Though, GM didn’t put a specific timeline on when it would achieve their goal. What we do know is that GM is committing to rolling out two new all-electric vehicles within the next 18 months. Read on…
What he does see, is GM committing to rolling out two new all-electric vehicles within the next 18 months. The goal is to have 20 new all-electric vehicles in the market by 2023.
Last week, GM debuted its new SURUS fuel-cell concept platform, a four-wheel steering concept truck-based vehicle with two electric motors.
The SURUS has a flexible design which could work with a range of different vehicles in commercial capacities, including delivery vehicles, trucks or ambulances. The new SURUS is a build on previous declarations made by GM CEO Mary Barra, who announced that the company is ultimately committed to world with zero emissions.
The Chevrolet Bolt has helped immensely with progress towards the zero emissions part, Reuss said. The cool thing about the BOLT is that GM has sold “thousands” of the Bolt in its first year, and that Chevrolet customers “love them.” NOTE: The Bolt is a “window into how GM will move humanity forward in the future, with all-electric propulsion.”
“GM believes the future is all-electric,” and that “these aren’t just words in a war of press releases.”
There has been a spate of recent announcements by automakers committing to offering either hybrid or electric versions of their entire lineup.
Reuss sheds some more light on the change towards the future:
“An electric solution cannot be one size fits all. We believe you need both battery electric and fuel cell electric… how we apply each of these technologies will depend on what we hear from customers about their needs.”
Meanwhile, GM said it will continue to increase efficiency of fuel injection vehicles to facilitate the transition.
Reuss noted that GM has advantages in this race because “light weighting of vehicles has been a priority over many years”
GM’s strategy of reducing the coast of battery packs in use by reducing the size of the battery pack itself.
Lastly, Reuss repeatedly emphasized the importance of fuel cell electric in GM’s zero emission strategy, since it’ll become part of both consumer retail and military, commercial, utility segments for the automaker.