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GM announces serious electric car plan: 2 new EVs within 18 months, 20 within 5 years

While GM has often talked about believing in the electric future, the American automaker had yet to announce specific goals when it comes to its electric car lineup after the Chevy Bolt EV.

Today, GM updated those plans with a more serious commitment to electric vehicles.

The automaker confirmed today that they will introduce two new all-electric vehicles “based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV” within the next 18 months.

Furthermore, those two cars will be the first of “at least 20 new all-electric vehicles that will launch by 2023,” said the company in a press release today.

Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, commented:

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future. 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.”

While GM is making this commitment to battery-powered vehicles today and released the teaser seen above, the company also announced a new fuel cell hydrogen platform as GM, like several other automakers, refuses to give up on the technology.

Electrek’s Take

GM executives have been saying for a while now that the Bolt EV was just the beginning and that the automaker planned other all-electric vehicles based on the platform.

They are still only plans, but it’s a more concrete EV commitment from GM than we have ever seen in the past.

The American automaker had made the commitment in China already – thanks to their aggressive ZEV mandate, but they seemed to be more cautious in their home country – especially since Bolt EV sales have been fairly slow to ramp up.

The Bolt EV was announced as “the first affordable mass-market EV”, but with only ~2,000 units sold per month in the US, the stats don’t really live up to the claim.

Regardless, the Bolt EV has been well-received by owners and the industry in general. Therefore, it should serve as a good basis for GM to launch other EVs.

Hopefully, they can achieve higher production volumes and lower the prices with new models in order to offer truly “mass-market” vehicles.

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