That multibillion-dollar strategy could enable GM, Ford Motor Co and at least two EV startups to build and deliver more electric vehicles at a time when consumer demand for battery-powered models is still a small fraction of overall industry sales, while targeting a potentially lucrative market segment that Tesla Inc has yet to address.
GM’s plan to develop an electric van has not previously been reported. The No. 1 U.S. automaker did not confirm the van, but has said it plans to introduce at least 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, in a variety of body styles including sedans, trucks and crossovers.
Last week, a trade group representing General Motors Co, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Toyota Motor Corp and others sided with the Trump administration on its plan and opposed a legal challenge to further weaken the requirements.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said the revised requirements “will increase costs to consumers and allow the emission of dangerous pollutants that directly threaten the health of our communities.”
New York City, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are joining the challenge by California, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada and 17 other states.
Separately, 12 environmental groups including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists also sued over the rules…
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV was scheduled to be revealed May 20, but a worldwide public health emergency intervened. So General Motors did the next best thing they could think of. They teased a simulated image of a Hummer EV with the roof panels removed under a dark night sky.
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The zero-emissions, zero-limits GMC HUMMER EV features easily removable roof panels to provide a unique open-air experience. Stay tuned here for more news about our all-electric super truck in the coming months.
A computer-simulated video of the 2022 Hummer EV pickup reveals that the four roof panels of the GMC can be removed for a fully open-air experience.
Sans ceiling, the Hummer continues its theme of “zero limits” – which also references the electric vehicle’s zero-emissions and off-road capabilities. GM has resuscitated the legendary military-inspired Hummer badge as an EV as the company moves towards an all-electric future. The Hummer EV was first teased in a Super Bowl ad this year starring LeBron James.
This green tariff agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority is expected to supply up to 100 megawatts of solar energy per year, or the amount of electricity consumed by 18,000 United States households annually. The energy will be supplied by a solar farm in Lowndes County, Mississippi, currently under development by Origis Energy.
“We haven’t changed our plans at all, and we’re continuing to be full speed ahead on executing what you saw here on EV Day,” said Ken Morris, GM’s VP for autonomous and electric vehicle programs, in a Tuesday afternoon call with media. “I can affirm for you that we have not cut any of our spending or activities around the Ultium propulsion system vehicles like the Cadillac Lyriq and Hummer EV.”
And, Morris teased, it’s even fast-tracked one that it didn’t show that day, in a closed, no-cameras glimpse of 10 future EV products for the press, dealers, and analysts…
General Motors outperformed all expectations in the first quarter of 2020, posting $300 million in income on $32.7 billion in revenue. The results were discussed during the recent GM Q1 2020 earnings call, during which GM CEO Mary Barra discussed a number of things – including the company’s commitment to future GM EVs.
During the call, Credit Suisse analyst Dan Levy asked Barra about upcoming GM EVs, noting that the current environment of low gas prices and relaxed emissions regulations could make the case for pulling back on electric vehicle investment. However, Barra’s response indicated that it’s full speed ahead when it comes to electric vehicles.
“Our commitment is unwavering,” Barra responded. “We think it’s the right path forward and we think with the Ultium battery platform that we have, the partnership we have with Honda, the strength we have from China where EVs and new energy vehicles are a key part of being successful in that market, positions us extremely well to have a leadership position in EVs with a full range of EV vehicles.” …
Say hello to G.M.’s 1,000-horsepower electric Hummer, that onetime green scourge, now rehabilitated to pass muster at any Silicon Valley cocktail party. Behold the beefy pickup trucks from Ford and Chevrolet, as well as upstarts like Rivian and Bollinger. Elon Musk at Tesla couldn’t resist upstaging rivals with the concept Cybertruck, a truck so Mad Max-macho that it makes a Hummer seem discreet.
Beyond the pickup realm, new electric models from Tesla, Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Cadillac share a common trait: They’re all luxury S.U.V.s, with rich accommodations, potent acceleration and generous space for families.
GM submitted three trademark applications to government offices here and in Canada, as discovered by GM Authority. Two applications went to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on February 4 this year, seeking to reserve the new Hummer logo, at the top in the image above. Note, the two logos aren’t to scale; they’re about the same size all things being equal, but we shrunk the old mark. GM sent a second application to the USPTO on February 7 requesting the brand name “Hummer” for application to “motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, trucks and sport utility vehicles; bicycles.” True, we’ve seen the new Hummer script stretched across the front of the coming electric pickup in a teaser clip, but the paperwork continues the process of getting the entire continent ready for the alternate universe resurrection of one of America’s most notorious brands. »