GM To Build At Least 20 New EV Models By 2023

GM is charging up, announcing plans to add at least 20 new EVs by 2023 and unveiling a fuel-cell truck.

The announcement came today from General Motors VP of Product Development Mark Reuss.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Reuss Said. “Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.”.

It’s not an overnight plan, but it’s not all that far off either. It will start with two new EVs introduced in the next 18 months. Those will be based off of what GM has learned from the Bolt EV, and are likely to share a platform and battery technology.

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Following those two, at least 18 more EVs will launch by 2023. GM has already said that it expects to launch 10 electrified vehicles in China by 2020. The 10 for 2020 included plug-hybrids like the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in and the Buick Velite 5 range-extended EV, but some of those ten China-only models will likely be among the 20 EVs that are part of this latest announcement.

Fuel Cells Too

GM also used the update to introduce a new fuel-cell platform. The SURUS, which stands for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, is a new fuel-cell powered heavy-duty truck frame.

Powered by two electric motors, the platform could be used for delivery vehicles, ambulances, or anything else truck based. It could even function as a remote generating station. Using a hydrogen fuel cell would make the vehicle emissions free. At least at the tailpipe.

GM has been working with Honda since 2013 on hydrogen fuel cell development. While the General has yet to bring a production model out of that partnership, Honda released the second-generation fuel-cell powered Clarity last year. The two are currently the largest patent holders for fuel cell vehicle technology.

GM said that a combination of battery electric and hydrogen would be required to get to a zero-emissions future.


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