GM has a goal, no matter what it’s clients think.
While some people buy electric vehicles (EVs), the number isn’t large. Tesla sold several hundred thousand electric vehicles in the U.S. last year, along with some in Europe and Asia. GM sold 2.55 million vehicles in the United States last year, but only about 20,000 were EVs.
GM Chief Executive Mary Barra has aggressively pushed the automaker internally to embrace electric vehicles and shift away from gasoline-powered vehicles. She said in a statement the automaker had worked with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), an environmental advocacy group, to “develop a shared vision of an all-electric future and an aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035”.
GM’s move dovetails with plans by the state of California to limit new car sales after 2034 to EVs.
This is reminiscent of something. There was that healthcare “thing” years ago where someone said, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” This sort of feels like, “If you like your car, you can keep your car.” The words sound nice, but do you trust them?