General Motors Co. in Detroit released its 12th Annual Sustainability Reportwhich details the automaker’s progress in expanding access to electric vehicles and electrification beyond the personal vehicle.
In early 2021, GM set a goal to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040, and to work towards a transition to 100% zero tailpipe emissions for new light-duty vehicles. here 2035.
The automaker says it continues to accelerate its transition to an all-electric future, planning to reach more than one million units of EV capacity in North America and China by 2025. By the end of 2021, he took an important step towards achieving these goals by opening Factory ZERO, located in Detroit and Hamtramck, the automaker’s first plant entirely dedicated to the assembly of electric vehicles.
Additionally, in January, GM announced a $7 billion investment in four Michigan manufacturing sites that is expected to create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 jobs, while significantly expanding battery cell manufacturing capacity and electric trucks.
Additional sites in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, are also converting to EV-related manufacturing with support from GM’s recent $35 billion investment in vehicles. electric and autonomous until 2025. GM is also investing nearly $750. million through 2025 to expand charging opportunities for homes, workplaces and public spaces.
“General Motors embraces our opportunity and our responsibility to create a better world for today and for generations to come,” said Mary Barra, GM President and CEO. “Our global teams are working with great speed and integrity to make our vision of a zero-emissions, all-electric future an inclusive and accessible reality for everyone.”
At the heart of GM’s EV strategy is the Ultium battery platform, which will electrify everything from mass-market to high-performance vehicles and is expected to be a game-changer by reducing costs, increasing range and unleashing the design potential.
The company recently launched Ultium Charge 360, a holistic charging approach that integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM electric vehicle owners.
GM announced in June 2021 that it would prioritize equitable climate action to ensure its all-electric future is inclusive for its current and future workforce, customers and communities that climate change could impact. disproportionate. The company’s focus on equitable climate action is rooted in four key areas, and GM’s 2021 Sustainability Report demonstrates a connection to each:
- The future of work: The company has reinforced the prioritization of its current salaried and represented workforce. This includes reiterating its long history of supporting unions to promote safety, quality, training and jobs for American workers. GM also publicly reiterated its support for UAW efforts to organize employees at the Ohio and Tennessee Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing plants.
- EV access: The company will offer a wide selection of electric vehicles in a range of price points, from the Chevrolet Bolt EV to the Cruise Origin shared autonomous vehicle. GM also recently announced programs leveraging its HYDROTEC fuel cells for rail and aerospace applications, which could help communities realize the benefits of zero-emission mobility beyond the motor vehicle.
- Infrastructure equity: GM is committed to providing ubiquitous charging solutions that can help meet customers where they are. The company also understands the need to help address charging deserts and other scenarios that can hinder electric vehicle ownership.
- Climate equity: GM has launched its $50 million Climate Equity Fund. Since its launch, the fund has supported 30 nonprofit organizations working to close the climate equity gap at the community level.
GM also launched BrightDrop, which offers a portfolio of all-electric first-to-last-mile products, software and services, including electric delivery vans and electric carts, to enable delivery and logistics companies to move goods faster. effectively.
BrightDrop solutions, which are already on the road delivering with customers, are designed to help businesses reduce costs, maximize productivity, improve employee and freight safety, and support development efforts. sustainable.
GM publishes its annual data in accordance with several reporting frameworks, including the Global Reporting Initiative, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals United.
The 2021 sustainability report can be viewed and downloaded at GMsustainability.com.