General Motors went par for the course when it announced plans for an all-electric future earlier this month. The announcement follows numerous other automakers, which all stated future vehicles would feature some sort of electrification.
Although we won’t know GM’s specifics for some time to come, we have the general plan. The automaker will roll out 20 battery-electric cars by 2023—that’s significant since GM committed to fully electric cars, not 48-volt hybrid systems or plug-in hybrids. And it means GM is serious about a fully-electric future.
In the short run, GM will introduce two battery-electric cars in the next 18 months to kick things off. With that in mind, we ask: how do you feel about GM’s electrification announcement?
Of course, we know there will be a crowd that’s not so pleased with the idea of more electric cars, but as global markets move away from fossil fuels (read: China), automakers have no choice but to adapt if they want to remain competitive. However, the other side of the announcement is rather significant.
Although other brands committed to electrifying their vehicle lineups, that doesn’t mean they will introduce purely electric cars. “Electrifying” or “electrification” is a broad term and can simply mean more mild-hybrid systems attached to internal-combustion engines. In GM’s announcement, it made no mention of mild hybrids and only focused on battery-electric cars. Additionally, fuel cells will play a major part of the automaker’s powertrain strategy. GM also revealed SURUS last week, a platform for future fuel cell trucks. As we said, GM is serious.
Let us know, are you ready for GM to go all electric?