Automakers keep treading farther down the path of electric propulsion. In fact, General Motors may have just put the stake in the heart of fossil fuels by becoming the latest, and largest, automaker to announce an all-electric future.
Have we reached the point of no turning back?
When Volvo announced its all-electric future, the response was mostly tepid, and it was taken as a mildly interesting step in the progression of transportation.
That’s because Volvo is somewhat of a niche player and its decisions don’t tend to influence the rest of the automotive industry. Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mazda have made similar announcements, as have some of the largest automakers in China.
All that news still managed to get somewhat overlooked, because none of those automakers had a direct impact on the vast majority of American car buyers.
The General Motors announcement is different.
An article at Wired on Monday said,
After more than a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This morning, the American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more by 2023.
That product onslaught puts the company at the forefront of an increasingly large crowd of automakers proclaiming the age of electricity and promising to move away from gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles.
We don’t know when the final gas and diesel engines will roll off GM assembly lines, but we can be reasonably sure that we’re still at least a decade away. Probably much longer. The future, though, as seen by a growing number of governments and automakers, will include electric and fuel-cell power.
What can we credit (or blame) for this vast and seemingly sudden migration away from gasoline?
A strong argument could be made for the government of China. The world’s largest auto market is marching toward a mandated electric future, and if automakers want to stay competitive there, they’ll have to offer electric options. Considering that GM sells more cars in China than it does in the United States, going fully electric in the coming years makes the most business sense.
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