GM announced today that it will have up to 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification by 2017. The company said that its main focus will be plug-in hybrid technology.
“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute,” Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development told media attending the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco. “Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward.”
Barra said that the Chevrolet Volt has become more than a statement for GM in the EV space.
“What started out as a technology proof point… has turned into a real-world starting point to push EV technology further and faster than we thought possible five years ago,” she said. “The unique propulsion technology pioneered in the Volt – the same technology that will be featured in the Cadillac ELR – will be a core piece of our electrification strategy going forward.”
So far, GM is on track to sell more than 50,000 vehicles this year with some form of electrification.
– By: Omar Rana