At a press conference in Detroit this morning, General Motors announced an all-new electrifying ambition. The company plans to introduce two new all-electric vehicles within the next 18 months. These two will be the first of at least 20 new EVs that the automaker plans to launch by 2023.
GM renewed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology. It's a clean fuel concept that still needs to go through further development and major upgrades before it become a viable alternative.
GM's executive vice president of global product development Mark Reuss said that the company “committed to an all-electric future.” He made sure to point out that the company isn't going to be “flipping a switch” and things will happen.
“These aren’t just words in a war of press releases,” Reuss added. “We are far along in our plan to lead the way to that future world.”
GM's will be learning a lot from the introduction of the Chevy Bolt that it introduced into the EV market. The company said the new cars will be introduced based on “learnings” from the Bolt. It's cautionary to assume that GM's future EVs may not even be based off of the Bolt, or even in the similar architecture.
“Whatever we do, from an electrification stand point, the next version will be better than the version we have on the road,” Reuss said. “That vision involves everything that we’ve learned from the Bolt, but the architecture piece of this continues to evolve.”
GM is constantly making an effort to make a broader push to have automakers make the transition worldwide to all-electric vehicles and part ways with internal combustion engine cars. Recently, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, said that it plans to offer an electrified version of all their cars by 2022.