Mary Barra, Steven Schoefs, Susan Beardslee.
“This gives us an unprecedented opportunity to develop cleaner, safer, smarter and more environmentally friendly vehicles for our customers.”
In a letter to shareholders, GM CEO Mary Barra comments on GM’s latest sustainability report. It lists “alternative propulsion” as one of four pillars.
“Over 20 European countries apply some form of CO2 tax on company cars, and that trend will accelerate – driven in no small measure by ‘Dieselgate’ and related emissions issues.”
Fleet Europe editor-in-chief Steven Schoefs predicts an increase in fleet electrification driven by emission regulations but also by “mirroring” incentives for hybrid and electric vehicles, as those rules increase TCO (total cost of ownership).
“The role of vehicle electrification in urban areas is part of a broader smart mobility model that includes shared vehicles, charging options, and driverless electric vehicle fleets of cars, buses, trams, and light rail. No singular option prevails; in fact, innovative manufacturers are creating ways for them to converge.”
Says Susan Beardslee is a senior analyst at ABI Research that forecasts global electric vehicle revenue to grow to 58bn dollars in 2021, as manufacturers increasingly look into multimodal transport.