The automotive industry is shifting to green power, and not just the cars themselves, but also the facilities used to produce them. Cars are becoming hybrid and electric, and solar power is the most promising renewable energy source to power them, given that it is found everywhere and is becoming more affordable year by year. However, automakers themselves are also implementing solar power in their manufacturing facilities, even if such facilities are used to manufacture gas cars. General Motors is a leading company in the adoption of solar power, and will soon make the production of its Chevy Corvette greener.
Earlier in December 2015, General Motors announced it would soon start installing an 850-kilowatt solar array on its Corvette manufacturing plant in Kentucky. The array is estimated to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours per year, which is enough energy for the manufacturing process of 850 Corvettes. Being an iconic vehicle, the Corvette will continue to be sold in the long term, even as we approach the age of electric vehicles. According to GM, the Corvette is the most efficient sports car in the market, with a highway rating of 29 mpg.
This project is part of a broader program by GM to become greener, as the company has set forth the ambitious goal of cutting down its carbon footprint by 20 percent, by the year 2020. As of now, GM is the number one automaker in the USA in terms of solar power adoption: they are soon expected to reach an installed solar power capacity of 11.4 megawatts in US-based facilities alone, and a global capacity of 48 megawatts.
According to the recently released report by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), its Solar Means Business report, where it ranked US companies in general according to their adoption of solar power: GM was #21, closely followed by Toyota at #25. GM is also committed to reducing the carbon footprint of the vehicles it manufactures, and has established the following goals for the year 2017:
- Having 500,000 vehicles on the road using electricity, including hybrid and fully electric models. This will reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles, while stimulating the solar power market.
- Doubling the number of car models in the USA which are capable of achieving a fuel efficiency above 40 mpg.
General Motors is participating in the transition to a green power grid as well. as The company is one of the founding buyers in the Business Renewables Center, an initiative by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) which has the goal of adding 60 gigawatts of solar and wind power capacity to the US grid by the year 2025. It seems President’s Clean Power Plan is having a positive response among corporations, even those not commonly considered “green” such as automakers.
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