ECBC Partner Spotlight: General Motors

ECBC Partner Spotlight

GM plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targets to achieve carbon neutrality. Source: GM Corporate Newsroom

General Motors Aspires to Eliminate Tailpipe Emissions from New Light-Duty Vehicles by 2035

GM, an Electrification Coalition Business Council (ECBC) partner, announced on Jan. 28 that it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040. The company has developed a vision for an all-electric future and aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.

“It’s exciting to see one of the world’s largest automakers set such robust goals,” Electrification Coalition National Director Ben Prochazka said. “Meeting them will require a lot of hard work, but the benefits for public health, the U.S. economy and national security would be tremendous.”

GM’s focus will be offering zero-emissions vehicles across a range of price points and working with all stakeholders to build out the necessary charging infrastructure and promote consumer acceptance while maintaining high quality jobs. The EC looks forward to working with GM and other ECBC partners in pursuit of the policies and actions required to effect the transition.

“At GM we are well on our way to an all-electric future: We recently announced a $27 billion investment in our EV programs that will support the introduction of 30 new electric vehicles by 2025,” said Robert F. Babik, Executive Director, Global Regulatory Affairs at General Motors. “But we also know it will take a combination of continued leadership, industry collaboration, and supportive public policy to get us there. The Electrification Coalition has been a vocal and effective voice for accelerating transportation electrification. GM looks forward to partnering with the EC’s new Business Council to amplify the benefits of EVs for consumers and society alike, while identifying and advocating for consensus public policies—such as infrastructure support and consumer incentives—that will make an all-electric future possible.”

GM shared that in the coming years, it plans to offer an EV for every customer, from crossovers and SUVs to trucks and sedans. Just prior to the arrival of the pandemic, GM hosted the EC at its Global Technical Center to view prototypes, new design features, a new vehicle platform and models under development. “This announcement by General Motors is further proof that the future is electric,” Prochazka said. “This kind of leadership is exactly what we need to see from the automotive industry right now. We need more EV models, more EV marketing and deeper engagement on a suite of policies to fully electrify the way we move.”

Amy Malaki

Amy Malaki is the Director of Partnerships and Policy at SkyNRG and SkyNRG Americas, pioneering global leaders in sustainable aviation fuel production and supply. Prior to SkyNRG, Amy was the Associate Director for the transportation portfolio at the ClimateWorks Foundation where she developed philanthropic investment strategies to advance a sustainable, equitable and low-carbon mobility system. She also pioneered the organization’s international aviation decarbonization strategy. Prior to that she focused on Asia business development at Better Place, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle network startup. She has a B.A. in Chinese and China studies from the University of Washington and an M.A. in international policy studies (energy and environment) from Stanford University.