In a recent LinkedIn post, General Motors CEO Mary Barra outlined her company’s progress toward an all-electric future. Barra lists EV research and development, strategic utility partnerships, and increased consumer awareness as GM’s latest progress in the field of electric vehicle propulsion technology.
In Barra’s LinkedIn post, she maintains GM’s schedule to launch 20 new all-electric vehicles globally by 2023 – a target announced a year ago. It is clear from the statement of the General Motors CEO that she envisions a future in which it is at the forefront of electric energy, and it is directing its resources to ensure that happens.
The post from Barra continued highlight the progress of this initiative so far, and to noted what measures are being taken done for the future:
- Barra mentioned a production increase of the Chevrolet Bolt EV due to increased customer demands here and abroad. In Hazel Park, Michigan, an LG Electric facility, which will make battery packs this fall to supply the Orion, Michigan assembly plant, where the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV is built.
- General Motors is now performing nearly all battery testing “under one roof” in an expanded laboratory. At 100,000 square feet, Barra claims that it is “the largest in the world.” The laboratory, located at the GM Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, houses the battery testing for the Chevrolet Volt, Bolt EV, and whatever is to come next.
- GM has revealed two new EV entries – the Buick Velite 6 EV and the Baojun E200, which is developed for the Chinese market. However, Barra’s post didn’t mention that the Buick Velite 6 has hit a snag in its production.
- General Motors CEO Barra also noted that GM will create a prototype vehicle capable of a 180-mile range with less than 10 minutes of charging. The prototype will be sent to Delta Electronics for official testing as part of a new U.S. Department of Energy initiative.