GM has big plans in the EV space, with just a few of The General’s stated goals including the launch of 30 new all-electric models globally by 2025 and the complete electrification of its light-duty vehicle lineup by 2035. GM also hopes to become the number-one electric vehicle maker in North America. However, GM has some catching up to do before it can claim that number-one spot, per a recent study.
According to a new report from The International Council on Clean Transportation, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit known for its role in investigating Volkswagen in the lead-up to the Dieselgate scandal, GM ranks middle of the pack among 20 major automakers studied with regard to the transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). The group looked at new light-duty vehicle sales for the 2022 calendar year, and created ten metrics in which to evaluate each of the 20 individual automakers. These metrics are broken down into three broad categories, including Market Dominance (ZEV sales share, ZEV class coverage), Technology Performance (energy consumption, charging speed, driving range, renewable energy, battery recycle / repurpose), and Strategic Vision (ZEV target, ZEV investment, executive compensation).
The study also awarded each automaker an overall score for the 2022 calendar year, with a higher score indicating a more effective EV transition. GM scored 45 points in the overall 2022 rating, while Tesla was at the top of the ranking with 83 points. BYD was second with 73 points, rounding out the “Leaders,” while GM was mid-pack among “Transitioners.” The bottom of the rankings, or “Laggards,” were primarily occupied by the big Japanese manufacturers, including Toyota, Honda, Mazda, and Nissan.
GM’s highest metric scores included driving range (78 points), battery recycle / repurpose (99 points), and ZEV target (96 points). Its lowest scores included ZEV sales share (2 points), ZEV class coverage (38 points), charging speed (31 points), renewable energy (0 points), and ZEV investment (36 points).