General Motors, after a long and prosperous relationship with internal combustion engines, has decided to sever its ties. Although the official date at which GM will stop production of fuel-burning vehicles is not yet confirmed, by 2018 two new electric models will be available, with 18 more expected to be delivered by the end of 2023.
Despite the fact that car manufacturers Mercedez-Benz, Audi, BMW, SMART and Volvo as well as India, China, several European countries and US states were earlier to commit, GM’s decision still holds significant weight due to its high production volumes of air polluting vehicles.
“General Motors believes the future is all-electric,” says Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product. “We are far along in our plan to lead the way to that future world”.
This news struck just after Tesla’s lacklustre production of 260 out of 1500 Tesla Model 3’s promised in September. Tesla could soon be facing fierce competition from GM and other car manufacturers as the EV industry becomes increasingly congested.
Image: GM’s 1996 EV1 was one of the first modern electric cars. By Claus Ableiter / CC-BY-SA 3.0
This story is taken from the 6 October 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.