General Motors announced will only focus on making electric cars
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 03, 2017
It was seen coming, more after several manufacturers have announced in recent months their intentions to abandon gasoline and focus efforts on electric motors. Today, General Motors, one of the world's leading car makers, took a look at their plans over the next decade, where they tell us about an all-electric, emissions-free future.
Earlier this morning, Mark Reuss, GM's executive vice president of product development, purchasing and supply chain, gave a talk on his technical campus in Warren, Michigan, where he unveiled part of the strategy the company will follow. of now for the manufacture of electric cars.
This new strategy begins with the launch of two new electric cars during 2019, which will be accompanied by at least 20 new models by 2023. However, Reuss did not anticipate a specific date to abandon gasoline and diesel, as this will depend on each region and market. But what is a fact is that the research and development of the company will be focused on electric cars.
Along with this announcement, GM also introduced its new SURUS platform, which is based on hydrogen cells under a concept of four wheels driven with two electric motors. This new platform will give life to both commercial cars and delivery vehicles, ambulances and trucks.
The new models that will be launched during the next decade will be a mix of electric cars with lithium batteries and cars with hydrogen batteries. This move aims to enter fully into those markets which have already announced the future ban on internal combustion vehicles, such as France, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Norway, but especially China, which is close to joining the ban and that will be decisive for the development of electric cars.
The decision to gradually leave the gasoline and diesel engines is based on the good sales of the Chevy Bolt, where despite losing $ 9,000 in each car, are sure that the steady fall in prices of batteries will make this market and can diversify the market with several options. So they think it's a good time to bet on it before it's too late.
With this, GM joins Volvo, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln to go green and bet full on electric cars. Who will be next?