US Big 3 Auto: EVs Today and Tomorrow

Are the Big 3 auto companies – General Motors, Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler – serious about electric cars? Let’s look at their recent/current plug-in hybrid and pure battery electric model offerings:

Big 3 auto - current-recent PHEVs-BEVs-May 2017

That’s it, 3 currently available battery electric vehicles and 5 plug-in hybrids. Two models (Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Spark) were discontinued in 2016 and one, the Fiat 500e is a compliance car and only available in two states.

In the next few years American auto buyers are going to see a flurry of EV activity with several PHEV or BEV models being brought to market, right?

Based on what’s been announced, that would be a big no. In fact, unless I’ve missed something only ONE non-commercial electric vehicle has been promised by the Big 3 auto companies, a pure battery electric SUV from Ford:

Big 3 Auto - announced EVs

To use my cousin Slim Pickens name, that would mean there aren’t a lot of options for US consumers who might be interested in taking the EV plunge.

It will be interesting to monitor any new EV announcements in 2017 by the Big 3 – especially in light of the replacement of Ford CEO Mark Fields, respectable sales of the Chevrolet Bolt so far and upcoming launch of the Tesla Model 3.

Stay tuned!

Loren McDonald

Loren McDonald


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