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General Motors is moving toward a ‘zero emissions’ electric fleet

By Matt Campbell

mcampbell@kcstar.com

October 03, 2017 03:26 PM

UPDATED October 03, 2017 03:57 PM

The future is electric, General Motors has decided.

America’s largest automaker will introduce two new all-electric vehicles within the next 18 months and plans to offer 20 electric models by 2023.

It is the way the company plans to achieve its ambitious “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion” policy, GM announced Monday in Detroit.

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, said in a statement Monday. “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.”

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The automaker said it will pursue battery electric cars as well as those that use hydrogen fuel cell electricity.

GM also introduced the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, or SURUS, a fuel-cell powered vehicle on a truck frame driven by two electric motors. The company said SURUS could be used as an emissions-free delivery vehicle.

GM currently produces one electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, but the company plans to phase out internal combustion engines.

NBC reports that GM’s direction is driven by expected government mandates. Several countries, including China, are considering or planning to require all electric vehicles in coming years.

The company did not announce specific plans for any of its assembly plants. The Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan., employs more than 2,000 people and produces the Chevrolet Malibu.

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Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC