The era of the electric pickup truck is very nearly upon us. With offerings coming to market in the next few years from Tesla, Hummer, Bollinger, Nikola, Rivian and Ford, it’s surely going to be a contentious segment. Well thanks to some info hidden on page 39 of GM’s 2019 Sustainability Report that was released yesterday, we now have a bit of knowledge pertaining to what’s believed to be a Chevrolet Silverado EV.
We say a bit of knowledge, as the document doesn’t provide us with all that much detail when it comes to the electric Chevrolet Silverado. What we do know is that Chevy is aiming to produce a vehicle that is capable of returning 400 miles of EV range on a single charge. We also know that this truck is slated to join the full-size segment, joining the likes of the upcoming 2022 F-150 with battery power.
Reports from last year eluded to GM readying an electric smorgasbord full-size vehicles, including a Chevrolet Silverado EV and Cadillac Escalade EV. Additionally, this 400 mile range could also be a clue as to what we can expect for the upcoming Hummer EV, which is also said to have 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque. This upcoming family of vehicles are expected to be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, as well as feature independent front and rear suspension systems with as many as three motors powering the four wheels.
It is likely that this battery electric truck will utilize the same Ultium battery technology that General Motors has already earmarked for the GMC Hummer EV. In Hummer spec, the range-topping model is said to be powered by a 800 volt battery pack capable of delivering 1,000 HP, which will propel the Hummer to 60 mph in three seconds flat.
That being said, it’s expected that the Hummer EV truck and SUV are going to be a more up-market offering than an electric Chevrolet Silverado EV. General Motors CEO Mary Barra has already stated that the EV revolution will likely take decades, but as we continue to move forward expect more of these battery-powered trucks. The real question remains whether or not these trucks will actually attract buyers, or if they will be left to watch as the Cybertruck and Elon’s disciples dominate the segment.