Say Goodbye to Combustion Engines

by Caylen Mayer

 

For several years, General Motors has said that they see a future where their cars will have zero emissions. The company released a statement in January, and it now seems as if that future is closer than we thought.  

General Motors has announced that by 2035 they will no longer offer vehicles with the traditional combustion engine; instead, they will be exclusively electric. The company has already made plans to convert three of their factories to the exclusive manufacturing of electric vehicles. GM says that they are hoping to have their U.S. factories 100% powered by renewable energy by 2030, and that by 2040, they hope to be completely carbon neutral.

Due to the current limited selection when it comes to electric options, the company also has plans to release 30 new electric vehicles by 2025. They have started this process by introducing the new 2022 Hummer EV, the revamped Chevy Bolt, and the upcoming Cadillac Celestiq. They stated that most of (if not all) Cadillac cars and SUVs will be electric by 2030. 

The current market for electric vehicles is rather small, due to a number of reasons. One of the major problems with electric vehicles is that they tend to be more expensive to manufacture and purchase than standard combustion engine vehicles. This is because of the high-power batteries and fuel cells needed to run them. There are lower priced options available, but the side effect of cheaper batteries is a decreased run time and a longer charge time, which is far less efficient. This decreased run time makes them suitable only for city driving, as the driver is less likely to have access to a charging station in a more rural area. Despite this setback, General Motors is certain that this is the future of the automotive industry, and as such, they are investing heavily in it.

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