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GM’s Commitment to Electric Cars Still Has Skeptics

General Motors joined forces with the Environmental Defense Fund to recommend tougher emissions rules for passenger vehicles. Critics aren’t convinced.

A Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle  in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

A Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle  in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg
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In a surprise move, General Motors Co. this week joined forces with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to recommend tougher emissions rules for passenger vehicles. But skeptics remain unconvinced by the company’s professed commitment to going green, citing GM’s history of battling tougher fuel economy rules.

GM and the EDF are recommending that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establish standards ensuring at least 50% of new vehicles sold by 2030 are zero-emitting while achieving a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, a roadmap that matches up nicely with GM’s plan to make all of its own models electric by 2035.