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Mary Barra Touched A Bit On The Chevrolet Silverado EV During GM’s Q1 2021 Earnings Call

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General Motors recently held its Q1 2021 earnings call with analysts this week, smashing expectations, and shining a light at the end of the tunnel for the continued global microchip shortage that affects vehicle production and inventory. Beyond the strong earnings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra and newly minted GM CFO Paul Jacobson fielded questions from the analysts, which touched on everything from dealer inventories, to the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV. The electric pickup truck, expected to share the same Ultium platform with the likes of the GMC Hummer EV, is expected to be a vital product offering in what’s soon to be a deluge of electric pickup trucks.

“Strong Demand” For Chevrolet Silverado EV

“We’ve gotten really strong response from commercial and government owners as a lot of fleet customers are looking to have zero emission vehicles, said Barra, answering a question from Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner. “We have incredible know-how in this company on how to do full-size trucks, and we’re taking that into into an EV-propelled vehicle. I think that’s going to give us the winning formula.”

“I’m excited to share (Chevrolet Silverado EV) with everyone, because it’s just stunning,” she continued. “I think we’re gonna see strong demand there. It will, along with some other products, be an important part of getting to our goal to have North America leadership. It’s one of a few or several getting into the high volume segments that obviously we need to do and GM is well positioned to do building on the Ultium Platform to achieve that leadership.”

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The front fascia of the Chevrolet Silverado EV is teased on the right of GM CEO Barra.

General Motors: 2035 EV “Aspiration”

“There’s some important products coming… with the investments that we’ve made over the last 5-7 years with new platforms from an ICE perspective. Whether it’s small, mid or full size trucks or  SUVs, we don’t have to make huge investments in architectures,” said GM CEO Mary Barra, answering a question from Bank of America’s John Murphy, asking what ICE vehicles will still be launched between now and 2025, just four years out. “It’s mainly making sure those customers win in the marketplace from a customer-facing perspective. That’s what we’ll be focused on frankly between now and 2035 when our aspiration is to sell all EVs from a light-duty vehicle perspective.”

While Barra – who was recently on the cover of Time Magazine – wouldn’t detail some of the new ICE vehicles on the horizon, there are quite a few, but entirely new models are slim. Variants such as the 2023 Cadillac Escalade-V and 2022 Corvette Z06 are bound to grab headlines between now and their inevitable debuts. Refreshes for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 are also imminent, highlighted by the 2022 Silverado ZR2 off-road pickup truck. As for next-generation models, look for an all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in a few years’ time. Additionally, GM has trademarked recent names like Cheyenne, which could point to another vehicle, but details remain slim for now.

Hummer EV's Ultium Battery Pack designed by General Motors and LG Chem
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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