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GM Promises To Eliminate Gas-Powered Vehicles By 2035

Automaker General Motors has pledged to stop selling fossil-fuel-powered cars and light trucks by 2035.

Automaker General Motors has pledged to stop selling fossil-fuel-powered cars and light trucks by 2035.

The decision is part of the company’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2040 and join Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5⁰C, in which companies promise to go carbon neutral in time to limit global warming to only 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

To this effect, EcoWatch reports that GM has decided to invest $27 billion in self-driving and electric vehicles in the next five years.

"General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world," GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. "We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole."

GM also pledges to power all of its U.S. sites with 100% renewable energy by 2030 and global plants by 2035.

To some analysts, decisions by GM and other automakers to shift to electric vehicles are the results of technological improvements that make EVs cheaper but also the shifting political climate.

Many of Biden’s administration goals are set with a 2035 deadline, which is also the target date set by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to ban new fossil-fuel cars in California.



Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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