General Motors will continue to make investments across the board for powertrains and propulsion methods, despite its ethos of zero emissions, zero crashes and zero-congestion in the future.
Automotive News reported on Tuesday that GM will continue driving toward a zero-emission future, but in the meantime, the internal-combustion engine isn’t going away. Ken Kelzer, GM’s vice president of global vehicle components and subsystems, said governments around the world will have a say in how quickly alternative-fuel vehicles proliferate. Right now, China and Europe have the most aggressive plans in action to phase out the internal-combustion engine.
Kelzer said there’s no real timeline for when the internal-combustion engine will go away, but GM will invest in battery-electric powertrains and hydrogen fuel cells to ensure it doesn’t get left behind.
“We’re placing a bet on hydrogen, electrification, and we’re still placing a bet on internal combustion,” he said. “I think it’s very dangerous to say you’re all-in on one or the other. You’ve got to play all the cards.”
Notably, GM has 20 new electric cars coming by 2023. Within the next year or so, two new battery-electric cars will come to market.