General Motors today announced that it plans to introduce two new pure-electric vehicles over the next 18 months on its way to bringing out twenty such vehicles by 2023, contributing to a major component its goal of achieving a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero traffic congestion – a goal iterated recently by CEO Mary Barra. The announcement comes nearly two years after crosstown rival Ford Motor Company announced its own $4.5-billion bet on electrification that would see the introduction of thirteen new electrified vehicle models by 2020, but Ford’s announcement is far less ambitious, including battery-electric, plug-in-hybrid, and conventional-hybrid models in its tally.
GM’s electrification onslaught will consist of a two-pronged approach, the automaker says, incorporating both battery-electric and hydrogen-fuel-cell models to serve a variety of customer needs. One such fuel-cell vehicle was introduced today: SURUS, the “Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure” concept. SURUS is a hydrogen-powered EV built on a heavy-duty truck frame with two electric motors and four-wheel steering. General Motors says that SURUS’ flexible architecture could allow it to serve as a delivery vehicle, truck, or an ambulance, all without letting loose any harmful emissions.
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” says GM Executive VP of Product Development, Purchasing, and Supply Chain Mark Reuss. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”