GM: “At least” 20 New EVs To Debut In Next 5 Years, Two in Next 18 Months
As the current auto show season approached, there had been some hints that a Chevrolet Bolt EV-based offering would debut, specifically an all electric/compact Buick EV, but GM has now officially stated there will be a lot more EVs coming soon.
Specifically that GM will offer two new all-electric vehicles “based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV” in the “next 18 months”, and that “at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023”.
Now to be clear, because we have heard a lot of automakers talk about “electrifying” their lineups of late (Honda, VW, BMW, Jaguar, Volvo, etc), which is a clever way of lumping hybrids (and sometimes plug-in hybrids) with all-electric cars into press releases…GM isn’t saying that, they are clearly saying “all-electric vehicles”. That’s a lot of EVs indeed!
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors 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.”
We should note that GM currently has a massive push underway in China to conform to some pretty strict (and almost immediate) electric vehicle sales thresholds, so one should probably several of these coming 20+ all-electric vehicles will be offering in China only.
Full GM press release:
DETROIT — General Motors announced today how it is executing on a major element of its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, recently announced by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra.
In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV. They will be the first of at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023.
Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification — battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.
GM also introduced SURUS — the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure — a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance — all emissions free.