GM commits to be carbon-neutral by 2040

The largest U.S. automaker, General Motors, has pledged to become carbon-neutral by 2040, an ambitious plan with a deadline a decade sooner than many global automakers.

While GM previously had aimed to become a “zero-emissions automaker” by 2050, the news unveiled Thursday both ramps up and codifies the company’s plans. The commitment includes a strategy to “eliminate tailpipe emissions” from light-duty new vehicles by 2035.

The amped-up ambition shows how global automakers are increasingly setting more aggressive paths to transition away from fossil fuels, the resource that has been the key to powering their industry for a century. Most are embracing batteries as the next-generation fuel resource and prioritizing electrification as the key technology that will power vehicles of the future.