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GM prepares electric onslaught ahead of 2023

GM prepares electric onslaught...
GM has outlined an aggressive strategy for its future of electrification 
GM has outlined an aggressive strategy for its future of electrification 
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GM has outlined an aggressive strategy for its future of electrification 
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GM has outlined an aggressive strategy for its future of electrification 

As battery technology continues to advance at a rapid rate, big (and traditionally conservative) automakers are starting to outline their plans for electrification. The latest is General Motors, which wants to have two new pure electric vehicles on the market within the next 18 months.

Along with a fresh pair of battery-electric vehicles based on the Bolt platform, the team at GM is planning an onslaught ahead of 2023. Expect to see at least 20 pure-electric vehicles from GM brands in the next five years. Along with the pure electrics, expect to see a range of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles emerging.

With this in mind, the company has also announced the Silent Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS. Although we don't have any images of this mysterious platform, we do know it's powered by two electric motors and a hydrogen fuel cell, and could form the foundation for vehicles like delivery trucks or ambulances. We've reached out to GM for more information, so stay tuned.

"General Motors believes in an all-electric future," says Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. "Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs."

Source: GM

8 comments
Joshua Tulberg
Hum, Does GM really believe in an all-electric future when they (along with Ford and Chrysler) continue to battle fuel-efficiency standards? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/business/detroit-automakers-emissions-standards.html
Harap White
"General Motors believes in an all-electric future".... So they killed the electric car not long ago and now this... I keep wondering if they pursued the electric car project where they would be by now.
watersworm
@ Harap : this is called "Capitalism"...
highlandboy
So Tesla has them running scared. Like Mercedes, it may be too little too late. When Mercedes surveyed their customers about whether they would. Be interested in an electric vehicle in the next 5 years, many responded they had already ordered a Tesla.
VincentWolf
All electric my behind. Its time the media recognize the difference between BEVs and FCEVs. FCEVs depend on hudrogens which is currently most all derived from hdrocarbons to make the gas. Thats just another way of using fossil fuels to keep us hooked on big oil. No thanks. BEVs are the fiture NOT FCEVs.
CAVUMark
My condo is all electric, not so great when the meter spins like a flying saucer.
Don Duncan
watersworm: Capitalism doesn't exsist. We have a mixed economy, mostly fascism (govt. + business) with a little free market (grey & black). In a capitalist economy no business is "too big to fail" or subsidized. I talked with an early tester of the EV1 in Folsom, CA. It was thumbs down. Of course, that prototype was not a serious attempt. It was probably financed by taxes. That was paying for a fox to design a more secure hen house. It isn't stupidity, it's typical govt./business collusion. The question is: How much of our money is paying for this electric future? And when will voters realize capitalism provides all they want or need at a tiny fraction of the cost. Trouble is, you can't have captialism (economic freedom) and govt., i.e., unlimited control.
Tom Lee Mullins
I wonder if it will be like the 'skateboard' design they had before? It seems that did not get far but I liked the idea behind it. I wonder if it will be like the Trexa platform? It is a battery electric motor platform that one can put a body on. I wonder if it is a return to the time one buys a platform and a coach works puts a body on it? It could be where one could get a truly personalized vehicle?