General Motors said on Monday it will unveil two new battery-electric vehicles within the next 18 months, and will offer 20 electric and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles globally by 2023.
The news came in a conference call for reporters with Mark Reuss, GM’s executive vice president of global product development.
GM’s announcement follows similar commitments by other large global automakers, VW Group included, and the news that China is evaluating an end date for sales of new vehicles with combustion engines.
“it all starts with the Chevrolet Bolt EV,” Reuss said, the first electric car with more than 200 miles of range at a price under $40,000.
“GM believes the future is all electric,” Reuss said firmly, whether a vehicle is sold at retail or to fleets, whether it’s for commuting or towing.
But, he said, “we believe you need two flavors of electrification, battery-electric and fuel-cell electric,” he said, depending on a customer’s needs and demands placed on the vehicle.
Fuel cells for specific markets
“We’re going to see fuel-cell electric become part of the retail market,” Reuss said, but also part of the commercial, military, and high-usage markets as well.
The company will deploy its next generation of fuel cells, from a joint venture with Honda, into those latter markets, he said.
The company’s next electric vehicles are being engineered “from the ground up based on Bolt EV learnings,” Reuss said.
Reuss specifically cited a “multi-brand strategy,” which would suggest that future electric vehicles will come not just from Chevrolet but also from Buick, Cadillac, and perhaps even GMC.
One of those is reported to be an all-electric replacement for the current Buick Encore subcompact crossover utility, now in its sixth model year.