The Buick brand will introduce its first full-electric crossover, the Velite 7, in China sometime this year, easing pressure from Chinese rules that require automakers to expand output of electrified vehicles.
The vehicle is based on GM’s global electric vehicle platform and is powered by a new modular lithium ion battery supplied by LG Chem, General Motors China said this week.
The battery generates high-energy density through improved cell chemistry and an optimized design. The vehicle’s battery pack also features an advanced structural design and a liquid-cooling battery thermal-management system.
As a result, the Velite 7 can drive for up to 500 kilometers under New European Driving Cycle conditions on one charge, according to GM China.
The Velite 7 will be the third electrified model to be rolled out under the Buick brand in China, following the Velite 5 extended-range electric sedan and the Velite 6 full-electric sedan.
The crossover will become the fourth electrified product to be built at GM’s passenger-vehicle joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp., which also produces the plug-in hybrid variant of the Cadillac CT6 sedan.
GM China didn’t provide more details about the Buick Velite 7’s sales launch in China.
SAIC-GM assembles and markets cars and light trucks for the Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands.
GM, as part of plans to expand its electrified vehicle lineup in China, plans to procure battery cells from China’s largest EV battery maker, CATL, Julian Blissett, GM’s China president, said this month.