Mary Barra: GM is committed to EVs even while backing review of fuel consumption rules
In a recent blog post, General Motors (GM) Chief Executive Mary Barra has reaffirmed that the automaker considers electrification to be a “priority,” even though it supports the revision of fuel consumption rules.
The reaffirmation by Barra in the blog post about GM’s ‘commitment to electric vehicle’ is apparently a reiteration of the automaker’s claims, over the last year, that “electric is the future.” The reaffirmation has come in the wake of the review of fuel consumption rules by the Trump administration.
With automaker lobbying group supporting the administration’s efforts to relax fuel consumption standards which would compel them to increase the production of more electric vehicles (EVs), GM is officially backing the effort via its participation in the lobbying group.
About GM’s commitment to EVs on one side and its support for the review of the fuel consumption rules on the other hand, Barra has said in the blog post that the automaker’s goals for the review are mainly focused on having higher credits for self-driving and ride-sharing fleets.
Asserting that GM is backing the revision of rules in order to support “improving fuel economy,” Barra said in the blog post that the automaker has “an absolute and unwavering commitment to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and invest in technologies to drive an all-electric future.”
Chinese EV manufacturer BYD has recently announced that it is opening a new battery factory in the Qinghai province in western China.
At the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California this week, Curtiss Motorcycles unveiled its powerful new dual motor Zeus electric motorcycle concept to the public for the first time.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in a recent Twitter post that the company decided against the addition of eye-tracking sensors to the Autopilot hardware suite because it found the technology to be ineffective.
South America is still lagging behind in adoption of electric vehicles. Chinese companies are already approaching public transport authorities across the world to offer their electric and hybrid urban mobility solutions.
At the 2018 Beijing Auto Show last week, Chinese manufacturer BYD unveiled its all-electric E-SEED concept SUV. The unveiling of the E-SEED concept came in addition to the company’s introduction of its new Tang plug-in hybrid at the auto show.
US electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors is planning a massive push in China, to benefit from the changes announced by the Chinese authorities with regard to electric vehicles.