General Motors has announced plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from its new light-duty vehicles by 2035 and become fully carbon neutral by 2040.
GM plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from its light-duty vehicles by slowly adding more and more battery-electric vehicles to its lineup. The automaker will offer 30 all-electric models globally by mid-decade and 40 percent of the company’s U.S. models will be battery-electric by the end of 2025. Going forward, more than half of GM’s capital spending and product development will be devoted to electric and electric-autonomous vehicle programs, with the automaker outlining a clear directive to eventually offer an EV “for every customer, from crossovers and SUVs to trucks and sedans.”
While EVs do not emit tailpipe emissions, they are not as eco friendly if they are not charged with electricity that was generated in an eco-friendly way. To address this, GM will work with EVGo to triple the size of the company’s public fast-charging network (which is already the nation’s largest) by adding more than 2,700 new fast chargers by the end of 2025. All of these fast-charging stations will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
As for becoming fully carbon neutral by 2040, the automaker will source 100 percent renewable energy to power all of its US.. facilities by 2030, while its global sites will achieve this goal by 2035. This is a five-year acceleration from its previously outlined goal of converting its global facilities to renewables by 2040. For any remaining carbon that it may be spewing into the atmosphere from its day-to-day operations, GM says it “expects to invest in carbon credits or offsets,” and will “assess credit and offset solutions in the coming years as the most efficient, equitable and inclusive ideas mature.”
“General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”
In addition to its tailpipe emissions elimination commitment, GM signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, a coalition of UN agencies and companies dedicated to achieving a carbon net-zero economy. Other auto industry companies that have joined this eco-friendly UN coalition include Continental, Mahindra, Volkswagen, Ford, Bosch and Delphi.
GM’s announcement comes just days after president Joe Biden pledged to replace the entire U.S. federal vehicle fleet with American-made EVs, a move that could cost upwards of $20 billion.