It is clearer than ever the engine driving Normal Motors Co. are automobiles and vans powered by electrical motors. That was the message from GM chair and CEO Mary Barra in discussing the corporate’s 2021 full yr and fourth quarter financial results Tuesday.
In a convention name with monetary analysts after the markets closed, Barra spoke of elevated investments within the manufacturing and growth of electrical autos and battery, accelerating EV introductions and letting shareholders know all that spending means they will not be receiving dividends in the interim.
Barra mentioned deliberate introductions of a number of EV fashions are being hastened and the corporate additionally deliberate to renew manufacturing of the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV sooner or later, declaring, “we now have set a goal to ship 400,000 EVs in North America over the course of 2022 and 2023.”
To satisfy anticipated elevated EV demand, Barra mentioned the corporate will proceed to transform some crops producing inner combustion energy autos to EVs and put money into a 3rd plant to construct electrical vans in North America and a fourth U.S. manufacturing facility to provide battery cells to be introduced the primary half of this yr.
Final week GM introduced it is going to make investments $7 billion in its residence state of Michigan partly, to spice up electrical car and battery manufacturing together with constructing a brand new battery cell plant.
Cognizant electrical autos fetch a value premium placing them out of consideration for a lot of shoppers, Barra revealed the automaker would, sooner or later, pivot from costly pickup truck and SUV EVs to inexpensive fashions, saying, “inexpensive EVs are a part of the market.”
Barra dropped this information as the corporate reported internet earnings of $10 billion in 2021 up from $6.4 billion the yr earlier than regardless of a tricky fourth quarter the place earnings declined 39% from This autumn 2020 to $1.7 billion within the face of gross sales affected by skinny inventories because of the lingering results of the semiconductor scarcity impairing manufacturing.
Certainly GM’s fourth quarter gross sales worldwide fell to 742,000 items from 1.01 million a yr in the past and declined for the complete yr to 2.85 million from 3.37 million in 2020, however gross sales of high-prices pickup vans and SUVs moderated these declines.
However each Barra and GM chief monetary officer Paul Jacobson painted optimistic outlooks for this yr predicting attenuation of the semiconductor chip scenario and elevated earnings.
Jacobson famous the chip scarcity appear to abate in the course of the fourth quarter and provide would enhance all year long to the purpose the place,“we anticipate complete firm quantity to extend 25%-30% year-over-year with a majority of improve in second half of the yr.”
He predicted industrywide U.S. gross sales for 2022 would are available round 16 million items as car manufacturing slowly ramped up with an improved semiconductor chip provide.
Barra conveyed her confidence in a letter to shareholders, writing,“With an enhancing outlook for semiconductors within the U.S. and China, we anticipate our 2022 outcomes will stay robust. Actually, we anticipate our EBIT-adjusted earnings to stay at or close to file ranges within the vary of $13 billion — $15 billion, all whereas investing extra yr over yr in our development companies like Cruise, BrightDrop and our quickly accelerating portfolio of electrical autos.”
Certainly the Cruise autonomous car unit hit a milestone this week inviting the general public in San Francisco to make a reservation on its web site for rides in one in every of its electrical robotaxis.
“This main milestone brings Cruise even nearer to providing its first pay trip and
$50 billion in annual income by finish of decade,” mentioned Barra who lately took her first trip in a Cruise car calling it the “spotlight” of her profession.