Saturday, December 4, 2021

Cadillac unveils first all-electric SUV

Ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, which opened today, Cadillac has released photos of its upcoming electric crossover SUV, while Toyota begins construction of its new hybrid at a UK plant.

Cadillac, which is owned by American automaker General Motors (GM), has a reputation as one of the world’s leading luxury car manufacturers. Cadillac engineers have been responsible for significant technological advances in automotive engineering, including incorporating electrical systems as early as 1912.

On the eve of the 2019 Detroit Motor Show, GM told investors that it will double its investment in autonomous and electric vehicles (EVs), with Cadillac as its “lead electric vehicle brand”. Cadillac does not currently offer fully electric cars.

As reporters gathered for the motor show, Cadillac presented photographs of its first all-electric crossover SUV, which is based on GM’s new electric vehicle platform: BEV3. The platform – which will be incorporated into a range of GM vehicles in the coming years – will support a range of at least 482km with battery capacity adjusted for different models, accommodates a range of body styles including SUVs, and will offer front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive units.

The name, price range, launch date and other details of the all-electric Cadillac SUV remain unknown.

“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Cadillac president Steve Carlisle, in a statement. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”

In the UK, Japanese automaker Toyota has celebrated beginning the manufacture of its Corolla hybrid car at a plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, following significant investment in the factory. Johan van Zyl, CEO of Toyota Motor Europe commented that the model “increases the appeal of our industry leading self-charging hybrid electric technology.”

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Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to claim that the young EV company is working on a new, flying version of its luxury Roadster: the battery-powered four-seat sports car. Musk insisted that he was not joking, stating that Tesla would make use of the cold gas thruster system developed by SpaceX (also founded by Musk) to take off from the ground.

Time will tell whether the flying Roadster will become a reality, or whether it will be quietly consigned to the dustbin, along with Musk’s cave rescue submarine, Tesla-branded tequila, and website ranking the credibility of journalists.


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