General Motors has big plans for electrification over the next few years, and we’re not talking just hybrid technology. The automaker says it will introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023.
The first two EVs will be based off knowledge gained from the Bolt, GM announced today. These vehicles will launch within the next 18 months.
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, in a release. “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.”
GM has refined its electrified lineup over time. In addition to the Bolt, GM also currently offers the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrids. Other models like the Chevrolet Spark EV and Cadillac ELR have been axed.
GM envisions a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion. When it comes to emissions, battery electric vehicles are just part of the solution. Once again, GM reiterated that it’s pursuing fuel cell technology. Earlier this year, the automaker announced a joint venture with Honda to produce next-generation fuel cell systems for future vehicles. Production on the advanced fuel cell systems is expected to start around 2020.
Meanwhile, GM is testing the waters with a four-wheel-steer fuel cell concept called SURUS. Short for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, SURUS uses a heavy-duty truck frame and two electric motors. Its architecture paves the way for future fuel cell trucks, delivery vehicles, and ambulances.