GM Appoints Pamela Fletcher To VP Global Electric Vehicle Programs

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OCT 14 2017 BY STEVEN LOVEDAY 31

General Motors is appointing Pamela Fletcher to the newly created role of Vice President – Global Electric Vehicle Programs. She will be responsible for leading the team to accelerate GM on the path to its vision of a zero emissions world.

GM’s Pam Fletcher with the Chevrolet Bolt EV (Image Credit: John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

As GM moves forward with its electric future, the automaker has created a new position and chief engineer Pam Fletcher fills the role.

Fletcher started her journey as an engineer years ago at Kettering University and then Wayne State University. She recently continued her studies with a shift toward executive education at the likes of Northwestern, Stanford, and Harvard Business School.

From 2008-2011 Fletcher was the Chief Engineer for the Chevrolet Volt propulsion system. For the last five years, she’s filled the role of Executive Chief Engineer for Autonomous & Electrified Vehicles and New Technology. Under her leadership, the Chevrolet Bolt EV was born.

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General Motors, Pam Fletcher charging a Chevrolet Spark EV.

Now, Fletcher moves up the ladder once again, to a position that didn’t exist just a few days ago. She will be GM’s vice president of Global Electric Vehicle Programs, a big, big part of GM’s future, as the company just announced 2 new all-electric offerings will debut in the next 18 months, and “at least” 20 over the next 5 years.

This is just another step that shows the automaker is serious about its future with electric vehicles.

Fletcher will lead the team in accelerating GM’s worldwide electric vehicle program. Her primary responsibilities will encompass launching those 20+ pure-electric models by 2023.

Vice President for Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Program, Doug Parks, will be her superior throughout the mission. He shared in the press release:

“Nobody is more prepared to help us lead the way to a zero emissions future than Pam Fletcher. Under Pam’s leadership, GM will continue to deliver electric vehicles that delight our customers and exceed their expectations.”

GM also added this ditty on Fletcher:

For more than a decade, Fletcher has been in leadership roles supporting the engineering of GM’s electric vehicle and self-driving technologies, most recently as executive chief engineer for Electrified Vehicles and New Technologies. She has led the teams responsible for development of several of GM’s most awarded vehicles, including the second-generation Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Spark EV, Cadillac ELR and the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the industry’s first mass-market, long-range affordable electric vehicle. Her team also led development of Super Cruise, the industry’s first hands-free highway driver assist system.

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L'amata

fletchaaaaaaaaa!!!

Fletcher Sea Gull…spread your wings…concentrate!
(Jonathon Livingston Seagull)

ziv
She seems like a good sort, but she doesn’t pay attention to people that own Volts and talked to her in the past about the shortcomings of the car. She nodded her head, said that the lack of rear seat leg room, less than stellar acceleration and the lack of a fifth seat were problems that needed correcting and then tried to defend the Gen II with its pitiful leg room, still relatively pokey acceleration and the 5th seat of agony. She also completely rejected the idea of having 6.6 kW charging even as an option despite the fact that it makes public charging less of an irritation for many of us. If she was down with the visual design cues on the Chevy Bolt, she definitely will talk the team line on anything. Finally, she was at a meeting I went to where absolutely no one was able to tell whether she or Pablo were saying Bolt or Volt, causing mass confusion among the reporters. We told her the names were too close and would be confusing. She toed the party line there as well, apparently. I respect her as a person, but she and GM have made a… Read more »
God/Bacardi

I was going to say a lot of the same…Excluding the Bolt EV/Gen2 Volt cheerleaders (many of them own a different GM car and do not own the vehicle they’re defending) there are several omissions that should be addressed for the both the Bolt EV and the Volt…She knows people want “homelink” and now we have three model years without it…

Dav8or

Really??! That’s your big beef? No Homelink?? Wow, loss of credibility there. Boo hoo… GM cars don’t have an integrated garage door opener and you have to clip one to the visor. Oh man what a hardship… what a terrible company.

