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General Motors Clarifies That 2035 Zero Emission Goal Is Not A Promise

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While Ford Motor Company has only committed to go all-electric in Europe by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality globally by 2050, General Motors recently revealed a more ambitious goal – to axe all of its ICE-powered vehicles by 2035 and become carbon neutral by 2040. But what a lot of people didn’t realize at the time was that this was merely a goal, not a declaration. Thus, GM has now clarified that little tidbit regarding its 2035 zero emission goal.

“We intend to win wherever we’re competing and irrespective of propulsion system,” Steve Carlisle, GM’s North American chief, told Automotive News in an interview. “At the same time, we’re setting ourselves up for this pivot, which is inevitable. We’re all-in, but we need other people to join us.”

This clarification of GM’s 2035 zero emission goal isn’t terribly surprising given the fact that the automaker used loose language in its original announcement that left open the possibility that it could push the date back further if needed. This gives GM flexibility in the event that EVs don’t catch on as quickly as currently expected, which would leave it suffering from an all-electric lineup.

Currently, GM has just one all-electric vehicle in its lineup – the Chevrolet Bolt EV – but has vowed to launch 30 EVs by the end of 2025 across the globe, and is investing $27 billion toward electric and autonomous vehicle development through 2025 as well. In the next year or so, it will launch the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer EV (and later, the Hummer EV SUV), as well as the Cadillac Lyriq.

In the meanwhile, GM will continue to invest in ICE-powered vehicles “as long as it makes sense,” according to Carlisle. “It’s part of the balance,” he said. “We’ve got to provide the consumers what they want when they want it and at the same time give a different, compelling view of the future.”

Meanwhile, Ford continues to work on expanding its own EV lineup with the China-only EVOS now joining the Ford Mustang Mach-E, along with a Europe-only model built on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and two additional EV crossovers planned for the future.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Logical way of thinking from GM, because no one can commit to 2021 until 2035! Electric vehicles are currently being demanded by politicians around the world, even though the batteries are defective after 10 years or earlier. Nobody can say 100% in 2021 that we will all have enough green electricity for poor people and rich people.
    That is clearly a way of thinking at GM too, because why is a combustion engine that is not driven a little more ecological than an electric vehicle, regardless of its size. I can imagine that I will never buy an electric vehicle because I drive little and an electric vehicle always has to be charged, especially in the heat and cold outdoors.
    What’s even more interesting is that new information about climate change emerged today. Here one writes that the lockdowns due to the Corona Pandemic 2020 did not change the climate. Climate change is probably natural after all and humans cannot influence it.
    I always think that nature and God cannot influence anyone, even if the eco apostles would like to do so!

  2. I guess everyone forgot about where electricity comes from and how its generated?

    Little resource called coal and gas maybe?

    Oh ya and how batteries are made?

    Hey GM what’s the plan for all the 10 year old batteries?……..dump in the ocean?

    Better get some advice from the autistic lesbian teenager who dropped out of college because it was too difficult.

  3. Say what? Are y’all telling us that Government Motors lied to us? Danged ungrateful after Obama bailed ’em out… wait, that was the American taxpayers.

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