GM Will Stop Making Gas-Powered Passenger Vehicles by 2035
In the last few years states such as California and Massachusetts have made the move to ban combustion engines. Now, it’s an automaker following suit.
Not long after announcing it’s new logo geared toward electrification, General Motors has announced it plans to eliminate gas and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035. This is the first step of a larger plan for the automaker to become carbon neutral by 2040. The company has also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C which has a goal to limit global warming to below 2º C by changing business practices.
GM will offer 30 all-electric models globally by 2025. Forty-percent of U.S. models offered will also be battery electric vehicles by the end of 2025. GM will be investing $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles over the next five years.
GM will be offering zero-emissions vehicles across a range of price points and work to build out the necessary charging infrastructure and promote acceptance from the general public while still maintaining jobs.
“General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”
It’s not just vehicles that will be going green. All U.S. GM factories will use renewable energy by 2030, according to Barra, and global factories by 2035. Today, GM is the 10th largest off-taker of renewable energy in the world.
Barra says the full transition will take up to 14 years. While ending tailpipe emissions won’t affect medium and heavy duty trucks, it will include everything from cars and crossovers to full-size vehicles like the Silverado and yes…even the Corvette.