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Exclusive: GM’s Cadillac will introduce EV in fight against Tesla – sources

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cadillac is relied upon to end up General Motors Co’s (GM.N) lead electric vehicle mark as the biggest U.S. automaker outfits to present another model under that luxury marquee to challenge Tesla Inc (TSLA.O), two individuals advised on the issue said Thursday.

GM is set to declare Friday as part of an investor update that a Cadillac will be the primary vehicle dependent on its inevitable “BEV3” stage, the general population said. The vehicle stage is the reason for vehicle underpinnings, including the battery framework and other basic and mechanical parts.

GM isn’t relied upon to uncover on Friday extra subtleties, including unequivocally when the Cadillac EV will be fabricated, regardless of whether it will be a hybrid or vehicle, or where it will be collected, the sources said.

A GM representative declined to comment.

GM had recently centered around making electric vehicles under its mass market Chevrolet mark, incorporating its module Chevrolet Volt and battery electric Bolt. GM reported a year ago it was finishing creation of the module Volt just as a low-moving module Cadillac CT6, even as it moved to support EV spending.

GM said in November as a major aspect of its rebuilding endeavors it was multiplying assets for electric and self-sufficient vehicle programs throughout the following two years.

Last month, two Ohio senators asked GM to commit to building all future electric vehicles for U.S. buyers within the country.

GM said in 2017 it planned by 2021 to introduce a new dedicated flexible electric vehicle architecture and an advanced battery system to support the development of at least 20 new models in the United States and China.

GM said in 2017 that a new electric vehicle platform in 2021 will serve as a base for at least nine derivatives, ranging from a compact crossover to a large seven-passenger luxury sports utility vehicle and a large commercial van.

Johan de Nysschen, who was then Cadillac’s president, told Reuters at the Detroit auto show in January 2018 the luxury brand will play a “central role” in GM’s electrification strategy, including China. He added that Cadillac would be “at the forefront” of rolling out new electric vehicles in the United States and China. He left GM in April.

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This week, GM said Cadillac sales in China rose 17.2 percent in 2018, surpassing 200,000 units for the first time. GM Chief Executive Mary Barra has said that GM aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles a year by 2026, many of them in China, which has set strict production quotas on such vehicles.

Barra said in 2017 the company plans to introduce at least 10 new electric or hybrid vehicles to the Chinese market by 2020. GM opened a battery plant with Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corp Ltd (600104.SS) last year.

In October, GM urged the Trump administration to back a nationwide program to boost sales of zero emission vehicles like electric cars, even as the government has proposed ending California’s ability to require more clean vehicles.

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