GM charges forward with five-year plan for electric vehicles

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By Brian Turner, InsideOttawaValley, March 7, 2020 Recently General Motors rolled out plans for an entire new fleet of all-electric vehicles in a group meeting with dealers, investors, and shareholders. Their aspirations are to have these autos (ranging from compacts to full-sized rides) on dealer lots within the next five years. You may think, you’ve heard this before, and you’d be right. If you web-search almost any carmaker’s press release archives, you’ll discover that by this time we should be awash in all manner of electric and autonomous vehicles. So, what’s different this time?

In a word, Tesla. Most of Tesla’s early detractors have fallen silent due to CEO Elon Musk’s success in building, marketing and delivering electric vehicles (EV) to the masses. While EVs still haven’t yet achieved much market share (less than 1.5 per cent in the U.S. last year), carmakers around the globe are investing billions in research and development.

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