Here Are All the Promises Automakers Have Made about Electric Cars

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In the decade since the Nissan Leaf became the first contemporary, mass-produced electric vehicle, plenty of automakers have jumped on the EV bandwagon with their own EVs or a plug-ins, and self-recharging hybrids like the Toyota Prius are downright commonplace. But so far no major legacy (read: not Tesla) automaker has put all its eggs in the EV basket. Whether because of looming regulatory targets or the increased public interest in electric cars, that seems to be changing. The dribble of EV and plug-in launches has turned into an avalanche of news about accelerated EV timelines and emissions-reduction goals. Only time will tell if the events foretold in these announcements will actually come to pass or if it’s all just fodder for a future-focused investor class.

One note before you continue: When carmakers talk about electrified vehicles, they’re counting hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs, and in some cases hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the mix. And when a single model has several different electrified variants (for example, the Prius’s hybrid and plug-in models), carmakers will count each of those separately towards their electrification goals.

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2021

GM released the all-new 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and revised Bolt EV (pictured at left) on Feb. 14. GMC Hummer EV production starts this fall.

Sometime this year BMW will show the first all-electric M badge car, perhaps an M-sport version of the electric i4 sedan.

Stellantis plans to launch 10 hybrid or electric models across its brands (including a plug-in Wrangler) by the end of the year.

Jaguar Land Rover says it will begin testing a hydrogen fuel-cell prototype sometime in 2021 or early 2022.

2023

A Honda EV built in partnership with GM, reportedly a crossover, is expected to enter production. (Pictured: the SUV e:concept Honda displayed at the Beijing auto show in 2020.)

Mazda plans to show at least two plug-in hybrids by the end of the year.

Nissan plans to have launched eight EVs by the end of the year and hopes to be on pace to sell 1 million hybrid or electric vehicles per year globally.

2024

An Acura EV—built in partnership with GM—is planned to enter production.

Land Rover is expected to show its first all-electric vehicle.

2025

Audi plans to have 30 electrified vehicles by 2025, and 20 of those models will be EVs.

BMW said as early as 2017 that it expects sales of hybrid and electric vehicles to account for 15 to 25 percent of its global sales by 2025.

Ford says it will invest $29 billion in EVs through 2025.

GM announced it will invest $27 billion in EVs through 2025. The company plans to have 30 EVs on the market, 20 of which will be available in North America.

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Hyundai vows to have 23 EVs worldwide by 2025, underpinned by its new E-GMP platform that was unveiled in late 2020; future Kia EVs will use that platform as well.

Jaguar plans to be all-electric.

Land Rover promises to have six EVs by the end of the year.

Toyota plans to launch 60 new hybrid, electric, or fuel-cell vehicles by the end of the year and expects to have reached its goal of selling 5.5 million electrified offerings each year.

Volkswagen plans to have built 1.5 million EVs across its brands by the end of the year. (Pictured: 2021 ID.4.)

Volvo has pledged to put 1 million hybrid or electric vehicles on the road by the end of the year, and expects 50 percent of its global sales to come from EVs.

2026

Kia promises it will have 11 EVs in production by the end of the year.

Mazda plans to show the platform for a new generation of electric vehicles in the early part of the year.



Jaguar Land Rover
plans to phase out diesel powertrains completely.

2030

A U.K. ban on the sale of diesel- and gas-powered cars is expected to go into effect.

Kia expects EVs to account for 40 percent of production.

Mazda plans to offer a hybrid or electric variant for every nameplate in its lineup by the end of the year.

Mitsubishi plans for 50 percent of its global sales to come from hybrid or electric vehicles.

Subaru expects 40 percent of its global sales to come from hybrid or electric vehicles.

Volkswagen is targeting 60 percent hybrid or EV sales in the European market.

2035

GM aims to have eliminated diesel and gas powertrains from its light-duty lineup.

Subaru plans to have a hybrid or electric version of every vehicle in its lineup.

2036

Jaguar Land Rover is targeting zero tailpipe emissions.

2050

Mazda, Mitsubishi, and Nissan have said they plan to reach net-zero carbon emissions.

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