GM Announces Delay of Cruise EV Launch

The automobile industry is in a state of flux, mostly caught in the middle of consumer demand for electric and hybrid-fuel vehicles as well as self-driving options. This demand is quite heavy, so everyone is in a rush to bring reliable, affordable vehicles to the US market; but many companies are having trouble reaching the scale necessary for a full launch. 

General Motors, for example, has recently updated the public on the progress of its self-driving unit—the Chevy Cruise—as they look to achieve large scale development at its San Francisco plant; which includes a scaled buildout of its EV infrastructure. 

According to GM CEO Dan Ammann, the investment in the Chevy Cruise EV infrastructure is set to included “the largest EV fast charger station in the country.”  While no other details have been provided regarding this claim, it seems Ammann wants to compete—or surpass—what is already, perhaps, the largest EV charging station in the United States:  the 40-unit Tesla Kettleman City Supercharger station. 

But Ammann’s ambition certainly makes sense, since GM’s Cruise model is already the largest fleet of all-electric self-driving vehicles in the world.  This fleet uses the technology from Chevy’s Bolt EV model. Furthermore, Ammann reports that Cruise owns “nearly 40 percent” of all the EV fast charging stations in its headquartered city of San Francisco. 

All this in mind, though, Cruise had wanted to launch their driverless taxi services by the end of this year but apparently testing its going to take more time than they had originally anticipated.  

Ammann updates, “In order to reach the level of performance and safety validation required to deploy a fully driverless service in San Francisco, we will be significantly increasing our testing and validation miles over the balance of this year, which has the effect of carrying the timing of fully driverless deployment beyond the end of the year.”