GM moves towards an electrified future - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  June 12, 2018

GM moves towards an electrified future

General Motor’s 2017 Sustainability Report, released on June 12, highlights the company’s progress toward its visions of "a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion."

"We are in the midst of a transportation revolution as groundbreaking technologies and evolving customer lifestyles transform our vehicles and how we use them," said General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in a statement. "We have the right team, technology, partners, manufacturing scale and mindset to lead this revolution."

Among the highlights from the report:

  • Delivering an electrified future — With at least 20 new, all-electric models launching globally by 2023, General Motors is working to deliver on its vision of an all-electric, emissions-free future. Bolt EV production will increase this year, while the company continues to partner with utilities, communities, governments, and others to accelerate the charging infrastructure while working to increase consumer acceptance.
  • Furthering fuel efficiency — As General Motors moves closer to an all-electric portfolio, near-term improvements across traditional vehicles continue, including the company’s efficient fundamentals strategy with advances in engine and transmission efficiency, aerodynamics, vehicle lightweighting and other technologies to reduce fuel use and cost.
  • Advancing autonomous driving —General Motors is the first automaker to use mass-production methods for autonomous vehicles (AV) and is the only company to produce self-driving vehicles at scale. Marking a significant milestone, the company announced that production versions of the Cruise AV will be built at General Motors’ Orion Assembly plant in Michigan, with commercialization in 2019.
  • Accelerating and scaling renewable energy —Progress continues on General Motors’ pledge to source 100 percent renewable energy for its electricity needs globally by 2050. The company uses 371 megawatts of energy from renewable sources now, and by the end of 2018 renewable energy will power 20% of the company’s global electricity use.
  • Responsible Manufacturing — Since 2010, General Motors has reduced the energy intensity of its operations by 15 percent, generating $135 million in cost savings. The company surpassed its 2020 goal to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations by 20% three years early.


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