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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... flying GM EV?

GM refreshes logo and lineup for a full EV future

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a ... flying GM EV?

A screenshot from General Motors' presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show. The electric-powered vehicle is dubbed the eVTOL for electric vertical take off and landing. Screenshot courtesy of CNET/YouTube

 

By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ

General Motors revealed plans this week for flying cars, self-driving pods, delivery vans, SUVs and trucks that all have one thing in common —they’re fully electric.

If anyone doubted GM’s commitment to an EV future, the carmaker’s virtual presentation at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show reinforced it with no fossil-fuel-powered vehicles in sight.

Need further evidence? GM refreshed its logo to signify that they have the “solutions, capability, technology and scale to put everyone in an EV,” Deborah Wahl, head of marketing at GM said in a statement. “Our new brand identity and campaign are designed to reflect this.”

The sky-blue logo has a line under the M, which looks like a three-pronged power plug seeking an electrical outlet. The color is meant to reflect emission-free skies.

Overall, GM is working on 30 all-electric vehicles with a goal to have all of them on showroom floors by 2025, Motor Trend reported. So far, they have invested $27 billion toward this effort.

EV News & Notes covered the new Hummer EV pickup truck in the first column way back in October during the World Series, so we already know about that.

Here’s what’s new from GM this week:

Cadillac will go where no carmaker has gone before (unless you count the General Lee or KITT): Into the sky!

The luxury car brand teased a flying car that resembles a drone but is big enough to carry at least one person, MotorTrend reports. The flying car can reach speeds of up to 56 mph thanks to a 90-kilowatt electric motor. The passenger gets a panoramic view with a wide-open canopy.

No additional details or timeline were provided, but it’s definitely an exciting way to beat DFW traffic.

Cadillac also debuted a ride-sharing shuttle concept that’s totally autonomous and electric. The entire interior is lined with a couch for the passengers because there’s no need for a driver seat, steering wheel or pedals.   

On the more practical side, Cadillac also announced a new flagship sedan called the Celestiq, which will have handcrafted detail and top-end materials. There’s also the Cadillac Lyriq, an all-electric SUV that, unlike everything else mentioned above, has a scheduled release date.

For Chevrolet fans, perhaps the most exciting announcement was the promise of a high-performance EV in the next few years. No firm details were released, but speculation is running wild that this could be a C8 Corvette-inspired SUV. This could be similar to what Ford is doing now with the Mustang Mach E.

Motor Trend zoomed in on one of the vehicles in the background of GM’s CES presentation that appears to have headlights inspired by the newest Corvette model. The slope of the hood and front bumper also scream Corvette, while the rest of the car resembles a crossover.

There’s also a chance that Chevrolet could be referring to an all-electric version of the traditional two-seater Corvette. 

On a separate note, GM Authority spotted what they believe to be a camouflaged Corvette E-Ray hybrid in the wild. The vehicle has the same V8 gasoline-powered engine as the regular C8 Corvette but also boasts a tiny electric motor that delivers an extra 100 horsepower to the front wheels.

There are plans for a full-size Chevrolet pickup truck that’s fully electric and at least one traditional SUV.

Chevrolet plans to give the fully electric Bolt a refresh for 2021 and will get a larger brother in 2022 that’s considered an EUV, or Electric Utility Vehicle. Stay tuned for more details on the next iteration of the Bolt when it’s revealed in February.

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