GM's aggressive all-electric roadmap has 2 EVs in next 18 months

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Also Monday, Ford announced plans to create a group known as "Team Edison" that'll concentrate on developing fully electric cars, Automative News reported.

It also showed off a fuel-cell-powered heavy-duty truck with two electric motors known as Surus, or "silent utility rover universal superstructure".

Get ready for a whole lot more electric vehicles at General Motors dealerships, with the automaker announcing its ambitious plans for "an all-electric future".

The two new GM electrics in the immediate future likely will be SUVs or a sportier vehicle created to compete with Tesla's upcoming Model 3 sedan, Reuss said. The plan builds upon the company's vision of having zero emission, zero crashes and zero traffic congestion, a plan outlined by GM CEO Mary Barra. "Although that future won't happen overnight, GM is committed to driving increased usage and acceptance of electric vehicles".

"General Motors believes in an all-electric future", Reuss said. Reuss said that the next version is going to be better than the one GM has on the road today.




GM stock opened sharply higher - after the company's event had been scheduled but before its announcement had been made - and was up nearly 4 percent in afternoon trading.

"We can't just flip a switch and make the world go all-electric", he said, adding that GM will continue to enhance the efficiency of internal-combustion engines until an all-electric future arrives. With its capability and flexible architecture, SURUS could be used as a delivery vehicle, truck or even an ambulance - all emissions free, according to the company. Mark Ruess, GM head of product, told Wired that the automaker will phase out its gas- and diesel-powered vehicles gradually in different markets.

It's no surprise that GM, which became the first automaker to begin mass-producing an affordable long-range electric vehicle past year, appears to have an extensive electric-vehicle product-development program well underway. California regulators first launched a zero-emissions mandate two decades ago but rolled it back when it became clear the technology of that era would not meet consumer demand.

The move demonstrated that GM is serious about remaining not just relevant, but extremely competitive as the global auto industry is transformed by electrification and the arrival of upstarts such as Tesla.

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