This October, Detroit-based General Motors (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, announced the company was embracing an all-electric vehicle fleet.
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of product development, purchasing and supply chain for GM, in a statement. “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.”
Within the next 18 months, GM plans to introduce two new all-electric vehicles based on its experiences with the Chevy Bolt EV. It plans to introduce 20 new EVs by 2023. Eventually, EVs and other alternative-fuel vehicles would replace all gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in its lineup.
“Even as we continue to deliver the best fuel economy in the vehicles our customers love to drive today, we’ll move relentlessly and irreversibly to a zero-emissions future,” wrote Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in a LinkedIn post. “No more gas. No more diesel. No more carbon emissions.”
Barra pointed to GM’s 150 manufacturing facilities with a production capacity of 9 million vehicles per year for giving it an edge to test and make EVs and autonomous vehicles on a large scale.