Oh. Brother.

ffbj

I think dropped the ball on not having 6.6 kW, and DCFC standard. It’s like they were cutting corners, but in exactly the worst places.
Still they got Bolt out and it’s alright for a city runabout, if that’s what you need.

It will be interesting to see what they come up with in the form of evs for the future.

Pokey acceleration? The gen 2 Volt’s 0-30 time is better than a classic non-performance Model S 85!
And the Volt is a compact car. Wtf do you expect for rear leg room? It’s not a TARDIS.

Ziv

0-30 may please your grandmother, but I, and most people, want 0-60 acceleration to rock, not the lower hanging fruit like 0-30 times. And I would your Grandma would like an SS version of the Volt.
And compact cars don’t have to have tiny seats. Look at the Honda Fit. It is a roomy SUB-Compact. The Volt didn’t have to be a cramped car that goes 0-60 in 8.5 and later 7.5 seconds. It could have been a sportier car, a car that was more fun to drive, if they had chosen to up the HP and the torque a bit. They chose not to do so. And the Volt is selling fewer vehicles per month than they could have. GM chose to dumb down the Volt and they are not selling well. They also made the Bolt look like a clown car with ridiculous curves and design cues, but that is another story.

Dav8or

How does the Volt’s “crappy” performance numbers compare to a Toyota Prius? That was the benchmark. Do you have the same criticisms of the Prius, or is it perfect?

The only mistake GM made was thinking that all electric range, burning the least amount of gas and EPA mileage was the most important thing to green, eco friendly thinking people. They were wrong. These sorts of people are more talk than action.

Turns out they aren’t willing to sacrifice a roomy back seat, or cargo space, or pay a couple of thousand more, or risk the possibly not getting that “Toyota ownership experience”, or giving their money to the evil GM that “Killed the electric car!!!” They can’t win. People will always whine about GM. The Volt’s actually a pretty awesome hybrid, but some just have to hate.

Ziv
Comparing a Volt to a Prius does the Volt absolutely NO favors! The Prius is a highly efficient couch that delivers people from point A to point B using the least gasoline that an ICE can do. 0-60 is just one metric, but it is one that is important to a lot of people, especially with people who like to drive, not the people who think driving is a chore. Cabin space/rear seat legroom and a moderately comfortable 5th seat (this is the toughest one, maybe impossible due to the pack shape) are important to as many people as 0-60 improvements, and for a smaller but real number of Volt owners, faster charging is important. None of these features individually would turn around the opinions of all potential Volt buyers, but each of them would improve the opinion of some, and collectively they would make the Volt much more attractive to a lot of potential Volt buyers. GM could have easily, and at little additional cost, dealt with all of them except the comfortable 5th seat. The Volt is going to go down in history as a noble cause that fell short when it comes to sales. But it didn’t… Read more »
TwoVolts

Who are you quoting?

TwoVolts

Ziv, Good observations. She strikes me as a party liner as well – as I recall all that scripted “unlock the code” nonsense when they first introduced the Bolt.

I’d like to see an outsider brought in that can shake things up more and get GM to understand the need to commit to a truly great EV effort and to the required fast charging infrastructure.

The current GM offerings only have some elements of greatness – not the total package. And GM still doesn’t seem to ‘get’ the charging part of the value equation.

Imagine Ford, FCA, and others, if GM ‘Actually Listened’, and did some small things, like were mentioned above, fix thise items in their products; did a ‘180’ on who should invest in Public EV Charging, and started announcing a City to City Fast Charging plan!

Imagine, if they contacted 1000 large North American Companies, and worked with them to install Workplace EV Charging, all by 2019!

Imagine if they brouggt out “Silverado-P”, an ‘EREV’ designed pickup, with 40 Miles All Electric Range, 400 more on Gas, and all the current Towing Capacities (but smoother Driving characteristics)!

ffbj

Imagine if they drove a bunch of caddy’s on their auto-pilot system across the country, and just like the above mentioned, nobody cared or even noticed.

