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General Motors Has To Find Space To Build 20 New Electric Vehicles

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A new report from Automotive News has shed much-needed light on GM’s electric vehicle strategy in the near-term to medium-term future. As the Detroit automaker commits to 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 – up from just one Chevrolet Bolt EV on sale today – analysts are beginning to piece together where these vehicles will be built, what vehicles they will replace, and how much money it’s all going to cost. So far, General Motors has divulged plenty about its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant ambitions when it comes to electric vehicles. From there, analysts are determining that the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant where the Chevrolet Blazer, Equinox and GMC Terrain are built will be retooled for electric vehicle production by 2023, while the Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac sedan plant in Lansing Grand River will go through the same changeover by 2024.

Ultimately, this decision does not determine that GM is about to build a Chevrolet Camaro EV. As seen with the recent allocation of the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, new product allocations can be wildly different than the products they replace. For example, D-Ham retired the Cadillac CT6, and is instead being tasked to build the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle that appears ready for use at Disney World, but not the real world. The Hummer EV by GMC, as well as the rest of the GM BT1 portfolio, are also expected to be built at D-Ham, in place of other discontinued nameplates like the Chevrolet Volt and Buick LaCrosse.

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The eCOPO – an early market barometer for an electric muscle car.

This future EV could very well replace the Chevrolet Camaro on the line. Again, the timeline for the sixth-generation Camaro runs out by 2023, and the original plans of a seventh-generation Camaro have been cast aside as General Motors fully charges up from an EV product onslaught. That said, the highly questionable decision making across all brands at General Motors – particularly when it comes to naming vehicles – means we shouldn’t put it past them to force a standalone Chevrolet Camaro EV down the throats of a market that simply has not demanded it.

At the same time, the new Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans could disappear just as quickly as they came, as Cadillac is being positioned to be an all-EV brand. Confirmed vehicles include the Lyriq electric crossover, the Celestiq hand-built electric luxury sedan, and an electric Escalade. Recently trademarked names hinting at future EV products include the Optiq and Symboliq. We have every reason to expect they’re going to be BEV utility vehicles of some kind, considering the market shift from sedans.

Be sure to keep reading MC&T as this story develops.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.


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