General Motors took the hard stance to be powered completely and solely by renewable energy by the time 2050 rolls around. That’s quite a ways off, but the impacts are starting to become apparent even today.
Car and Driver broke down what’s behind the promises and marketing glitz of renewable energy promises, and there is a resounding positive message: we’re beginning to see real possibilities when big corporations sign on.
Not only does the price for the energy and hardware itself come down (economies of scale 101), but there’s plenty of money to be saved, too. GM has already saved $73 million this year by using greener and renewable energy sources, but as more sources come to life for renewable energy, that figure will surely rise.
However, there is a reality an automaker like GM must face. There will have to be a very major investment at some point to truly reach the goals outlined. Currently, GM still produces 0.78 metric tons of carbon dioxide per vehicle produced. To ax that all together, the automaker must invest in, or make an agreement, to use a very large solar farm to cover its manufacturing operations.
Of course, this is all relative today. We know renewable energy will be cheaper in the future, meaning a greener process seems clearer than ever. There are simply going to be some major monetary hurdles in the short run.