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    A Letter From The Chairman and CEO of General Motors

    General Motors Corporation
    October 26, 2020



    General Motors has what it takes to put everyone in an EV
    Published on October 26, 2020 by Mary Barra

    As an engineer, I’ve always looked at how to improve situations and solve challenges. Engineers have the ability to imagine what’s next and then make it happen. At its very core, engineering improves people’s lives.

    As Chairman and CEO of General Motors, I now have a unique opportunity – and responsibility – to use my engineering mindset to help make the world a better place on a much larger scale. At General Motors, we have a vision of zero crashes, zero emissions, zero congestion. It is our north star that guides everything we do. I am grateful every day to lead a company with a vision that I am so passionate about.

    Cars are my life, starting from a young age to working in GM’s manufacturing plants, to being able to test drive every vehicle under the sun. Cars are a symbol of freedom – a way to achieve personal independence. They revolutionized our entire society. And now, more than 100 years later, we have the opportunity to revolutionize society again.

    Our zero-emissions, all-electric future is underway right now, and we are moving faster than ever. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we quickly brought our manufacturing capability to bear to produce masks and ventilators. Yet we never lost a beat on our all-electric strategy. The pace of progress is visible in our recent $2 billion investment at our Spring Hill, Tennessee plant to transform it to build EVs, including our Cadillac LYRIQ. This is our third site, joining Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, and Orion assembly in Lake Orion, Michigan, to build electric vehicles. These investments underscore how committed we are to transform GM and our brands into an all-electric lineup.

    We also revealed the world’s first all-electric supertruck: the GMC HUMMER EV. Powered by our Ultium battery system, HUMMER EV proves there are no compromises when it comes to innovation and capability, offering zero to 60 in approximately three seconds, 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque.

    Ultium, our highly flexible global EV platform is a game changer in driving down costs, increasing range and opening the design potential. It’s also a differentiating technology platform that is bringing other companies to our doorstep. EVs – and the technology we’re engineering to create them – are key to the growth trajectory at GM. I believe with all the assets we have, we will win. And we will create a more sustainable world for future generations.








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    Cars are my life, starting from a young age to working in GM’s manufacturing plants, to being able to test drive every vehicle under the sun.

    I believe with all the assets we have, we will win.
    Go ahead, don't be afraid...pinch yourself. The CEO of the historic General Motors Corporation is responsible for the above wording.

    The future looks bright.









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    Re: A Letter From The Chairman and CEO of General Motors

    Ford Motor Co.'s new CEO Jim Farley's (auto) racing hobby is risky business that raises the stakes for shareholders if he is injured or killed doing it, some business experts said. Farley, 58, who earlier this month took over for retired CEO Jim Hackett, has raced cars for about 15 years. Last week, he revealed that Bill Ford gave him his blessing to keep doing it even as he steps into the CEO job.
    Source: Detroit Free Press

    A compliment also to the Ford Motor Company and their new CEO Jim Farley.









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    I will never own an electric car. I don't WANT an electric car. I WANT nothing but regular, 4 cycle internal combustion engines that run on gasoline without hybrid or other technology. Electric is boring. It makes no noise. You can't open the hood and watch it operate. There are no gears to shift, no tachometer to watch rev up to the sweet spot, this is NOT what General Motors that I grew up with is about. Cars are a hobby and all about fun for me. I could spend hours in the garage getting my hands greasy and busting my knuckles cussing at a bolt that won't come loose and it's still a better day than spending it at the beach with a drink.

    An all electric General Motors?

    FU Mary Barra. FU.

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    While electric cars are obviously needed in the portfolio, for some of us driving enthusiasts, it’s difficult to be excited about electric vehicles, no matter how fast 0-60 they go. I’m really bummed about the thought of an electric Camaro or Vette.
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    Re: A Letter From The Chairman and CEO of General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Barra
    "Cars are a symbol of freedom – a way to achieve personal independence."
    Can Barra please convey this message to the two bit hack heading up GM Cruise, Dan Ammann? A couple weeks ago Ammann said ruefully,

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Ammann
    "City dwellers, in a sad twist on social distancing, are now buying more cars than ever."
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    Quote Originally Posted by smith7629 View Post
    While electric cars are obviously needed in the portfolio, for some of us driving enthusiasts, it’s difficult to be excited about electric vehicles, no matter how fast 0-60 they go. I’m really bummed about the thought of an electric Camaro or Vette.
    Exactly. This SUCKS!!!!

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    Re: A Letter From The Chairman and CEO of General Motors

    I really hoping my next car is electric!

    I don't get the above posts that say "as a performance enthusiast I don't want electric". As a performance enthusiast wouldn't you want the better handling with the low down weight and 100% torque throughout the range? They even have a brick on wheels (the Hummer) with a 3.3 second 0-60...

