General Motors reports earnings this morning, amid declining vehicle sales and higher manufacturing costs from tariffs. Longer term, the company is betting on electric cars, with plans to roll out 20 all-electric models over the next five years. On Friday, GM called for a national zero-emission vehicle program, even as it supports a rollback of Obama-era gas mileage standards.
“Having put billions of dollars into this technology, they want to make sure they actually have a market to get people to buy these vehicles,” explained Sam Abuelsamid, an automotive analyst for Navigant Research. However, some environmental groups are skeptical.
“It’s a shiny thing to put out there, that distracts from the fact that they are calling for a rollback of the vehicle emissions standards,” said David Reichmuth of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.