Buick announced that GM’s proven extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) technology, a new-generation of 1.0T/1.3T Ecotec engines and a nine-speed transmission will all be adopted in new or refreshed models launched in China this year.
In the coming two years, Buick will also introduce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles in China – the brand’s largest market.
EREV combines GM’s patented EVT electronic controlled intelligent variable transmission, double high-performance, permanent-magnet electric motors drive unit, a hybrid-exclusive direct injection engine, as well as an industry-leading liquid-cooled and high-performance ternary lithium battery pack.
The pure electric driving mode is prioritized to meet daily user demand for zero emissions and fuel consumption, with the electric driving range surpassing an estimated 100 km. In EREV mode, which leverages an on-board engine, the range increases to an estimated 700 km. This eliminates so-called “range anxiety” and opens a new chapter for inner-city mobility.
From 2014 to 2016, the average fuel consumption of new Buick vehicles sold in China decreased by 20 percent. Last year, Buick launched the all-new LaCrosse Hybrid and hosted the world premiere of the Velite Concept, which serves as a template for future new energy vehicles under the brand’s Buick Blue strategy in China.
This year, Start/Stop intelligent engine technology will become standard equipment for the Buick lineup. By 2018, more than 80 percent of Buick engines will adopt turbocharging technology in China.