GM’s fu­ture is green

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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.

Urban mo­bil­ity

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.

Car­bon re­duc­tion

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.

Re­new­able en­ergy

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.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing

GM is on track to meet all of its 2020 global man­u­fac­tur­ing com­mit­ments.

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