Mary Barra, GM’s chief executive, says all self-driving cars should be electric. Mr Barra believes auto automation and electrification are part of GM’s transformation. She wants to avoid hybrids and plug-in hybrids to avoid the cost of installing two powertrains in a car. But she acknowledged that plug-in hybrids were necessary to comply with emissions regulations in the transition to electric vehicles, especially in China.
GM decided earlier this year to stop producing the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid because of falling demand in the United States. Instead, the company is developing the next generation of pure electric Chevrolet Bolts.
GM had planned to launch a new electric car at next month’s 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but decided to cancel plans because of a four-week strike by the UAW, which failed to meet a deadline for the production of the car.
According tomedia speculation, GM’s original electric car at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show is a Cadillac electric crossover, which has semi-autonomous driving capabilities.
In 2016, GM acquired Cruise. In late 2017, Cruise announced plans to launch a self-driving commercial taxi service by the end of 2019. But in July,media reported that the company had delayed plans to launch its self-driving taxi service by the end of the year, adding tests for the rest of the year.
GM’s all-autonomous car, built in partnership with its self-driving subsidiary Cruise, is based on a version of the Chevrolet Bolt, named Cruise AV and built at the company’s Orion assembly plant in Michigan.
GM will eventually hope to launch a fully self-driving car with no steering wheel and pedals, all seats in the car are designed for passengers, and artificial intelligence and related technology will be the driving force behind the car.
In the future, GM will focus on two areas: electric vehicles and autonomous driving technology. In the near future, the company will launch a range of new electric vehicles, including the Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover, the new electric pickup and the Cadillac luxury crossover.
The company aims to launch 20 new all-electric vehicles by 2023, including two electric models based on the Chevrolet Bolt.