It is no secret that the automotive industry is embracing the electric vehicle segment. General Motors, America’s largest automaker, has made some serious commitments related to this transition. The automaker has announced plans to have 30 EVs on their books by 2025, which will utilize their Ultium Battery technology. They’ve also stated that they’d like to produce only zero-emissions passenger vehicles by 2035, and become fully carbon neutral by the year 2040. Of course that announcement was a bit more nuanced than some folks initially realized. According to an announcement this morning from General Motors, the new GMC Hummer EV SUV isn’t the only electric vehicle news coming from GM this week. In fact, GM President Mark Ruess shared that the the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, now known as GM Factory Zero, will build the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV.
Little (official) details are shared about the Chevrolet Silverado EV, but it’s expected that the truck will deliver more than 400 miles on a full charge. For comparison, the 2023 Ford F-150 Electric (perhaps called E-150) is rumored to have a range of 300 miles, but is going to beat the Chevy to market by what could be at least a year.
GM didn’t reveal the production timeline of the Chevrolet Silverado EV today, but a previous disclosure during the 2020 Barclays Global Automotive Conference seems to put the timeline around 2023. Analysts also believe we could be getting news on the electric GMC Sierra variant due a year later, as well as the electrified version of the Cadillac Escalade slated for 2024. Of course, the mighty Hummer EV is paving the way for GM’s ambitions on the BT1 platform: the Ultium-based electric vehicle architecture that will underpin every large truck and SUV from the electric Silverado to the electric Escalade.
True demand for electric pickup trucks remains a mystery, but Ford has already made waves with their upcoming electric F-150 model, which is reportedly more popular among truck buyers than the Cybertruck. The F-150 may dominate full-size truck sales in the States, but the multi-brand approach from GM does tend to come out ahead overall. The addition of a Silverado EV will likely add to the hand-raising, and the hype.
At some point, the GM Factory Zero site could be building up to six or more vehicles, with the Hummer EV SUV, Hummer EV pickup truck, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle all confirmed for now, and more likely to be officially confirmed later. While this may seem like a massive number for one plant, most of these vehicles will likely share significant platform components, especially when it comes to the batteries, which is considered to be the most expensive part of any EV.
While the GMC Hummer EV twins marked the first part of GM’s upcoming electric truck and SUV onslaught, more and more of these machines will be rolled out in the coming years. In order to keep up with their projected timeline, making an announcement this week makes a ton of sense. While we likely won’t get a ton of details surrounding the Chevrolet Silverado EV at this time, the wait is only going to get shorter from here.
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