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SAIC-GM announces Ultium Center operational, first model to be launched next year
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GM's first all-electric Cadillac LYRIQ model will be available in the first half of 2022, and the plant is currently producing battery packs.

A month after officially introducing the Ultium electric vehicle platform to the Chinese market, SAIC-GM, a joint venture between GM and SAIC Group, announced the operation of the Ultium Center, a plant equipped with the platform.

SAIC-GM said Friday that the Ultium Center was completed and put into production on October 15, and will fully accelerate the platform's adoption in the Chinese market.

The Cadillac LYRIQ, GM's first smart all-electric model, will open for pre-sale in China during the year and go on sale in the first half of 2022.

The plant, which was upgraded from SAIC-GM's previous Power Battery Systems Development Center, is currently producing battery packs that can be used in models including plug-in hybrids as well as pure electric.

The company said the plant uses the same assembly processes, technical standards and quality control management as GM's North American plant.

 
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