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It Doesn’t Look Like Today’s Silverado

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A General Motors design proposal of the Chevrolet Silverado EV teased during the 2020 Barclays Automotive Conference

General Motors participated in the 2020 Barclays Global Automotive Conference today, and took the liberty to tease some important electric vehicles that the company claims will hit the road no later than 2025. While we have spent no shortage of time writing about the 2022 GMC Hummer EV up to this point, a more attainable electric pickup truck was teased today: a Chevrolet Silverado EV. With the Ford F-150 Electric being hyped recently, this quiet reveal seems to be an GM’s rebuttal to growing electric vehicle space.

The electric Chevrolet pickup truck was used as a background prop, and other images of the vehicle aside from two camera angles were otherwise unavailable. What we can make out, however, is a very polygonal body style, there’s no division between the truck bed and the cab, and there appears to be minimal sculpting done to the front fascia. It has little resemblance to the Silverado of today, and little resemblance to sketches teased by GM Design. That said, there’s a chance that the Silverado EV will look different from what we see here today by the time Chevrolet shares more details, based on the swift development timeline we’re observing with the Hummer EV.

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Travis Hester, in front of Chevy’s upcoming electric truck.

Little is otherwise known right now of the Chevrolet Silverado EV. But here’s what we do know: it will share the same platform as the Hummer EV, as well as its battery technology. In other words, the GM BT1 Platform, and the highly modular Ultium battery system, with a range target 400 miles on a single charge. When it eventually comes to market, expect it to be produced at the GM Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant alongside the Hummer EV, which was recently rebranded as “Factory Zero” for buzzy reasons. GM has earmarked a staggering $2.2 billion USD in this plant alone for re-tooling, while the Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee will see another $2 billion. This kind of money alone could lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy of an All Electric Future™.

During the presentation, GM CEO Mary Barra, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain Doug Parks, and Chief EV Officer Travis Hester detailed the company’s electric vehicle strategy, with Chevrolet launching a refreshed Bolt EV, a larger Bolt EUV, “Crossovers”, “Low Roof Entries,” and a “Full-Size Pickup.” Indeed, they stopped short of calling this electric truck a Silverado EV. And it could very well be called something else when it hits the market, but we don’t know at this time.

Pricing and other information for the Chevrolet Silverado EV remain at large, but we can safely assume it will take the fight directly to the Ford F-150 Electric, which will launch in 2022. Based on Ford CEO Jim Farley’s remarks that the upcoming F-150 EV will not price the truck around the six-figure mark, contrary to more lifestyle oriented trucks like the Rivian R1T, Bollinger B2, and Hummer EV Edition 1. The Silverado EV will likely follow suit of the electric Ford truck.

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

The electric pickup truck market appears to be a big arms race right now. Established automakers from the likes of GM and Ford, and now even FCA, are working around the clock to bring their respective plug-in trucks to production before the other. In this space are also several newcomers. Telsa, Rivian, Bollinger, Lordstown Motors and (maybe) Nikola are all hungry contenders. That said, demand for these vehicles remains a big question that won’t truly be answered until these vehicles come to fruition. However, there are early positive signs. For example, Ford has decreed that it will boost F-150 Electric production by 50 percent from its original targets, while the Hummer EV Edition 1 was fully reserved in just 10 minutes, with thousands more on a waiting list.

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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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