GM’s future is green
GENERAL Motors last week launched its new sustainability report, which outlines the strategic technology investments the group is making to reshape the future of personal mobility.
Key words in the report are connectivity, car-sharing, alternative propulsion and autonomous vehicles, all based on a drive towards a future with safer, cleaner and more efficient mobility options for customers.
“We see tremendous potential in these technologies and the long-term benefits for our customers and communities around the world,” said GM chairperson and CEO Mary Barra.
While China’s BYD and America’s Tesla currently lead in electric buses and cars, Barra added the GM team are looking to take the lead to transform personal mobility.
The interactive report outlines strategic technology investments that are helping GM strengthen its core business and reshape the future of personal mobility. Here are some highlights.
The road to autonomous
GM is using its 20 years of OnStar connectivity expertise to enable advanced safety technologies and car-sharing. GM is paving the way for autonomous vehicles and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology. These efforts will help reduce congestion, crashes and pollution. The company is working with stakeholders to create the largest V-to-I enabled corridor in the U.S. It will also bring SuperCruise, the industry’s first semi-autonomous driver-assist technology, to market next year on the Cadillac CT6.
Earlier this year, the company launched its Maven car-sharing brand and invested $500 million in an alliance with rideshare provider Lyft. Chevrolet is also building the all-electric Bolt EV, which will offer a more than GM-estimated 320 km per charge.
Focus on fuel efficiency
GM is addressing climate change, in part, by continuing to provide fuel-efficient models across each vehicle segment given that 77% of the company’s carbon footprint comes from driving. GM’s electrified vehicles on the road increased nine percent to 196 861 vehicles.
Last year, Barra and 12 other automotive CEOs committed to the vision of decarbonising automotive transport and 435 dealers have joined the company’s Green Dealer programme.
The company is also pursuing ways to use more renewable energy. Two wind deals in Mexico and Texas will add 64 megawatts to its 106 megawatt portfolio, enabling GM to achieve its renewable energy target four years early.
GM is on track to meet all of its 2020 global manufacturing commitments.