- Cadillac Escalade EV to be built on GM’s new BT1 electric-vehicle platform.
- Could offer up to 400 miles (640 kilometres) of driving range.
- Part of GM’s EV product offensive that includes the Cadillac Lyriq and Celestiq.
A fully redesigned Cadillac Escalade will arrive for the 2021 model year, and is scheduled to hit the market before the end of the year. That is, if the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t cause delays in the Arlington, Texas plant where GM’s full-size SUVs are assembled. However, the automaker will also introduce a Cadillac Escalade EV variant.
Last March, General Motors unveiled its electric-vehicle product offensive it has planned to roll out in the next few years, which revolves around its new Ultium battery technology. During this presentation, the company revealed the Cadillac Lyriq midsize crossover and Cadillac Celestiq high-end sedan, in addition to the Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover, a couple of future Buick crossovers and a midsize Chevrolet crossover. Of course, we already knew about the upcoming GMC Hummer EV pickup, which was unveiled a few days prior, and a Hummer SUV will be produced as well.
However, an all-electric, full-size Cadillac Escalade-sized SUV will also hit the market in couple of years. It will share GM’s new BT1 electric-vehicle platform with the Hummer models, and should be able to carry battery packs of up to 200 kWh. That would give the Escalade EV a driving range of about 400 miles or 640 kilometres.
GM also announced that the Ultium battery packs were designed for 400-volt systems and 200-kW charging speeds, but the bigger EV trucks will get 800-volt packs and a 350-kW charging capability. No word yet on the future Cadillac Escalade EV’s powertrain details, but the company confirmed that its platform can accept one-, two- and three-motor setups, the latter likely being the one that will dish out 1,000 horsepower in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV.
Although the conventional, internal combustion-engine Cadillac Escalade will be assembled alongside the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Chevrolet Suburban and the GMC Yukon in the Arlington plant, the Escalade EV should be built in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant that is undergoing an overhaul to become a dedicated electric-vehicle facility. That’s also where the GMC Hummer EV and the Cruise Origin autonomous, ride-sharing vehicle will be assembled.
The future Cadillac Escalade EV should hit the market sometime in 2022 or 2023.