The Big 3 Finally Agree on Something: Ford, GM and Stellantis Joint Statement on Electric Vehicles
Can you remember the last time Ford, GM, and Stellantis (Jeep, Dodge) stood together in unity over something (if you do, we'd love to hear about it)? Today the Big Three announced the shared goal of 40-50% of annual U.S. sales of electric vehicles (battery electric, fuel cell and plug-in hybrid vehicles) by 2030. The three of them coming together like this is a bit like the first Avengers movie where SHIELD gathers up all the superheroes to face down an alien invasion. The big difference is the goal is moving the nation closer to a zero-emissions future consistent with Paris climate goals instead of keeping Loki's space army out of Central Park. Here's what the three manufacturers had to say.
"Our recent product, technology, and investment announcements highlight our collective commitment to be leaders in the U.S. transition to electric vehicles. This represents a dramatic shift from the U.S. market today that can be achieved only with the timely deployment of the full suite of electrification policies committed to by the Administration in the Build Back Better Plan, including purchase incentives, a comprehensive charging network of sufficient density to support the millions of vehicles these targets represent, investments in R&D, and incentives to expand the electric vehicle manufacturing and supply chains in the United States. With the UAW at our side in transforming the workforce and partnering with us on this journey, we believe we can strengthen continued American leadership in clean transportation technology through electric vehicle innovation and manufacturing. We look forward to working with the Biden Administration, Congress and state and local governments to enact policies that will enable these ambitious objectives."
GM also added, "General Motors is committed to a zero-emissions, all-electric future and has charted a path which aspires to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. We are pleased to join in today’s joint statement of a shared aspiration of achieving 40-50% of annual U.S. sales volumes of electric vehicles by 2030. For GM, that means battery electric vehicles. To reach the high end of this range, we will continue to work with the Biden Administration, Congress, and state and local governments for implementation of supportive policies for the benefit of our workforce, our dealers, our customers and their communities."
Ford Motor Company
For his part, Ford's Executive Chair Bill Ford stated, “It has been said that this generation is the first to feel the impact of climate change, and the last that can do something about it. I am proud that Ford is leading the electric revolution and standing for stronger standards that protect people and the environment as we progress towards a zero-emissions transportation future. Ford has always been a leader in sustainability and our employees continue their tremendous efforts to leave our children and our grandchildren with a cleaner planet.”
Stellantis (Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge)
The Jeep, Chrysler, and Dodge parent company released a statement of its own, too: "Our path to offering clean, safe and affordable mobility is defined by our $35 billion investment in vehicle electrification, which includes four flexible BEV platforms, a scalable family of three electric-drive modules and solid-state battery development. This activity also serves to echo the Administration’s commitment to safeguard employment for American workers."
As we hear more news on the new policies being enacted, we'll make sure to share them with you.