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Auto Business Isn’t Sustainable in Current Form, Warns GM Report

Maker calls for expanded focus on sustainability, connectivity.

by on May.20, 2014

The Cadillac ELR is the latest in the line-up of GM's electrified offerings.

The automobile industry is unsustainable in its current form, according to the latest version of General Motors’ corporate environmental and sustainability report.

GM – and its competitors – will need to make significant changes in the coming years to just about every aspect of the business, from the technology used to power vehicles to the high-tech gear that will keep motors connected. But even the basic manufacturing process will have to be transformed, the report stressed, with environmental issues at the forefront.

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“People care about more than the cars,” said GM CEO Mary Barra in the report’s covering letter. “They care how we build them, and how we engage with the world around us. This knowledge, and the discipline that flows from it, is transforming our approach to product design, manufacturing, safety, quality, the environment, customer care and a host of other areas at a remarkable pace,” Barra said.


GM Plans to Have 500,000 “Electrified” Vehicles on Road by 2017

Emphasis is on plug-ins, though hybrids also included in the mix.

by on Nov.15, 2012

General Motors will put its next plug-in hybrid, the Cadillac ELR, into production in 2013.

General Motors expects to have as many as 500,000 “electrified” vehicles on the road by 2017, says the maker’s global product czar. That will include conventional hybrids, according to Senior Vice President Mary Barra, though the emphasis will be on plug-based models.

The automaker is steadily ramping up sales of various battery based vehicles, though demand has risen at a slower-than-expected pace for its Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. Meanwhile, GM is expected to formally unveil its first pure battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, in more than a dozen years at the upcoming LA Auto Show.

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“Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward,” said Barra during a presentation of GM’s battery-electric strategy. While some of the new products under development will help GM meet government mandates, she stressed, “we’re not building (them) to check a regulatory box.”


GM: Yes to E-REV and eAssist, No to Traditional Hybrids

Automaker wants to build 500,000 electrified vehicles by 2017.

by on Nov.15, 2012

General Motors expects to build 500,000 vehicles with some level of electrification in the next five years. Many of them will have GM's eAssist light electrification system.

Despite poor sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, GM says it is committed to building hundreds of thousands of electrified vehicles in the next five years.

Mary Barra, senior vice president of global product development for GM, said besides plug-in technology such as in the Volt, GM will also add its eAssist mild hybrid system to more models. In fact, by 2017, GM expects to have as many as 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification.

Electrifying Auto News!

“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute,” Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development told media attending the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco. “Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward.”