GM has become the latest company to commit to an all-electric light-duty lineup by 2035, with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2040.
Automakers around the globe are embracing electric vehicle (EV) technology, with everyone from Subaru to Bentley committing to phasing out fossil fuels. In the US, President Biden’s action to rejoin the Paris Agreement is placing a renewed emphasis on combating climate change. In addition, President Biden has committed to replacing the entire federal vehicle fleet with American-made EVs.
Given the groundswell of support, it’s not surprising GM has now become the latest automaker to embrace EVs, vowing to sell only emissions-free, light-duty EVs by 2035.
“General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”
The company has also committed to becoming carbon neutral in both its products and operations by 2040.
“With this extraordinary step forward, GM is making it crystal clear that taking action to eliminate pollution from all new light-duty vehicles by 2035 is an essential element of any automaker’s business plan,” said Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp. “EDF and GM have had some important differences in the past, but this is a new day in America — one where serious collaboration to achieve transportation electrification, science-based climate progress and equitably shared economic opportunity can move our nation forward.”