Shanghai, China – General Motors has signed an agreement to co-development a new electric vehicle architecture with its Chinese partner SAIC Motor Corporation.

The architecture will be developed at the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, GM and SAIC’s joint venture in Shanghai. Teams from the parent companies will also cooperate on the development of key components and vehicle structures.

GM said that the agreement will leverage its expertise in electrical vehicle development and global know-how with SAIC’s market knowledge and local expertise, ensuring local input in the development of electric vehicle technology and the delivery of products developed in China.

It will be the first electric vehicle architecture to be co-developed by the two companies, which introduced the Sail electric concept vehicle late last year. Under the agreement, vehicles resulting from the partnership will be sold in China under Shanghai GM and SAIC brands. The two companies will also use the architecture to build electric vehicles globally for their own purposes.

SAIC and GM are partners in ten joint ventures in China, including vehicle and powertrain manufacturing, sales and aftersales, automotive engineering and design, finance and telematics, and the sale of used vehicles.

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