General Motors plans to go all-electric

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GM will introduce two new electric models next year and an additional 18 by 2023, the Washington Post reported.

The company said it's learned a lot from the Chevrolet Bolt, GM's first all-electric vehicle.

But this is the first official confirmation that GM plans to follow up its well-regarded Chevrolet Bolt EV with more - and more advanced - pure-electric offerings, starting soon. He said GM's future electric vehicles would be profitable without further explanation. Some, such as Volvo, intend to only offer electrified drivelines, others, such as Volkswagen, say they will have electrified options available on all future models. GM also renewed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell technology, a clean fuel concept that still needs major infrastructure upgrades before it can become a viable alternative. It's unclear whether GM will begin to repurpose existing designs by stuffing batteries in them, or whether the company is working on developing completely new platforms from the ground up. GM will roll out at least 10 "new energy vehicles" in China by 2020, Barra said. Nearly 50 new pure electric-car models will come to market globally between now and 2022, including vehicles from Daimler and Volkswagen. It's also creating a new all-electric sub-brand, ID, that will include a new electric version of the iconic VW microbus. SURUS is a fuel cell powered, four-wheel steer concept vehicle on a heavy-duty truck frame that's driven by two electric motors.

Detroit's largest auto makers ramped up plans for electric vehicles in coming years, the latest push from traditional car companies to respond to tougher emissions regulations and the prospect that some markets across the globe could eventually ban internal combustion engines powered with fossil fuels.

Charles Freese, GM executive director of global fuel cell business, said SURUS is designed for a "wide range of applications", including freight and emergency rescue vehicles such as ambulances and military vehicles for disaster relief efforts. It went on sale in select markets earlier in the year.

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EVs remain just a sliver of US sales and demand largely is regulatory-driven, but GM expects mainstream adoption of the cars soon.

GM has been developing fuel cell technology in partnership with Honda for almost four years, but has yet to launch a production vehicle.

Apart from eco-friendly motives, changing emission norms across the world and electric vehicles being favoured by customers all-round have spurred companies to join the electric bandwagon.

China has set goals for electric and plug-in hybrid cars to make up at least a fifth of auto sales by 2025.

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