GM to introduce at least 20 new EVs by 2023; 2 in next 18 months; batteries and fuel cells; SURUS

02 October 2017

General Motors said it will introduce at least 20 new electric vehicles by 2023. In the next 18 months, GM will introduce two new all-electric vehicles based off learnings from the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Given customers’ various needs, getting to a zero emissions future will require more than just battery electric technology. It will require a two-pronged approach to electrification—battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric depending on the unique requirements.

General Motors believes in an all-electric future. Although that future won’t happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles through no-compromise solutions that meet our customers’ needs.

—Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain

GM also introduced SURUS—the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure—a fuel-cell-powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that’s driven by two electric motors. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance.

I think that the handwriting is on the wall. It will take a little time but the future is electric. I hope that one of the new vehicles that will be here shortly will be all wheel drive or at least have an all wheel drive option.

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How about one that's affordable like when the price drops below $20,000. Lad$20,000 would probably get you a Cruze sedan if you did not add too many options. An electric version would probably save you somewhere between $1000 and$1500 in fuel and maintenance costs (I assumed 0.25 KWhr/mile and $0.12/KWhr, 25 mpg and$2.50/gal with 12,000 mi/yr and less brake wear and oil change costs). So maybe you could pay $25,000 over 5 years and still come out ahead but under$20,000 would be nice and a clear win.

Anyway, if you consider that something like the LiS battery discussed below will be available in a few years with 3 times the energy density and fast charging at a reasonable cost, there will not be much reason for not going electric but it will still take a while to convert the infrastructure to support the electric vehicles.

The headline on NBC was GM making no more engine cars.
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