DETROIT – General Motors will use wind-generated electricity to power production of the 2016-’17 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs, something that may be appealing to green-minded car shoppers.
The Detroit automaker said its Arlington Assembly plant in Texas will soon be able to build up to 125,000 SUVs a year using wind power from turbines.
GM is buying the energy from a Texas wind farm operated by EDP Renovaveis, a renewable energy company.
The plant expects to start using the clean power during the fourth quarter of 2016.
“GM will avoid more than 1 million metric tons of carbon-dioxide emissions – equivalent to the emissions of 112 million gallons of gasoline consumed,” the automaker said.
Wind energy will also help power three GM Mexico facilities beginning in the first quarter of 2016.
Low gasoline prices have boosted demand for SUVs like the Tahoe and Suburban. But some environmental groups have criticized the carbon-dioxide emissions of the big SUVs.
Edmunds says: This intriguing approach to SUV production may factor into the buying equation for environmentally conscious shoppers.