General Motors announced today that the company plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions in all of its light duty vehicles by 2035. In other words, its mass-market lineup of cars, trucks, and SUVs will be completely electric in a little over a decade.
The same press release also includes the news that GM is working to be completely carbon neutral by 2040. GM says it can make that happen “by transitioning to battery electric vehicles or other zero-emissions vehicle technology, sourcing renewable energy, and leveraging minimal offsets or credits.”
Additionally, GM has signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, a consortium of businesses working to limit the negative effects of climate change.
“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.”
While this is certainly massive news, it’s not entirely surprising—GM has been clear that its future plans involve a lot of electrification. And that makes a lot of sense, considering how other markets (read: China) are accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. A logo change and some major reveals at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show preceded today’s announcement too.
So, while 2035 is still over a decade away, we’ll anxiously await those dozens of new all-electric GM vehicle models we’ll get in the meantime.