General Motors is confident it has a winning agenda to cement its future as a dominant player in the ever-changing automotive industry. Once a year, GM releases its sustainability report to look at how the automaker has affected the industry and to highlight the changes taking place at the company.
This time, it’s all about efficiency and mobility—two hot buzzwords in the industry, no doubt. GM listed a handful of near-term results beginning with a big one: a lower-carbon future.
The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV encompasses the beginning of a future less reliant on fossil fuels and GM’s Maven now employs 100 Bolt EVs. Together, they can cover 250,000 all-electric miles per month. Additionally, lightweight materials shaved 3,600 pounds from 10 vehicles throughout GM’s portfolio of vehicles. Less weight equals greater efficiency.
Autonomous vehicles are another important area and GM plans to begin testing of such vehicles in its home state of Michigan this year. In the meantime, GM is working to make important safety features standard in many cars and encourage safer driving practices.
On the environment side, GM reiterated its commitment to being a part of a clean-energy economy. GM used 199.8 megawatts of renewable energy in 2016, surpassing its 125 mw commitment four years early. The company saves $5 million a year from these efforts. Looking ahead, GM has stated its plans to be completely fossil fuel free by 2050.
In one final pillar, GM is working to transform the industry through talent. Every 26 minutes, GM filled an STEM-related position last year. Five percent of new hires were United States veterans as well.
These are highlights from GM itself, but you can read the entire report by following the link here.