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【Summary】General Motors announced a new strategy for zero-emissions vehicles that will see the automaker put two new electric vehicles onto the road by 2019.

Original Vineeth Joel Patel    Oct 15, 2017 9:40 AM PT
Watch Out Tesla, GM Looks to Introduce two EVs by 2019

Numerous automakers have announced plans to make the switch to selling nothing but electrified vehicles in the near future. Volvo was one of the first automakers to officially announce that gasoline-only powered machines would no longer be made after 2019. Since then, various automakers have made similar announcements and General Motors is the latest to enter into the fray. 

GM Places Its Bets On Electricity

Earlier this month, GM announced its plans to on how it wants to create a world where there's no traffic, zero automotive related accidents, and vehicles don't make any produce emissions. "General Motors believes in an all-electric future," said Mark Reuss, General Motors 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 acceptable of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers' needs." 

How does GM plan to reach its goals? Well, the first phase of change will see the automaker introduce two new all-electric cars by 2019. Those vehicles, as GM CEO Mary Barra alluded to earlier this February, would probably utilize the Chevrolet Bolt's architecture, allowing the automaker to keep costs down, while making EVs that have useable range. 

According to a report by The Verge, Reuss confirmed that the automaker would use everything it's learned from developing the Bolt to create the next set of EVs. "Whatever we do, from an electrification stand point, the next version will be better than the version we have on the road," said Reuss at a press conference. "That vision involves everything that we've learned from the Bolt, but the architecture piece of this continues to evolve." 

Two Now, 20 Later

Two EVs are just the beginning, though, as the automaker has plans to develop approximately 20 all-electric cars and put them on the road by 2023. While not as difficult or bold as Volvo's plans, GM still has its hands full trying to meet its goals. But the automaker has something else up its sleeve to produce vehicles that don't produce any emissions. 

In addition to announcing plans that will see 20 new EVs being made, GM also revealed that it has been working on a fuel-cell platform called SURUS, which stands for the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. The concept vehicle has four-wheel steer, two electric motors, and is based on a heavy-duty truck frame.  The idea behind the concept is to have a flexible vehicle that can be used as a delivery truck, an ambulance, or for commercial use. 

When compared to similar announcements that GM's competitors have made, the goals look unordinary. Mercedes-Benz aims to have electrified variants of all of its models by 2022, while Volkswagen has a similar goal to electrify all 300 of its global models by 2030. Developing 20 EVs by 2023, then, isn't exactly revolutionary, but it's definitely noteworthy. 

via: The Verge, Tech Crunch

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