As the transportation and auto industry evolves, many manufacturers are working to remain competitive. In a dramatic move, General Motors recently revealed its plans to shift into all-electric cars by 2023. Over the years they will launch at least 20 cars, both battery-electric and fuel-cell-electric vehicles.
“General Motors believes the future is all electric,” said Mark Reuss, Executive Vice President of Global Product Development for GM. “These aren’t just the words of a press release.”
Indeed, GM has been working on zero-emission and self-driving cars for a number of years, including its Chevy Bolt EV, its Maven brand and the acquisition of Cruise Automation. According to Reuss, GM will be releasing two more all-electric cars to follow the Bolt by 2018.
General Motors has also announced a new battery design which is aimed at providing additional design flexibility to car and truck manufacturers, adding that “getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery-electric technology.” As such, the company is launching a new vehicle platform called SURUS, which stands for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. The new platform will be powered by fuel-cell and dual electric motors.
“With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance- all emissions free,” GM said.