This week one of the world’s largest car makers announced its plans to transform its fleet of vehicles to electric vehicles with at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that it will introduce by 2023. The company outlined the plans for the new vehicles as part of its efforts to move to vehicles with zero emissions, congestion and crashes.
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GM had previously entered into the hybrid and EV markets with the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt, respectively. But with this announcement the company will make its commitment to electrifying its fleet much stronger. In fact, it plans to announce two new EVs based on the Bolt in the next 18 months.
Last month GM CEO Mary Barra, announced the company’s new strategies to reduce CO2 emissions, reduce the use of gas, and save customers money. The new strategies also build on GM’s efforts to increase its use of renewable energy. Last year it announced that it will source all of the electricity it uses from renewables by 2050.
But another way it will reduce it’s global impact on climate change is by moving to more EVs, she said. “Our modern-day leadership in electrification is not new. Our engineers have continually built upon our experience.”
Now it’s expanding on those plans. “General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs.”
GM isn’t the only major vehicle manufacturer that is making big plans to move to electric vehicles. Earlier this year Volvo announced that after 2019 all of its vehicles would have electric motors and that it will introduce five full EVs between 2019 and 2021. The rest of its vehicles will be plug-in hybrids and mild hybrids and the company plans to electrify its whole fleet over time.
As part of GM’s strategy it will rely on battery and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, the company said. With regards to hydrogen vehicles GM introduced SURUS (Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure). While the company hasn’t shown the concept, it said it is a fuel-cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle that’s built on a heavy-duty truck frame and driven by two electric motors. GM said the platform could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance.Tweet