By the end of 2018, brand new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500s will be built entirely with the power of renewable energy. General Motors announced it will purchase 200 megawatts of renewable energy from Illinois and Ohio wind farms to power the Fort Wayne Assembly, Marion Metal Center and Bedford Casting plants in Indiana. The energy will also power the Lordstown Assembly, Defiance Casting Operations, Parma Metal Center and Toledo Transmission plants in Ohio.
In addition to the new renewable energy production, it will mean 20 percent of GM’s global energy use will come from renewable energy sources.
“Technology is driving solutions for mobility and safety in our vehicles, as well as the new energy solutions that build them,” said Gerald Johnson, GMNA vice president of Manufacturing and Labor. “This is the way we do business: offering vehicles that serve our customers’ lifestyle needs while providing sustainable solutions that improve our communities.”
All of this continues to mount in an effort to reach GM’s ultimate goal: be a fossil-fuel-free automaker by the year 2050.