GM CEO Mary Barra says the automaker is in place to guide the electrical revolution.

However contemplating GM’s previous (and current) anti-EV efforts, can we belief that’s the route they’re heading and with applicable pace?

For the previous few years, GM has claimed to be “all-in” in electrical automobiles.

In a brand new submit on LinkedIn titled “Basic Motors has what it takes to place everybody in an EV,” CEO Mary Barra made the argument that GM goes to guide the EV revolution with its Ultium electrical platform:

“Ultium, our extremely versatile world EV platform is a recreation changer in driving down prices, growing vary and opening the design potential. It’s additionally a differentiating expertise platform that’s bringing different firms to our doorstep. EVs – and the expertise we’re engineering to create them – are key to the expansion trajectory at GM. I consider with all of the property we have now, we’ll win. And we’ll create a extra sustainable world for future generations.”

Clearly this comes on the again of Tesla’s Battery Day expertise reveal because the “upstart” already outproduces GM’s EVs by an order of magnitude.

The CEO referenced its just lately introduced plans for electrical automobile factories, like “Factory Zero” and its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant.

You possibly can learn Barra’s full post here.

Electrek’s Take

GM is at the moment doing a number of issues that I like within the electrical automobile area.

They’ve 12 different all-electric vehicle programs within the works, they’ve a number of new EV factories beneath growth, and so they have a partnership with LG Chem to construct batteries.

However GM has a bizarre historical past with electrical automobiles that makes it exhausting for me to belief them.

After all, there’s the notorious crushing of the EV1 properly documented in Chris Paine’s “Who Killed the Electrical Automotive” documentary, however there are additionally different issues that occurred extra just lately.

My greatest grievance with GM is the siding with the Trump administration on fighting California setting its own emission standards, which was a transparent anti-EV transfer — despite the fact that they in some way tried to promote it as a pro-EV one.

This rubbed me the fallacious method, and I do know it did the identical for many individuals in EV neighborhood.

Partnering with Nikola, which has confirmed itself to be mendacity and deceiving to the general public, additionally hasn’t helped.

However I can forgive.

VW screwed up unhealthy with Dieselgate, and I feel that getting caught gave them the kick within the butt they wanted to take electrification significantly.

I can overlook GM’s previous if they really are taking EV significantly now like Barra is claiming, however they will have much more work to do tp achieve my belief once more.

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