Robert Urbanek wrote:The last word on climate change and electric cars:
“We want to get as many EVs on the road as possible,” said Mary Barra, the GM chief executive. “We believe climate change is real, and we have the ability and responsibility to create a cleaner, healthier planet.”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle, “GM lays out ambitions for electric-vehicle lineup,” Mar. 8, 2020
Or does someone here want to claim that General Motors is part of the George Soros-funded global Marxist conspiracy?
I think this statement serves a few purposes.
1 - In the last few years, GM (and ford) has been working towards shaking off it's "old school big company" image. They are trying to position themselves as a modern hip tech company like Amazon, google, facebook, etc. They've even opened large tech offices in various tech hubs in America. For example, they open a large site in Austin a few years ago, because they are trying to recruit SW/HW engineers. They are also actively trying to recruit people from silicon valley. This message about EVs and climate change resonant strongly with the young tech worker they are trying to hire. This message is recruitment PR.
2 - Younger people (GMs future customers) are on board with EVs and on board with fighting climate change. You might as well craft a message that your future customer base wants to hear.
The broader point I'm making is that the business of business is business. Companies don't say shit, just to say. They say for a reason, the above are two of those reasons.