In a strong move toward sustainability, General Motors (GM) has committed $27 billion to closing the price gap between electric and gas-powered vehicles. Their goal is to develop widely affordable vehicles in order to move toward a zero-emissions future. GM intends to add 2,700 charging stations to their facilities in the United States, with a combined 3,500 in the US and Canada. GM’s Energy Assist feature allows drivers to locate more than 40,000 charging stations in North America. Although this feature is currently only available in the Chevrolet Bolt, General Motors has committed to developing thirty new models of electric cars by 2025. GM intends for these developments to create a swift transition to lower costs and an electric-powered future.
In their partnership with LG Chem, General Motors is rethinking fuel cells. “GM projects that second generation Ultium packs will cost nearly 60 percent less than [current batteries],” with a platform adaptable to both mass market and high performance needs. Both a rapid decrease in price and widespread increase in charging access depict a hopeful future for the environmentally concerned car buyer. Additional benefits for Americans include the creation of jobs, with GM’s Tennessee plant anticipating at least 2,200. An additional 1,100 jobs are expected at a new, 2.3-Billion-dollar plant where Ultium batteries will be produced in Lordstown, Ohio.
General Motors’ commitment to a zero-emissions future brings bright news at a tumultuous time. New jobs may aid those experiencing joblessness due to the pandemic. More electric charging stations and the development of 30 new models could be the answer for consumers who want a sustainable vehicle, but currently cannot afford it. With the project’s timeline of a mere five years, consumers and job-seekers alike may have something to look forward to soon.