General Motors Going All-In on Renewability

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The company hopes to be carbon neutral in 20 years.

Automaker General Motors has been pushing for greater renewability and sustainability in their products over the last few years. Several months ago, GM announced their intentions to offer a line of 30 different all-electric cars by the year 2025, and that at least 40% of all cars they produce would be electric within that same timeframe. Today, GM offered a glimpse of their plans past that point, and they’re quite ambitious.

According to GM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, by the year 2035, the company hopes to be producing electric-only cars exclusively, with all combustion engine models completely retired. Additionally, GM is hoping to achieve complete carbon neutrality in all of its facilities in every country around the same time.

This pledge follows an announcement made on Wednesday that GM is developing new hydrogen fuel cell technology for use in heavy freighter trucks in a partnership with Navistar International Corp. “General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” Barra said in a statement. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”

“We feel this will be the successful business model of the future,” GM’s environmental chief Dane Parker said about the company’s renewable energy pursuits at a virtual conference on Thursday. “We feel we will be able to overcome obstacles (and) be able to thrive in the future.”

Besides powering their vehicles, GM is also researching alternative energy options for powering their factories and assembly lines. The company hopes to have its US factory powered by solar or wind power by 2035, with factories in other countries to follow suit by 2040. In locations where solar or wind power won’t work, they are researching alternatives such as hydrogen power or carbon capture.

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