ALL ABOUT GM’S ZERO STRATEGY
GM has always been a front-runner when it comes to developing innovative safety and efficiency technologies, and now the American automaker is announcing an ambitious plan to reduce to zero the number of collisions in its vehicles, the emissions that come out of its vehicles, and urban congestion.
Announced earlier this month, GM’s “Zero collision Zero emissions Zero congestion” plan is as ambitious as they come, but also proves that General Motors has not only the well-being of its customers in mind, but that of every other vehicle on the road. It will all start with an aggressive EV strategy.
GM will introduce 20 new electric vehicles by 2023
GM is planning on going all-in on EV technology in the next few years. Already a pioneer when it comes to providing affordable long-range EV vehicles to the market with the Chevrolet Bolt, GM is now planning to push that strategy even further.
“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “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.”
Over the next five years, GM will introduce no less than 20 all-electric vehicles to the market. The first two models will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt and should arrive over the next 18 months. These new EV vehicles will use both traditional electric engines as well as fuel-cell hydrogen-powered electric engines.
GM also took advantage of the occasion to introduce the SURUS concept, also known as Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure. The prototype is powered by a fuel cell and features four-wheel steering. It is built on a heavy-duty truck frame and its power comes from two electric motors. According to GM, SURUS could be used a delivery vehicle, a truck or perhaps even an ambulance.
More safety innovation
The zero collision goal should come by way of even more advanced safety technologies from the automaker that invented the crash-test dummy. Although GM did not elaborate on how it plans to reduce collisions down to zero, we should expect to see a host of new driver assistance technologies hit the market in the next few years.