One Cool Thing: GM Makes an EV Splash at Consumer Electronics Show

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GM unveiled big plans at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show for electric vehicles — driverless “shuttle” vans and even – imagine this – flying cars.  CEO Mary Barra, the keynote speaker, unveiled a new company logo and highlighted innovative new vehicles.  The company has created a new unit called BrightDrop that will sell its EV600 electric van starting later this year.  And by 2040, the “personal air mobility” market may be worth $1.5 trillion by 2040, according to Morgan Stanley. Wow – The Jetsons could be a reality within 20 years!

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