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DETROIT (dpa-AFX) – The largest US automaker General Motors (GM) wants to expand its range of electric vehicles and take significantly more money in hand than previously planned. By the end of 2025, 40 percent of the model range in the USA should consist of battery-powered cars, Group boss Mary Barra announced on Thursday.
By then, GM plans to offer 30 fully electric models worldwide. To this end, investments in battery-powered and self-driving vehicles are to be increased again by a good third to 27 billion dollars (almost 23 billion euros). “Climate change is real and we want to be part of the solution,” said Barra.
So far, GM has struggled with the topic of electromobility and looks rather old, especially given the great success of Tesla. Finally, there were also problems with the current Chevrolet Bolt EV e-model, which required a major recall due to the risk of dangerous battery fires./hbr/DP/he