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Image: AFP / Bill Pugliano

Detroit - It’s one announcement after the next with General Motors. The automaker seems to be making big moves all around. With a major focus now being put towards electrification, GM has plans to introduce about 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023.

The first two of these vehicles will be launched within the next 18 months. It will be based on the experience and information gathered from the Bolt’s exposure.  

The executive vice president of Product Development at GM, Mark Reuss, has previously said that the company believes in an all-electric future. Even though it’s going to take some time, they are committed to promoting increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles, while meeting consumer needs as well.

Aside from the Bolt, GM also produces the Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrids. Production of the Chevrolet Spark EV and Cadillac ELR has been ceased.

The Chevrolet Bolt, also sold as the Opel Ampera-e out of North America, is said to be one of the best electric vehicle offerings on the European market today. Demand for this car has been so incredible, specifically in Norway, that Opel has told its dealers to stop accepting orders. One of its factories took an extended summer break which has led to a delay in production. 

GM, among many other automakers, envisions a future with zero emissions, zero collisions, and zero traffic congestion. Battery electric vehicles serve this vision, while GM are also pursuing fuel cell technology. GM has previously announced its joint venture with Honda to produce next-generation fuel cell systems for future cars. 

Dipping its toes into another pond, GM has also been working on a four-wheel-steer fuel cell concept called SURUS - Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. It makes use of two electric motors on a heavy-duty truck frame. “Its architecture paves the way for future fuel cell trucks, delivery vehicles, and ambulances," says GM.


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