According to a report on the Detroit News, a Cadillac Escalade EV (Cadillac Escalade Electric Vehicle) will enter production as early as January 2024 at Factory Zero plant in Michigan, which will build the electric Hummer and Silverado utility vehicles.
The Escalade EV is in addition to the electric Cadillac Lyriq which is planned to reach customers towards the end of 2022 as a 2023 model. Essentially, General Motors now has the platform technology to quickly spin off electric variants of popular nameplates (such as the Escalade, Hummer, Silverado and even the Corvette) or introduce new bodystyles all together. At the heart of this flexibility is its Ultium battery technology, which are pouch-style cells which can be stacked vertically or horizontally inside the battery pack.
The third-generation global EV platform developed by GM can house Ultium cells with battery capacities from 50 to 200 kWh giving it excellent bandwidth. The Cadillac Escalade EV is likely to see the highest capacity battery on offer owing to its flagship status. GM claims the largest Ultium battery can do 400+ miles (640 km) on a single charge with the quickest 0-60 mph (0-100 kmh) coming up in 3 seconds, as advertised on the Hummer EV.
In addition, the Escalade EV will benefit from DC fast charging in the guise of the 800V/350 kW capability as this is planned for GM’s truck platform vehicles.
No doubt, a lot of features seen on the Hummer EV could make way to the Escalade EV; we are thinking the large sunroof or ‘Sky Panels’ in GMC’s lingo and the Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance tech which currently works on almost 200,000 compatible miles and continues to expand to offer automatic lane changing on more of interstate highways.
Interestingly, and more so logically, the Escalade EV will co-exist with the combustion variant which features a 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp on tap. GM expects a chunk of its audience to prefer the convenience and dependability of the established V8, and would not want to displease this buyer who shells out 100,000+ USD by not offering the gas-powered variant as an option.
General Motors has settled into habit of teasing and revealing vehicles years ahead of their sales launch, more so when you consider their electric vehicle range. If they keep the policy of being forthcoming about their product pipeline, our first glimpse of the Cadillac Escalade EV should come next year.
Cadillac Escalade EV FAQs
What is the release date of the Cadillac Escalade EV?
The Escalade EV is reported to enter production in January 2024, and customer deliveries could begin in the first quarter.
What are the rivals to the Cadillac Escalade EV?
What is the price of the Cadillac Escalade EV?
The Escalade EV is expected to cost upwards of USD 120,000.