This article was originally published by Steve Schaefer on Clean the fleet report, a publication that provides readers with the information they need to switch to the best fuel economy cars and trucks, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.
It was a week of good news for electric vehicles and climate action as General Motors and the new US president announced ambitious plans to tackle global warming. Both have set themselves a goal in fourteen years that, although later than the often-cited goal for 2030 from the Paris Agreement, is a profound step forward.
General Motors is committed
Years ago Charles Wilson, President of General Motors and Eisenhower’s candidate for Secretary of Defense, said, “What is good for the country is good for General Motors and vice versa.” Democrats on committee focused on the opposite of the statement, but in the modern case it may actually be either way.
The GMC Hummer EV will be one of the first new GM EVs
When GM first announced its intention to switch to electric vehicles and introduced its vision of Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion, I was skeptical. After all, this is the company that made its living from gas-guzzling pickups and Chevy Tahoes and promoted Corvettes and Camaros. But they presented the worthy Bolt EV and previously looked at the plug-in hybrid Volt with green technology.
With Tesla in the rear-view mirror (or now maybe seen through the windshield!) One of America’s “big three” officially backed electric cars and did so announced their plan to have a 100% electric fleet by 2035. GM will introduce 30 new electric vehicles by 2025, including a new all-electric Hummer! They are developing a new flexible platform and the Ultium battery, which they will make themselves. And they’re putting $ 27 billion on the table for it. With their established for a long time Cross-country dealer network and factories in America are off to a good start.
Last night I saw a recording of GM President Mark Reuss speaking with Malcolm Gladwell at CES 2021 for GM Exhibit Zero. He said the right things and put GM’s plan for 30 electric vehicles by 2025 and everything else. GM’s managing director Mary Barra has also formulated the company’s plans quite openly.
Biden is making progress on climate change
President Joe Biden
In the meantime, America’s new president has come up with his plan, and that is what many of us have been waiting for. Immediately reinstating the US in the Paris Agreement and terminating the Keystone XL pipeline were signatures, but Biden’s Announcement of the move to a fully electric fleet was one Eye opener. This is in line with California’s 2035 goal of stopping selling new light-combustion engine vehicles by 2035. The Golden State has led the lower emissions charge for decades. It also fits well with GM’s plan.
Ford also plans and releases electric vehicles
Ford will invest more than $ 11.5 billion in electric vehicles through 2022. Emission-free versions of some of its most popular nameplates are on the way, including the Mustang Mach-E, available at dealerships this year, as well as a Transit Commercial Electric Vehicle and all-electric F-150 coming within 24 months.
The company had previously announced that it would use 100% locally renewable energy for all of its manufacturing facilities worldwide by 2035. This means that energy comes only from sources that fill up naturally – such as hydropower, geothermal energy, wind or sun.
Ford’s Mustang Mach-E is its first serious EV (by many)
However, as the maker of America’s favorite vehicle for more than four decades, the F-150 pickup, they can make a huge impact by tucking an electric motor under the tall hood. And to capitalize on the reputation of their most iconic vehicle, the Mustang, they just unveiled the all-new Mustang Mach-E, an all-electric four-door crossover that targets the Tesla Model Y (with a heavy dash of Mustang’s traditional styling and performance). If these two pillars of the Ford line of products move the sales needle, Ford will make an impact and begin introducing more electrified vehicles.
It’s easy to see the two surviving American automakers step in and write big orders for all of these US government electrified fleet vehicles and make those American factories humming with green tech jobs. Win-win is everywhere. Of course, this major transition won’t be easy or instant, but the overwhelming weight of the scientific evidence tells us we must do it now.
GM’s Ultium EV platform will be among its future cars
When Mark Reuss answered Malcolm Gladwell’s question: “Why now?” During the interview, he said it was because it was the right thing to do and he wanted a safe, healthy world for his three grandchildren. As a grandparent, I totally agree.
Courageous initiatives by corporations, states and national governments have proven effective in Europe and China, and now, under new leadership and in partnership with its automakers, the US is nearing the turning point for electric vehicles. I have more faith now that we can and will achieve this. By the middle of the next decade, everything will look the way it should, and once skeptical buyers will be drawn to the new, cleaner, and better technology. Right now, I’m doing everything I can to get us to the EV tipping point and beyond.
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Published on February 3, 2021 – 18:05 UTC