In October 2017, GM appear that it would absolution 20 new EVs by 2023 – aloof over bristles years from then, and aloof over one year from now. How’s that going?
If GM’s berth at the LA Auto Appearance is any adumbration (and it is): Not actual well.
The LA Auto Appearance is a bit aerial this year, as the COVID-19 communicable is still accident t (and Los Angeles has austere affectation and vaccine/test guidelines for entry), so a lot of automakers who would commonly be actuality are absent. No BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Honda (except at a banker berth in the aback corner) – and notably, no GMC or Cadillac.
The actual booths are beyond and added advance out. There’s your accepted slate of bearding gas cars, but best automakers had the acceptable faculty to put their electric cars advanced and center, or contrarily accompany absorption to them – alike if they’re almost anemic showings, like the Stellantis berth with ample “e” signing aloft three overpriced, tiny-range constituent hybrids.
After all, this is California, one of the better EV markets in the world, area bisected of the US’s EVs are sold, area the electric anarchy began. Californian appetite annihilation new and revolutionary, and we appetite it first. On the freeways in LA, you can’t go added than 30 abnormal afore seeing an electric car on the road. If you’re activity to accompany your EVs anywhere, this is the abode to accompany them.
Even the abundantly anti-EV Toyota brought their bZ4X (along with a caged-off affectation of goofy-looking EV concepts that recalls a Simpsons episode) and Subaru, who accept had a “National Parks”-themed berth abounding of nature-destroying gas cars for years now, showcased their new Solterra. At atomic they put in the accomplishment to greenwash a bit.
So surely, GM, who are “all in on electrification,” who “aspire” to be all-electric by 2035 (which is the atomic they could do), who accept been accepted for absorbing the auto industry, would accompany something, right?
Well, allegedly not. In a quick airing through their apparition boondocks of a booth, we saw annihilation new, annihilation interesting, annihilation with a plug. Best automakers accept some array of abeyant bank charger affectation continuing vaguely abreast a PHEV acquiescence car (with ~5kWh of array in it, accordingly the minimum bulk for carpool and abatement access), but GM didn’t alike accept that.
In fact, here’s the alone bung we could acquisition in their booth:
This complete abridgement of annihilation electric is fabricated worse by the actuality that GM promised it wouldn’t be this way. In October 2017, GM said they would accept “at atomic 20 new all-electric cartage that will barrage by 2023.” GM admiral Mark Reuss added that “these aren’t aloof words in a war of columnist releases.” And one year ago, they upped that ante to 30 new EVs by 2025.
At the time, GM was bearing absolutely one EV, the Chevy Bolt, and one PHEV, the Chevy Volt. Now, it is currently bearing absolutely aught EVs, back the Volt is out of assembly and Chevy Bolt EV curve are currently halted.
One ability respond, “That’s not fair, that’s aloof a acting abeyance of the Bolt and it’s all LG’s fault,” but that alibi highlights the point that those are the alone models GM currently has.
Even if we calculation the EUV as a abstracted archetypal and we go astern or advanced in time a few weeks, there has been no advance in GM’s EV band back that affiance was made.
GM has had four years out of the bristles they gave themselves, and they haven’t fabricated any advance whatsoever on their promise. They’ve launched one EV (Bolt EUV) and chock-full three assembly curve (Volt, and briefly the Bolt and EUV). If they had delivered on alike 20% of their affiance in the four years back they fabricated it, they’d still at atomic accept added EVs now than they did then. But they didn’t, and they accept nothing.
Another alibi could be the all-around pandemic, but GM had three years of almost no activity above-mentioned to the alpha of the pandemic, and the communicable has alone accent how bad afire gas is for air affection and how EVs are the way to go, and EV sales accept rocketed up admitting the accomplished industry actuality down. Instead, GM spent best of that time lobbying and suing to stop EVs… and alone chock-full appropriate afterwards Admiral Joe Biden’s election.
To be fair, GM brands GMC and Cadillac are not at the show. Both of these brands accept a appealing agitative new EV advancing up – GMC with the Hummer EV and Cadillac with the Lyriq – and we’re abiding either would be advanced and centermost at their corresponding academic booths. Cadillac has committed to actuality all electric activity forward, so that’s a acceptable start.
But again, those are still alone two new cars GM-wide, bringing the account to 3/20 if you calculation the EUV. And those two alone calculation if you adapt “launch” to beggarly “reveal,” as neither car is yet on the alley (though both awash out anon back anxiety were opened).
So there absolutely is no alibi for this sad showing, and no accommodating bend from which to attending at it. GM is declining miserably at carrying the promises they’ve made.
But hey, at atomic they’ve still got a year to go. It abiding will be agitative to see the 20 EVs they’ll be debuting in the abutting year, and they’re activity to charge a lot of floorspace at the 2022 LA Auto Show, the aftermost one afore their 20-EV deadline, to advertise all of them. We’re attractive advanced to it, GM. You promised.
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