GM (Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet, Buick) opens a reflection on stopping the production of thermal vehicles within 15 years, including SUVs and pick-ups, but not trucks.

This announcement is considered a bomb in the global auto industry. The American General Motors (GM) has unveiled its intention to no longer build cars with polluting emissions by 2035. A real industrial and commercial revolution since the vast majority of its production consists of large diesel or gasoline engines. The group owns the Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet and Buick brands.

GM’s initiative would not apply to larger vehicles, such as trucks, but would include SUVs or pickups, which are particularly popular in the United States. The group also plans that all of its vehicles and activities will be “carbon neutral” by 2040.

The group remains cautious all the same. He has not openly committed to only producing electric vehicles in 2035. But in a statement, he says he is taking “measures to achieve it”. “It will require the collaboration of the rest of the industry, governments and customers.”

GM will have the backing of the Biden administration. The new tenant of the White House has indeed set itself the goal of making the government’s vehicle fleet entirely clean and of building 500,000 additional electric charging stations in the country.

“With (US President Joe) Biden’s green program on the horizon, we think other car manufacturers could follow GM’s lead in the United States,” said Dan Ives, analyst for Wedbush.

Offset with carbon credits

When removing emissions is not possible, GM will offset them with carbon credits or carbon capture, said boss, Mary Barra.

For General Motors, the most important carbon impact comes from the exhaust emissions of the vehicles we sell – in our case, up to 75%, “said the manager in a message posted on the LinkedIn network.” is why it is so important to accelerate towards a future in which every vehicle we sell is a zero emission vehicle, ”she added.

“But it is also essential that we reduce emissions from our operations around the world – from the manufacturing plants we manage to the energy we use to produce these vehicles,” Ms. Barra also stressed, inviting other companies. to follow his example.

GM has increased announcements on electric vehicles in recent months. It plans to offer 30 models in 2025, with versions across its four brands, and invest a total of $ 27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles over five years. GM is already selling the Bolt, and other models will follow with the Cadillac Lyriq and an electric version of the Hummer.

The group also gave up in November supporting the Trump administration in its effort to strip California of the right to set its own auto pollution standards. For Karl Brauer, specialist in the automotive sector for the iSeeCars site, there are some reservations to be made.