    I'm excited by the new tech, I've only driven a Volt (loved the experience until the engine kicked on). That's given me a taste plus talking to acquaintances who own Tesla's to form my opinion. How do the ones not interested already know they don't want electrics - have you already driven an electric and not like it? Have you heard something negative? Just curious, not trying to be a jerk.

    PS - the link takes me to GM's main page and I can't find the actual letter.

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    Re: A Letter From The Chairman and CEO of General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by smith7629 View Post
    While electric cars are obviously needed in the portfolio, for some of us driving enthusiasts, it’s difficult to be excited about electric vehicles, no matter how fast 0-60 they go. I’m really bummed about the thought of an electric Camaro or Vette.
    Totally agree. Electric is great for most aspects of car ownership but for an enthusiast car no thanks. Sure we all know the performance numbers look great on paper but you lose some of the most important aspects of the performance experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastbal1 View Post
    I will never own an electric car. I don't WANT an electric car. I WANT nothing but regular, 4 cycle internal combustion engines that run on gasoline without hybrid or other technology. Electric is boring. It makes no noise. You can't open the hood and watch it operate. There are no gears to shift, no tachometer to watch rev up to the sweet spot, this is NOT what General Motors that I grew up with is about. Cars are a hobby and all about fun for me. I could spend hours in the garage getting my hands greasy and busting my knuckles cussing at a bolt that won't come loose and it's still a better day than spending it at the beach with a drink.

    An all electric General Motors?

    FU Mary Barra. FU.
    You need to drive one. Accelerate quickly with no drama. Not boring but exhilarating. You'll still have a number of greasy bolts to play with if that floats your boat. It's all good.
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    100 years ago I'm sure there was a subset bemoaning the loss of a hand cranked engine and the addition of synchronizers to a manual transmission, making drivers of the 1930s nancies who weren't deft enough to pull off a double clutched upshift without grinding the gears nor tough enough to get out there in the pouring rain to crank start their vehicles.

    The average car nowadays is a CUV with a soulless 1.5 to 2.0 liter 4 cylinder, roughly 200hp and runs a 16 second quarter mile. I'll happily drive a dual motor Tesla 3 that runs 11.7s over that banal existence.
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    Re: A Letter From The Chairman and CEO of General Motors

    Quote Originally Posted by gkr778 View Post
    Can Barra please convey this message to the two bit hack heading up GM Cruise, Dan Ammann? A couple weeks ago Ammann said ruefully,
    Mary Barra - "Cars are a symbol of freedom – a way to achieve personal independence."


    Dan Ammann - "City dwellers, in a sad twist on social distancing, are now buying more cars than ever."


    These are straight-up conflicting goals; traveling around in a autonomous car is as lifeless as a ride on the People-Mover or City Bus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rand49er View Post
    You need to drive one. Accelerate quickly with no drama. Not boring but exhilarating. You'll still have a number of greasy bolts to play with if that floats your boat. It's all good.
    BORING!!!

    You're completely missing the point and it's absolutely useless to even discuss it with people like you. No one should be excusing this absurdity. Let the f'n tree hugging labia lipped liberal hippies have electric cars. I will never even ride in one.

    It's like playing a Led Zeppelin record with no amplifier and no speakers. Just the quiet noise coming off the turntable needle.

    Cars make noise. I own a Camaro SS with a Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust (which I keep in track mode at all times) and manual transmission. I haven't even owned an automatic transmission in the 26 years I've been driving. F electric cars, I don't care how flippin fast they are. End of discussion. Find someone else to try to change their mind with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    Totally agree. Electric is great for most aspects of car ownership but for an enthusiast car no thanks. Sure we all know the performance numbers look great on paper but you lose some of the most important aspects of the performance experience.
    I think the really cool factor is that you can tune your car's response with electric motors. Want more rear bias? Sure, click it up to 70. The Model 3 has this in the performance trim and it's really slick to see in action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastbal1 View Post
    BORING!!!

    You're completely missing the point and it's absolutely useless to even discuss it with people like you. No one should be excusing this absurdity. Let the f'n tree hugging labia lipped liberal hippies have electric cars. I will never even ride in one.

    It's like playing a Led Zeppelin record with no amplifier and no speakers. Just the quiet noise coming off the turntable needle.

    Cars make noise. I own a Camaro SS with a Flowmaster American Thunder exhaust (which I keep in track mode at all times) and manual transmission. I haven't even owned an automatic transmission in the 26 years I've been driving. F electric cars, I don't care how flippin fast they are. End of discussion. Find someone else to try to change their mind with.
    Going to laugh when your Camaro with the crappiest possible exhaust gets gapped hardcore by a big bad ol librul in a Tesla.
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