GM stands by combustion engines — for now

Mike Anderson on international combustion technology. “We are going to continue to develop in this space.” Photo credit: GREG HORVATH

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Even as General Motors moves more toward electrified vehicles, it will continue investing in new technologies for internal combustion engines and hybrid systems.

Mike Anderson, GM executive director of global transmission and electrification hardware engineering, said Tuesday at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars that the automaker is steaming toward a future of exclusively zero-emission vehicles.

But it will not let its traditional engines sit stagnant, he vowed.

“It’s definitely not the end,” Anderson said of internal combustion technology. “We are going to continue to develop in this space.”

He said that the three propulsion systems will “coexist for some time.” The vast majority of GM’s sales are vehicles powered by traditional internal combustion engines.

GM sees “three lanes on the road” in the future, he said. They include “more of the same” with additive technologies for internal combustion engines; hybrids, including mild hybrids and plug-ins; and full-electric vehicles, including at least 20 new battery- or fuel cell-powered vehicles globally by 2023.

In the U.S., GM offers three hybrid models — the Chevrolet Malibu and plug-in Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac CT6 — and the full-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV. The automaker this year also unveiled a plug-in hybrid and all-electric car for China called the Buick Velite 6.



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