Detroit, Michigan – With China, France, and the United Kingdom announcing bans on gasoline-powered vehicles in the distant future, General Motors announced plans for an all-electric vehicle lineup at some point.
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” says Mark Reuss, GM 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.”
Other automakers have announced plans to support more electrified vehicles in the future. Volvo in July announced plans to offer electric powertrains on all of its vehicles by 2019, although that company will continue selling gasoline- and diesel-powered versions as well.
In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.
GM officials also say they will continue developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Though electrically driven, hydrogen-powered cars generate that electricity in the fuel cell rather than storing it in a battery. Fuel cells hold the promise of much higher ranges than battery electrics, but they are expensive, have been in development for several decades, and there are few hydrogen fueling stations available to drivers.
GM has also introduced the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) a fuel-cell-powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck, or even an ambulance.