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Can't seem to read that article without registering, but it is being reported elsewhere as more of an aspiration than a commitment.

That said it is still very good to see, and seems like a 'brave' step when the US market still seems very attached to their gas guzzlers.

So will their competitors in the US market follow suit, or see this as an opportunity to take market share from GM by selling more of their ICE vehicles?
 

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I admire their optimism that they'll still be around by 2035.

How's electrification working out for them so far?
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Announced
  • Chevy Bolt EUV
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Here's a non-paywalled version of the story
 

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Can't seem to read that article without registering, but it is being reported elsewhere as more of an aspiration than a commitment.
GM Press Release -- free to all.



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Today, GM announced that it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targetsⁱⁱ to achieve carbon neutrality. The company has also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders.


“With this extraordinary step forward, GM is making it crystal clear that taking action to eliminate pollution from all new light-duty vehicles by 2035 is an essential element of any automaker’s business plan"

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GM will offer 30 all-electric models globally by mid-decade and 40 percent of the company’s U.S. models offered will be battery electric vehicles by the end of 2025.
 

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General Motors will sell only zero emissions vehicles by 2035.

This is a huge change of direction for GM.
It's of no relevance to the UK or Europe - they abandoned ship.

Any relevance is to the USA, and even there they are doing the wrong thing by perpetuating overly large resource guzzlers.
 

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In the US, Light Duty vehicles are up to a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 8,500 lbs.

I'm not sure if GM still makes an SUV with GVWR over 8,500. I checked and it looks like the 2021 Suburban is just under. (Fuel economy for a Suburban is dismal)

That only leaves HD pickups and medium trucks. GM no longer makes heavy trucks or locomotives.


Heavy Duty pickups fall in the 8,501 - 10,000 lb. class and presumably are exempt from GM's aspiration.


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It's of no relevance to the UK or Europe - they abandoned ship.
I disagree. World wide emissions of NO2, CO2 and other pollutants matter to the UK.

In 2014, the US had a 15% share of world wide green house gas emssions. China was 30%. The entire EU/UK was 9%.



In 2019 GM sold 3,094,000 vehicles in China and 2,887,046 in the USA. GM's volume in America alone is larger than the entire UK new car and light commerical sales.

Most of what GM sells in the US are large pickups and SUVs. A Chevy Suburban manages 16mpg on a good day.






 

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Don't Ford class the F150 (the biggest selling vehicle in the US) as Light Duty?




Only 12,200 lbs towing capacity - phaff! Or 4,000 payload capacity.

And this is part of the evil of these vehicle being used as "cars" rather than the "commercial vehicles" that the legislation intended. We have the same problem in the UK thanks to Gordon Brown classifying pick-ups as acceptable for low taxation when used as private cars for the self-employed (and their "employees") leading to a huge number appearing on the school run and as weekend drivers. Environment, what environment?
 

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I disagree. World wide emissions of NO2, CO2 and other pollutants matter to the UK.
Exactly, but GM are (apparently) planning to produce the "wrong" EVs which will be fueled by the "wrong" electricity.

The US (and the rest of the world) needs to convert to smaller more sustainable vehicles - not Hummer EVs.
 

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Which amendment is the right to drive an SUV or Truck enshrined in? :devilish:

But Ford are not setting a different example to GM - they have abandoned the Focus EV and instead are giving the world the Mustang Mach-e and F-150-EV. :rolleyes:
 

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Which amendment is the right to drive an SUV or Truck enshrined in? :devilish:
2nd Amendment. Big Sky Gunracks don't make anything to fit a Model 3. ;)
 
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