Tuesday, 24 October, 2017

Can General Motors Use Electric Cars To Revolutize American Car Making?

Flags fly outside the General Motors world headquarters building General Motors to ramp up electric vehicle plans, 20 new models planned over next 6 years
Juana Turner | 03 October, 2017, 07:16

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, GM's first mass-market electric vehicle, won Car of the Year Award at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. At the same time, crosstown rival Ford Motor Co. said it had formed a new team to help direct investments toward new electrified vehicles expected in the next several years.

Reuss said the company is too big for them to pinpoint a date when gas and diesel vehicles will no longer be produced, according to USA Today. The SURUS, which stands for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, is a new fuel-cell powered heavy-duty truck frame. Through August, GM has sold 11,670 Bolts, which is less than 1 percent of GM's total USA sales so far this year. Still, this is a big step for the electric auto, particularly on the domestic front.

Regulators in China and some European countries have floated proposals to ban internal combustion engines by 2030 or 2040.

Given customers' various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology.

"General Motors believes in an all-electric future", Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, said of the commitment.

Chairman and CEO Mary Barra recently said the Detroit automaker sees a future of not just zero emissions, but also zero crashes and zero traffic congestion underpinned by autonomous vehicles.

The company said it's learned a lot from the Chevrolet Bolt, GM's first all-electric vehicle.

"This future will be profitable", Reuss said.

They will be module electric vehicles or hydrogen energy component vehicles that have no inner ignition motors and don't consume fuel or emanate destructive vapors from their tailpipes.

Tesla has 951 fast-charging stations globally that can only be used by Tesla owners.

GM says the vast majority of the new vehicles will be founded on another electric engineering with a more extended territory than the Bolt's 238 miles.

On Monday, Tesla blamed "production bottlenecks" for the slow rollout, but said it's confident it can fix those issues. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne once publicly begged consumers not to buy one of the company's electric vehicles, because the company lost $14,000 on each one.

More information about GM's new electric cars will be revealed down the road. In recent years, it has emerged as the top market globally for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, mostly low-price cars from Chinese brands.

Three clay models of vehicles designed for the next-generation propulsion system that were previewed Monday included a Buick crossover, Cadillac wagon and a pod-looking vehicle with "Bolt EV" badging.

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