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GM Gets Greener with More EVs, Sustainable Tires, and Cleaner Factories

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Mary Barra, GM CEO, has long touted the automaker’s goal of “zero accidents, zero emissions, and zero congestion.” Now, the company is taking a few more steps to turn that vision into reality.

Last year, GM doubled its investment into electric cars. However, it turns out there are plenty of other ways to make the automotive manufacturing process a little more environmentally friendly.

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Upcoming EVs

In order to compete with luxury EVs like Tesla, GM plans to roll out some electrified Cadillac models. The first electric Caddy SUV is currently slated for 2022, while Chevrolet plans to introduce a larger version of the Bolt, currently known as the Bolt EUV. There’s also an electric GMC pickup in the works. These new models are just a few of the 20 electric and fuel-cell vehicles that GM plans to unleash by 2023.

Sustainable tires

Recently, GM agreed to an initiative that makes tires more sustainable. The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber aims to make the tire manufacturing process safer, less environmentally damaging, and more accountable. Rampant rubber harvesting can lead to deforestation and biodiversity loss, so it’s encouraging to see that one of the world’s biggest automotive manufacturers is taking action to mitigate further damage. Since switching to sustainable tire manufacturers Maxxis and Giti, GM has saved 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, 17,000 tons of coal, and prevented 36,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the air.

Renewable energy

GM once set a goal to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Further, the company plans to continue cutting its carbon emissions. Considering it cut 31 percent of its carbon output between 2010 and 2017, the future looks bright for this goal. Plus, the company would like to cut its water usage by 15 percent, its waste by 40 percent, and convert more of its factories into zero-waste facilities. Currently, the automaker has 137 facilities that meet this criterion, and hopes to grow that number to 150.

With a company as massive as GM, these environmental efforts will have a far-reaching impact. Here’s to hoping for a cleaner, brighter future.

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Source: Green Car Reports