General Motors announced today that it would stop selling petroleum-powered cars by 2035:
• Fred Krup, Why GM’s clean cars announcement is a really big deal, EDF Voices Blog, 28 January 2021.
Fred Krup is president of the Environmental Defense Fund, a famous environmental organization. He writes:
Today I was pleased to lend my support to GM’s dramatic announcement that it is working to eliminate tailpipe emissions from all of its new light-duty vehicles by 2035, and to be carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040. EDF has been working with GM to develop a shared vision for an all-electric future, and we’re proud to have played a part in this breakthrough moment.
Why is this a big deal? When a leading U.S. carmaker takes such a step, it sends a powerful signal to the industry that being on the road to zero emissions is an essential element of every automaker’s business plan. There can be no doubt: The future of transportation, starting now, is electric.
This interacts in a nice way with Biden’s announcement this week that U.S. government would replace its entire fleet of ~645,000 cars, trucks and SUVs with electric vehicles manufactured in the United States.