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GM Sets Goal of Producing Mostly Electric Cars By 2035

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A view of a Chevrolet dealership on July 25, 2018, in Colma, Calif. General Motors plans to phase out the manufacturing of gasoline cars and trucks by 2035.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

General Motors plans to phase out the manufacturing of new gasoline-powered cars, small trucks and SUVs, the company said Thursday.

GM’s goal is to make the vast majority of the vehicles it produces electric by the year 2035. It aims to make the entire company, including its operations, carbon neutral five years after that.

Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a LinkedIn post that the company’s “aspiration” is to eliminate all of its tailpipe pollution.

The announcement comes a few months after California banned the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by the same year, 2035, in a bid to encourage automakers to produce more electric cars.

“California’s announcement, as well as other states in the U.S. and other countries, reinforces the commitment that exists for policymakers to do the things that will be necessary to enable this transition,” said Dane Parker, GM’s chief sustainability officer, in an early Thursday morning call with reporters. “And that commitment certainly is an important part of our enthusiasm for being able to make the statements that we’re making today.”


GM, the largest carmaker in the U.S., is an early auto industry major player in following California’s example. Japan and the United Kingdom have made similar pledges, with the U.K.’s predating California.  

The changes are a major shift for the company that a short time ago sided with the Trump administration in its clash with California over pollution standards.

GM abandoned that battle in November, and the Detroit automaker’s push into electric vehicles has gone into overdrive this year.

GM has already announced that it will invest $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles in the next five years, a 35% increase over plans made before the pandemic. It will offer 30 all-electric models worldwide by the middle of the decade. By the end of 2025, 40% of its U.S. models will be battery electric vehicles. The company plans to include crossovers, SUVs, sedans and trucks in its electric vehicle lineup.

GM said Thursday that it will source 100% renewable energy to power its U.S. sites by 2030 and global sites by 2035. That’s five years faster than its previously announced global goal.

And it has a goal of making all new light-duty vehicles, the vast majority of its fleet, fully electric within 14 years. The company will concentrate on offering zero-emissions vehicles in different price ranges. It’s also working with other organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund, to build out the necessary infrastructure to power its electric vehicles and to promote their use.

To account for carbon emissions that it cannot eliminate, GM expects to invest in carbon credits or offsets

The 112-year-old auto giant unveiled a new corporate logo this month to signify its new direction as it openly pivots to electric vehicles. It wants to be seen as a clean vehicle company, rather than a builder of cloud-spewing gas-powered pickups and SUVs.

GM scrapped its old square blue logo for a lower case gm surrounded by rounded corners and an “m” that looks like an electrical plug.

It also announced a new partnership with Microsoft this month with hopes of accelerating its rollout of electric, self-driving cars.

GM’s push for carbon neutrality comes a day after President Biden signed executive orders that include moving to an all-electric federal vehicle fleet. His goal is to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one.

So far, Wall Street has cheered the shift by GM. Its shares this year have outpaced even high-flying Tesla, rising more than 20% to date. Shares rose almost 2% on Thursday.

Michelle Chapman from the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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