General Motors breaks ground by abandoning petrol cars

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The Chevrolet Corvette will be fully-electric by 2035, dropping the petrol V8 engine which has powered the sports vehicle since 1955.

"For General Motors, our most significant carbon impact comes from tailpipe emissions of the vehicles that we sell-in our case, it's 75 percent", Barra wrote, per CNBC.

More than half of GM's capital spending and product development team will be devoted to electric and electric-autonomous vehicle programs, GM said.

"General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world", said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO.

America's push towards EVs is far cry from Australia's stagnant approach, that according to Electric Vehicle Council Chief Executive Behyad Jafari is seeing us left behind as the rest of the auto industry zooms ahead.

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"As one of the world's largest automakers, we hope to set an example of responsible leadership in a world that is faced with climate change".

"The rational view for GM to form is that Australia is a low priority nation for its all-electric future", he said.

"This move by GM shows the writing is on the wall for petrol and diesel vehicles. The ongoing vehicle policy paralysis will mean this will only get worse". Any remaining carbon emissions will be countered with either carbon credits or offsets, the company said.

The firm, which is America's largest automaker, has pledged to deliver at least 30 all-electric models "by mid-century" and to ensure that 40 per cent of its USA range is battery electric by the end of 2025.

To power the company's operations, GM said it will use only renewable energy power at its USA facilities by 2030 and by 2035 all of its operations worldwide will use renewable power.

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