The writing has been on the wall for some time now regarding the end of vehicles being sold with an internal combustion engine. Today, a new post by GM’s Chairman and CEO Mary Barra on Linkedin says that General Motors intends to end production of all gas and diesel-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs by 2035 to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2040.
GM has pledged to use 100% renewable energy to power its US-based facilities by 2030 and global facilities by 2035. Barra also reiterated the company plans to introduce 30 new electric vehicles by 2025 with plans to spend $27 billion to make it happen.
“For General Motors, our most significant carbon impact comes from tailpipe emissions of the vehicles that we sell — in our case, it’s 75 percent,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a message on LinkedIn. “That is why it is so important that we accelerate toward a future in which every vehicle we sell is a zero-emissions vehicle.”
At the end of August 2020, we learned that the Corvette Engineering team was being shifted to Autonomous and Electric vehicles as part of GM’s focusing its efforts on creating a line of battery-powered electric vehicles. Rumors of a hybrid Corvette have also been circulating for the last year as well with many believing we see it during the 2023 model year.
How long the C8 Corvettes are going to around is anyone’s guess at this time, but it looks more and more like the C9 Corvette will be fully electric if its to be sold at all. And with pronouncements like the one from Mary Barra today, it will have to be, or it will die as a relic of its past glory.
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