General Motors is Set to be Fully Electric by 2035. What Does That Mean for Your Fleet?

Gretchen ReeseJanuary 29, 2021

General Motors recently released a piece of news that should get all sustainability-lovers revving. With the aim of reducing their direct and lifecycle emission output, they have pledged that all of their vehicle offerings are set to be tailpipe emissions-free by 2035, and the company will be completely carbon-neutral by 2040. The question is, what does this mean for fleets?

General Motors pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040, with all light-duty vehicles to be fully electric by 2035. What does this mean for your fleet? | Utilimarc blog

What exactly was GM’s sustainability pledge?

General Motors announced yesterday that they were committed to being carbon neutral by 2040 in their global product lines and operations. This goal is to be achieved in part by aspiring to eliminate all tailpipe emissions (otherwise known as direct emissions) from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. This pledge was backed by science-based targets that aim towards a more sustainable future.

Who does this news affect?

It’s no secret that this will affect utility fleets (amongst others) around the world. If one of the largest global manufacturers is able to electrify all of their light-duty vehicle offerings – it paves the way for not only this new technology to take hold, but also opens up questions and logistical concerns about how these vehicles will perform in the long-run.

For example, if you operate a fleet that aids in storm relief – how would you send an electric vehicle for relief effort into an area lacking electricity? The answers can get a little muddy – and there’s certainly exploration left to delve into.

What it will take – in terms of increasing confidence amongst fleet managers world wide to adopt this growing technology trend – is a deep data dive that relies on actual data. Not just a “potential this” or “the range could be that”. Fleet managers are looking for concrete data that can back-up the decision to make an investment into this new, exciting, electrifying technology.

The bottom line

Electric vehicles are quickly becoming a way that fleets (and families/individuals for that matter) are looking to cut their carbon footprint and the emissions that go along with it. Over the last few years, Utilimarc has been working with electric vehicle data with the aim to help fleets understand their options and their data when considering new vehicle additions for their organizations in the future.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Utilimarc can help you make the most of your electric vehicle data, schedule a live demo with our analytics team.

Gretchen Reese

Growth Marketing Manager

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