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Vehicle Emissions

Reducing carbon emissions

The vehicles we sell represent 75% of the CO2 emissions that we are trying to address. Our vision is a future with zero tailpipe emissions that will help create a more sustainable planet.

General Motors' future is an all-electric one—and it could be here sooner than many think. In early 2021, we announced our aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. By leveraging battery electric vehicles (EVs) and other zero-emissions technology, we will work to offer an EV for every customer, including crossovers, SUVs, trucks and sedans across a range of price points. GM is prepared to deliver and is committed to winning the EV race. We have what it takes to do so and are rapidly building a competitive advantage in EV, software vehicle integration and manufacturing.

To this end, we announced a new growth strategy in 2020 designed around delivering world-class customer experiences. This strategy includes a new, dedicated EV organization called EV Growth Operations. This dedicated team will be entirely focused on driving mass consumer adoption of EVs and will be led by a newly appointed Chief EV Officer. This EV team will combine startup agility with the strength of the GM team and will be empowered to minimize complexity and make decisions fast. This is more than a reorganization; it is part of a broader cultural transformation to position GM to lead in the future of mobility. Along with our dedicated EV organization, our integrated strategy is a competitive advantage for GM.

We are positioned to design, engineer and produce EVs for every style and price point and invest in ways to make the EV experience as convenient and easy as possible.

EV Portfolio

global models with some
form of electrification1
metric tons of CO2
emissions avoided
gasoline miles displaced
by GM BEVs

1 Excluding discontinued models

Global Sales Volume of Alternative Drive Train Vehicles

flexfuel vehicles
hybrid vehicles

All-Electric Models Represent a Rapidly Growing Share of GM’s Electrified Vehicle Sales
(Percent Sales Share)

2020 Global Electric Vehicle Portfolio
(Sales Volume)

U.S. Electric
Vehicle on the Road
(BEVs and PHEVs
Cumulative Sales)


approximate reduction
in development time for
future EVs.

EV Commitments

Our global commitment to realize an all-electric, zero-emissions future—from battery chemistry and architecture to safety validation and infrastructure—requires unprecedented investment in people and resources. This is why we’ve announced our intent to allocate more than $27 billion in capital and engineering resources to EV and autonomous vehicle (AV) programs between 2020 and 2025. For the first time, GM will spend more on EVs and AVs than on gasoline-and diesel-powered vehicle development during that five-year period.

These investments will pay off in short order. We will introduce 30 new global EVs by the end of 2025. Two-thirds of our new EVs will be available in the U.S. and approximately 40% of the company’s U.S. entries will be battery electric vehicles (BEVs) by the end of 2025. Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick brands will all be represented.

To do so, we are pulling a total of 12 new EV launches ahead of schedule, with some moving forward by more than 30 months. This accelerated timeline requires a revamped vehicle development process. During 2020, the HUMMER EV team cut development time nearly in half by leveraging virtual engineering and the simplicity and flexibility of the Ultium system. This achievement has massive implications: we expect to cut development time of our future EVs by nearly 50% over current EV development time today.

To realize our zero emissions future, we need millions of EVs on the road, which is why we are committed to fighting for EV market share until we are number-one in North America. We aim to achieve margins similar to or higher than our Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) business and to exceed our previous target of selling 1 million vehicles globally by mid-decade.

All-Electric Models Represent a Rapidly Growing Share of GM’s Electrified Vehicle Sales
(Percent Sales Share)
  2017 2018 2019 2020
All-Electric Models 37% 53% 79% 98.8%
Plug-In Hybrids and Hybrids 63% 47% 21% 1.2%
2020 Global Electric Vehicle Portfolio
(Sales Volume)
Global Units Sold 202,488
Hong Guang Mini EV 117,599
Bolt EV 26,552
Baojun E100 20,571
Baojun E200 14,359
Velite 6 9,034
Baojun E300 7,778
Rongguang L 2,251
Buick Velite 6 PHEV 2,125
Chevrolet Menlo 1,302
Buick Velite 7 822
Chevrolet Volt2 83
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In2 12

2 Discontinued model

U.S. Electric Vehicles on the Road
(BEVs and PHEVs Cumulative Sales)
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
28,887 72,780 109,374 130,744 151,579