GM Aims to Eliminate Tailpipe Emissions by 2035
General Motors, maker of beloved vehicles of all types, is upping its game in the effort to prevent harmful tailpipe emissions. In just 14 years, it aims to be manufacturing only vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions.
One area of production that GM plans to expand on to meet this goal is electric vehicles (EVs). Powered by batteries, instead of an internal combustion engine, EVs do not emit any tailpipe emissions, because they don’t have…tailpipes. Not only can EVs accelerate very quickly, they are constructed with fewer parts. For example, EVs do not have transmissions, and thus the level of maintenance required of an EV is quite different than that required of a traditionally-powered vehicle.
Most other vehicle manufacturers also appear to be expanding their EV offerings as well. As more and more EVs become available, it is likely that the costs of such vehicles will decrease, making them even more attractive to buyers of both new and used EVs. The possibility of tax incentives to purchase an EV may also play into the speed at which the national vehicle fleet transitions to electric power.
And if you think electric vehicles are duds in the performance area, think again. Due to their maximum torque developed at the lowest speeds, their acceleration can be explosive and downright exhilarating. In fact, EVs have competed at the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb and have even won a national championship in time trial competitions.
So more EVs are coming, and with them will come less harmful emissions and potentially even greater performance. Time will tell if GM makes its 2035 goal, but we can all expect to be affected by these changes in the automotive industry.