the Lyriq’s estimated 100 kW battery charging capacity. The battery comes out of General Motors’ Ultium scaleable battery, which the company hopes to utilize across all of its brands as they move closer to the goal of creating an all-EV lineup. Fast-charging will be standard on the Lyriq, as well as compatibility with home charging via standard outlets.

Special Features

The Lyriq is designed with a special rigid chassis that GM claims distributes the vehicle’s weight close to 50/50 in the front and rear, which, combined with its low center of gravity, contributes to an exceptionally smooth ride that’s incredibly responsive and performance-oriented. Performance specifications have yet to be released, but early indications are a 0-60 time of close to four seconds, and Cadillac claims that torque is instantly available for fast off-the-line acceleration.

The Lyriq will also include General Motors’ futuristic Super Cruise system. This true hands-free cruise control alternative works by sensing lanes and vehicles traveling in front of, behind, and alongside on compatible highways, allowing drivers to take their hands off the wheel while at highway speeds. The Lyriq will, quite literally, drive itself until it senses a change, at which time it will notify the driver and automatically disengage. GM recently added over 70,000 miles of divided highways to the already 130,000 miles of highway that work with Super Cruise.

Gorgeous Styling

The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is one of those vehicles that elicits sensory overload both inside and out. That’s thanks to its unique, aggressive lines and over-the-top technologically-enhanced luxury. On the outside, Cadillac enhances the Lyriq’s sleek exterior styling with a gently sloping full-glass two-tone roof and 23-inch wheels that hint at a vehicle that’s built for speed and performance. Impressive exterior lighting seamlessly follows the Lyriq’s curvature, and a chevron-patterned grille adorns the front end.

Inside, Cadillac puts the focus on creating a cockpit-style driver command center. An augmented reality head-up display makes driving dimensional at-a-glance by displaying two layers of real-time data. The closest layer shows speed and direction, while the more distant layer displays navigation prompts and other driver alerts. The custom-designed AKG 19-speaker audio system places speakers strategically throughout the Lyriq’s cabin to deliver concert-grade sound.

As with all Cadillac vehicles, you can expect the highest quality finishes on the Lyriq. From the buttery-soft Juniper-toned leather seating to the sharp, minimalistic aluminum dash accents, Cadillac combines all the best of a modern, technologically-advanced cabin with signature refined luxury. Drivers will love the curved LED head-up display and reachable toggles and controls.

The Lyriq won’t reach Cadillac dealerships until late in 2022 (as a 2023 model), but the interest list keeps growing because this upper-end SUV segment is primed for an American EV luxury entrant. Cadillac intends to steal market share from its European competitors, and with a price tag that’s expected to be just under $60,000, they’re poised to do just that.

GMC Hummer EV truck

A newer GM EV in the lineup, a white 2022 GMC Hummer EV, is parked in a field in front of a mountain.

Remember the giant Hummer from a decade or so ago? We do, and we never recovered when GM decided to discontinue it. There was something about its angry, aggressive street presence that made us feel invincible. Unfortunately, the Hummer was also inappropriately large and devoid of creature comforts. It also devoured gas in the most environmentally-unfriendly way. We were sorry to see the Hummer go, but we knew it wasn’t practical.

Just when we had finally made our peace and moved on, GM threw us a curveball: the Hummer is coming back. At first, we mentally redesigned our garages to fit the behemoth and paid down the gas card in preparation for lots of use, but then we read more details and learned that this Hummer is almost nothing like its predecessor. For starters, it’s all-electric.

Falling under the GMC lineup of the General Motors’ family of vehicle brands, the Hummer EV is a zero-emissions, all-electric truck that challenges everything we thought we knew about the Hummer nameplate. While all-electric power may infer a lack of capability, don’t let its dainty carbon footprint fool you. This is a Hummer in every sense of the word.

Capabilities

How does 1,000 horsepower and up to 11,500 lb-ft of torque sound? Find us a comparable gas-powered alternative…we bet you can’t. Dubbed a ‘super truck’ by GMC, the Hummer EV will take you from zero-to-sixty in roughly three seconds and dominate any off-road terrain as well or better than the biggest big-block-containing truck on the market today.

Take the CrabWalk technology. Unique to the Hummer, and the category, for that matter, the CrabWalk setting turns on the Hummer EV’s four-wheel steering and takes advantage of rear wheels that can turn up to 10 degrees in either direction. The Hummer can literally drive diagonally. You may be asking why diagonal driving ability is ever necessary, but avid off-roaders know it will give them maximum maneuverability, especially when navigating tight turns.

Special Features

Exterior design is evocative of the original Hummer but departs in all the best ways. The front end features a branded grille bar that lights up and incorporates the headlights, while in the back, a six-function MultiPro Tailgate folds down to reveal a convenient step and makes loading and unloading cargo simpler. The Hummer features an Infinity Roof and Sky Panels, which essentially convert it into a Jeep-esque open-top version of itself. The tinted Sky Panels let in the light when in place without overheating the cabin.

On the inside, it’s all luxury. You’ll forget you’re in a rugged, giant off-roading beast once you slide into the leather seats and immerse yourself in next-generation tech. There’s a 13.4-inch customizable infotainment touchscreen that’s front-and-center on the dash, along with a 12.3-inch Driver Information Center that displays speed, range, and other important driving data. The Bose 14-speaker sound system contains Electric Vehicle Sound Enhancement (EVSE), which is an advanced noise cancellation system designed to maximize cabin acoustics and minimize exterior noise.

The Hummer’s available “Watts To Freedom” driving setting puts this beast into epic beast mode. It’s in this setting that drivers will reach 60 MPH in just three seconds and have 1,000 horsepower at their disposal, which is possible because of the impressive three-motor powertrain. Watts To Freedom mode also lowers the Hummer’s suspension by two inches to make it more aerodynamic and achieve those impressive performance numbers.

GMC will launch the Hummer EV Edition 1 first - likely in the fall of 2021 - for a starting MSRP of $112,595. Reservations are already full for this special edition trim, so interested buyers will have to wait for the Hummer EV3X, expected in fall 2022. The EV3X is set to start at $99,995. Next up, in the spring of 2023, is the Hummer EV2X, dropping to $89,995, and finally, the Hummer EV2 is considered the base model and will start at $79,995 and come available in spring 2024.

With the Hummer, GMC hopes to steal lots of pickup truck market share as well as dip into the higher end SUV category. The Hummer’s hefty price tag might be a barrier for some, but its all-electric powertrain shouldn’t scare off even diehard capability snobs. These days, a traditional gas- or diesel-powered engine isn’t necessary to achieve impressive performance numbers. GMC is betting big that the Hummer will get EV-averse buyers to take a second look.

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