Buick brand showed a teaser of an electric concept car and announced that it will present a novelty next summer. The manufacturer preferred not to provide details about the car: even the name is not known, although General Motors’ recent applications for trademark registration in the United States give some hints. Among them are Electra and Velite.
Interestingly, both Electra and Velite are already used by Buick. In 2020, under the name Electra, an electric crossover with butterfly wings and space design debuted. The concept was developed within the walls of the Pan-Asian Technical Automotive Center of General Motors, located in Shanghai, and its name is a reference to the model of the same name, produced between 1959 and 1990.
Velite – family of models for China. It includes the Velite 6 hatchback with a hybrid and all-electric power plant, as well as the Velite 7 electric crossover. The latter is equipped with a 130-kilowatt electric motor (177 hp) and accelerates from standstill to city 50 kilometers per hour in 3.5 seconds. For every 100 kilometers Velite 7 consumes 13.1 kilowatt-hours of electricity, the total range is 500 kilometers on the NEDC cycle.
Perhaps Buick is going to show another iteration of the Electra concept. The only teaser of the prototype shows only LED running lights with a vertical section, and the same form of DRL was used by the 2020 show car.
Overall, the car doesn’t look overly complicated, so it could indeed be a pre-production Ultium-powered electric Buick.