As electric vehicles become more commonplace across the automotive landscape, questions abound over the right direction in which automakers should progress the technology. According to GM President Mark Reuss, the best way to make the transition is to completely bypass hybrid vehicles, and bring EV models directly to market instead.
According to an article by Business Insider, some automakers, like Toyota, have been using hybrids to make the transition to an EV-only lineup a little easier, while Reuss believes this approach to be unnecessary.
“We’re not going to dilute our investment with hybrids,” Reuss said. “If you look at some of the other companies that are doing or have signaled that they’re going to have an all-electric lineup, the profitability picture is quite different.”
These comments line up with previous GM-related statements regarding its expanding EV portfolio. Not only does the Detroit-based automaker expect to field 30 EVs globally by 2025, but those same EVs are also to be profitable in the same time frame.
Additionally, Cadillac and Buick have plans to transition to an EV-only lineup by 2030, with Chevy and GMC expected to follow by 2035. Thus, it doesn’t make much sense for GM to invest in hybrid technology when its EV plans are unfolding now, and heating up. In fact, GM CEO Mary Barra has gone on record saying that GM customers just aren’t interested in hybrid vehicles.
However, it’s important to note that despite all this pushback, GM actually does sell hybrid vehicles. Although the last hybrid vehicle sold in North America was the 2019 Chevy Volt, The General offers quite a few hybrids in China through its SAIC-GM joint venture. A few notable examples include the Chevy Monza, the Chevy Orlando, the Cadillac XT4, the Cadillac XT5 and the Cadillac XT6.