CES 2022: Major OEMs accelerate electric vehicle push

GM and BMW unveil future models, Mercedes and Stellantis explore advanced technologies with concepts



Entrance to CES 2022 convention hall
Entrance to CES 2022 convention hall

  CES 2022 was held as both a virtual event through January and an in-person event from January 5 through January 7, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and spread of the Omicron variant. As such, the number of attendees and exhibitors declined significantly compared to the previous event held in 2020. A number of major companies including General Motors and Mercedes-Benz cancelled their in-person attendance immediately prior to the start of the exhibition and instead hosted virtual exhibits.

  Established OEMs continued to emphasize the importance of electric vehicles at CES 2022. GM delivered a virtual keynote address, highlighting its zero emission strategy by unveiling the Chevrolet Silverado EV and announcing the Chevrolet Equinox EV and Chevrolet Blazer EV. Stellantis debuted the Chrysler Airflow Concept, showcasing a variety of future technologies, and announced that its Chrysler brand would become fully electric by 2028. Mercedes-Benz revealed the Vision EQXX concept vehicle to demonstrate various technologies to improve efficiency. In contrast, BMW highlighted the performance capabilities of a battery electric vehicle by debuting the iX M60.

  This report is the second report focusing on the automotive content shown at CES 2022. This report will focus on the announcements and models showcased by major OEMs, specifically GM, Stellantis, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. A report focused on emerging OEMs exhibiting at CES 2022 including VinFast, Sony, Fisker and Togg was previously published.

Related reports:
CES 2022: Electric vehicles from emerging automakers (Jan. 2022)
U.S. battery electric vehicle strategies for GM, Ford and Stellantis (Dec. 2021)
IAA Mobility 2021: VW and Ford reveal concepts and electric cars focusing on performance (Oct. 2021)
IAA Mobility 2021: Strengthening of Mercedes EQ series, moving from EV-first to EV-only plan (Sep. 2021)
GM: Introducing 30 BEV models by 2025, next-gen Ultium battery will cost 60% less (Mar. 2021)
CES 2021: EV and electrification technologies (Feb. 2021)

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