GM plans to make 500,000 ‘electrified vehicles’ by 2017

electrified-vehiclesPlug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward,” Mary Barra, General Motors senior vice president of global product development, said at an event in San Francisco showcasing GM’s electric-vehicle strategy last month.

“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute,” Barra said in a report in the Detroit Free Press.

At the event, GM said it is committed to deliver at least 500,000 vehicles “with some form of electrification” such as a hybrid drive system by 2017. In the half-a-million goal, GM will be counting vehicles that boost fuel economy with stop-start capability, regenerative braking and an electric motor, but plug-in electric vehicles remain the company’s key electrification focus.

The ‘Built by Michigan’ Chevrolet Volt is expected to play a key role in hitting GM’s electrification targets. The company sold nearly 20,000 Volts in the first 10 months of the year, putting the company on track to come close to 25,000 units in 2012.
Next year, the company plans to unveil a luxury Cadillac coupe based on the Volt powertrain, and the Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle will go on sale in some markets in 2013.

Source: Detroit Free Press