General Motors CEO Mary Barra addressed the CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday and she once again laid out the automaker’s ambitious future. Notably, GM will focus on its long-term goal of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
Each goal is already in motion today, per Barra. The automaker’s electric and electrified cars are only the beginning with 20 new battery-electric vehicles coming by 2023. GM Cruise is hard at work on self-driving car technology to roll out safe autonomous vehicles, and reduce congestion in inner cities with more shared cars.
Barra pointed out that 1.25 million people die around the world each year due to car crashes; GM wants to reduce that figure to zero in its ambitious goals.
While summing up other GM accomplishments relating back to the trifecta that guides GM, she also called on U.S. lawmakers to address the federal tax credits for electric vehicles and expressed GM’s desire to partner with the energy industry to invest in charging infrastructure across the country.
GM will likely reach the federal tax credit cap of 200,000 vehicles this year. After that, the credits enter a phaseout period until the $7,500 credit becomes $0.
And Barra pushed for more discussions on renewable energy sources, especially as electric cars plug into the electricity grid around the world. Coal still provides 30 percent of electricity in the U.S. and 65 percent in China.
Despite the challenges Barra presented, she proclaimed GM will overcome them all.
“The good news is we have the ambition, the talent and the technology to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” she said.