General Motors Sustainability Newsletter - July 2017

Jul 7, 2017 11:15 AM ET
GM Scales Autonomous Vehicle Fleet to 180 Electric Cars
GM is using mass-production methods to manufacture 130 fully electric Chevrolet Bolt EV test vehicles equipped with self-driving technology at an assembly plant in Michigan. These vehicles will join the 50 already deployed in San Francisco, Scottsdale and metro Detroit. GM is testing these self-driving cars and collecting real-world data, ensuring they meet the company’s strict safety and quality standards.
Transforming a Business Starts with Employees
GM’s chief talent officer, Michael Arena, knows the power of culture and employees. In an industry that is poised for radical disruption, like automotive, it is critical to disrupt the way employees work to not only keep pace with start-ups, but to transform veteran companies. Arena’s core objective is to develop a culture where people feel connected and empowered.
Focus on Culture, Collaboration and Creativity to Drive Corporate Sustainability
For Bridget Burnell, GM’s manager of environmental sustainability initiatives, sustainability is more than just her job – it’s personal. Read how Bridget shares her role in the company's sustainability journey.
Maven Gig Expands to San Francisco
San Franciscans can hustle hard in the freelance economy with a Maven car for all of their driving gigs. Maven Gig is expanding its initial offering in San Diego to now include San Francisco. The service will launch in Los Angeles later this year. Maven has partnered with industry-leading apps in package delivery, food delivery and ride-hailing, creating a one-stop shop to maximize earning potential for gig drivers.
Chevrolet Offers Parents Safety Technology That Acts Like Extra Set of Eyes
Summer is here and Chevrolet wants to help parents avoid situations where summer moments become tragic incidents. That’s where Chevrolet’s Surround Vision technology can help. Surround Vision, available on the all-new 2018 Equinox, provides a 360-degree bird’s-eye view around the vehicle by acting like multiple sets of eyes that help drivers quickly view their vehicle’s perimeter during low-speed maneuvers such as backing up or parking.
GM Intensifies Push to Train Young People for Jobs of the Future
GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra and nonprofit leaders introduced new, innovative programs designed to encourage young people to go into technology and engineering professions and improve teacher training in STEM-related subjects. Noting rapid technological advancements in electrified and self-driving vehicles, cybersecurity and connectivity, Barra said automakers’ futures depend on a deep and diverse pool of talented engineers. 
Remarks by Mary Barra Chairman & CEO, General Motors to the Orion Assembly Autonomous Vehicle Announcement 
"In December, we announced that GM would build its next-generation autonomous test vehicle here at Orion.  Production of those vehicles began in January, making GM the first and – to this day – the only automotive company to assemble self-driving vehicles in a mass-production facility."
Fuel Cell Joint Venture to Create 100 New Jobs
Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), the joint venture company established by General Motors and Honda for the production of advanced hydrogen fuel cell systems, revealed its company logo at an event where local elected officials were recognized for helping bring the operation to metro Detroit.
Light Electrification Leads 2018 Buick LaCrosse Updates
The Buick LaCrosse expands its technological credentials by adding eAssist light electrification for the 2018 model. The combination of an electric motor with Buick’s latest 2.5L four-cylinder engine delivers quiet, refined and spirited efficient performance backed by the value and customer experience expected of Buick.
The Founding Members of the Climate Leadership Council Announced
The Climate Leadership Council is an international policy institute founded in collaboration with a who’s who of business, opinion and environmental leaders to promote a carbon dividends framework as the most cost-effective, equitable and politically-viable climate solution. On June 20, 2017, the Climate Leadership Council announced its Founding Members, including GM, with a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal.