Each year for nearly a decade, General Motors has produced a sustainability report to show where the automaker sits in achieving its emissions, safety, and other goals. The 2018 iteration, released Thursday, highlighted not only GM’s progress, but staked out the future, too.
Specifically, GM said it will double its engineering resources for electric cars and self-driving vehicles in the next two years. Considering GM has already deployed numerous resources and capital to both fields, that’s a major push. GM said previously it plans for 20 new electric cars by 2023, though it’s unclear how many of those Americans will see.
The previous announcement didn’t specify if the number of electric cars will simply help stake out its ground and meet challenges in China. We will see some, however. Chevrolet likely has a slightly larger crossover based on the Bolt EV in the works and Cadillac confirmed it will launch an electric SUV early next decade. The automaker also confirmed it has a battery-electric pickup truck in development, though that’s likely much farther out, based on comments from GM President Mark Reuss.
As for self-driving cars, Cruise Automation secured $5 billion total in investment, though we may not see its cars deployed this year. GM previously said it wanted to commercialize self-driving cars this year. So far, it appears behind schedule.
Other highlights from the report include GM’s work toward eliminating emissions. The automaker said it’s reduced its manufactured carbon intensity ahead of schedule by three years since 2010. Compared to the 2010 baseline, GM now aims to reduce its carbon emissions another 31 percent by 2030. Renewable energy also powers 20 percent of GM’s total electricity needs, while the goal remains 100 percent clean energy by 2050. The company also highlighted that it’s the first major automaker to commit to sourcing sustainable natural rubber for tire production to mitigate climate change effects and help stop deforestation.