Ziv

I have to admit that I don’t care about autopilot or Adaptive Cruise Control. I want to drive, not be a passenger. But I understand that many people would like to have those options. To each their own.

God/Bacardi

Some good news is that she was the lead for Supercruise yet so that would increase the odds of it appearing in EVs…However, the only vehicle you can get it in is the ICE CT6, you cannot get it the PHEV version of the CT6…The Caddy XT4 (in camo) was spied with the supercruise gear so I don’t ever see supercruise trickling down to the Chevy brand during the Gen2 Volt/Gen1 Bolt EV lifetime…The Buick “Bolt”/Encore makes perfect sense as it is most likely the next EV GM will produce so NOT having supercruise on it would be lost opportunity to make a big splash…

Ziv

I drove the plug in CT6 in a Cadillac event last weekend and it was nice. Peppy albeit not super quick, but I drove the CT6 after I did 0-70 in about 4.5 seconds with a couple CTS-V’s….
Between going to the DC Car Show and talking to GM people and then liking Cadillac and GM on Facebook, you get invited to some pretty cool events.

Tom W

Super Super happy to see this! She is the one to take this revolution to the next level!!

Get Real

You have to remember that as a legecy OEM with huge sunk costs into ICE and its related service revenue streams, GM is desperate to not have their EVs erode those ICE lines of profits.

Their squandering the opportunity to dominate market share by putting Voltec (where it would be perfect) into SUVs or even trucks proves this many times over.

Dav8or

Yes, yes, yes… If it ain’t Tesla it’s fake news. Got it.

georgeS

She should replace Mary Barra!!

Josh Bryant

Congrats to her!

Surprised we haven’t seen Kdawg chime in.

Rich

Congratulations Pam Fletcher. Whatever GM’s electrification plans are, quadruple it with confidence.

leafowner

MAKE IT HAPPEN PAM! I want to see more than 1 american car company left in 10 years….

Ocean Railroader

I really hope GM can make a fully electric Chevy Impala in that is one of my favorite GM cars out there.

I met Pam personally a couple of times. Once during a journalist gig. She gave me the typical corporate speak until I told her I was a Volt owner. Then she perked up and thanked me for being a customer.
Looks like GM’s EV ship is bein headed by the right people!

David Murray

I can see that GM is really planning ahead. Now, as long as ICEs are still more profitable, they will continue to focus on those. However, I think they are trying to make sure they are prepared when the paradigm shift occurs. Some manufacturers like Chrysler, I suspect, will have painted themselves into a corner.

Peter Mason

Could she start by actually having an electric offering in Australia!!!!!!!!!!!

ItsNotAboutTheMoney

There’s no reason for GM to make RHD plug-ins.
GM sold Vauxhall/Opel and China and the USA are LHD.

No compliance reasons for RHD.

Japan’s nationalistic.
India’s protectionist.
Other markets are small.

No market reasons for RHD.
No development reasons for RHD.

windbourne

Hopefully, GM is for real on going after EVs. This is the only way that it will stop us from needing to bail them out in 2-3 years.

Bill Howland

Ms. Fletcher is a nice enough person – but once she started mentioning ‘Reactionary Forces’ when describing how the VOltec works, to several CRINGES from the rest of the engineers in the room – mean that she obviously does better with management issues.

Stuff mentioned like CCS, and 6.6 – 7.6 KW chargers for the volt, I can only partially agree with, since I agree they probably should offer such features as OPTIONS, rather like NISSAN did with the Leaf, so that those who INSIST on having them can obtain a vehicle they want.

But in the interest of keeping the base vehicle affordable, the basic vehicle should not have them standard. For instance I saved $750 by not having fast charging on my BOLT, since I can’t use it where I drive anyway.

I like the 7.2 – 7.6 kw charger, and utilize it, but if they had a 3.3 kw charger for $500 cheaper, I probably would have bought the 3.3 kw model to save $500. But that is just me. Getting almost 6 kw charging speed at a public charger is very nice, admittedly.