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But The UAW Has Turned Down The Automaker’s Bargaining Proposal

As of midnight, the United Auto Workers union has launched a strike on General Motors and all of its manufacturing facilities. Laborers walked off the line in assembly plants all over America, including the Fort Wayne and Flint Assembly plants where the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra half-ton and HD trucks are built, respectively. Negotiations haven’t gone well, but the Detroit automaker has shown a surprising amount of transparency by detailing intent to build an electric pickup truck in the United States. And according to The Detroit News, that GM electric truck would have been built at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, where it’s been starved for product.

A fully electric pickup truck from General Motors has been rumored shortly after talks with startup EV truck and SUV maker Rivian fell through earlier this year in April. Shortly after, a $500 million deal was announced between Rivian and Ford Motor Company. Ford plans on launching an all-electric F-150 by 2022, and Chairman Bill Ford Jr hinted that its acceleration could rival the mighty Raptor. Public demand for such a vehicle is extremely unclear.

2020 GMC Sierra HD Original Design Sketch

As for a future GM electric truck, it’s understood that the company has put together some of its best engineers to get the job done. According to Reuters, Chevrolet Bolt EV chief engineer Josh Tavel is largely leading the project. Former Chevrolet Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser is also a figurehead in GM’s future electrification efforts. As for what the GM electric truck could be called, it’s still unknown, but even the Hummer name has been thrown in the mix.

General Motors and the UAW are expected to be working around the clock to come to a collective bargaining agreement, and if the automaker can promise some future product to unallocated plants, then it only helps their case. The national UAW strike otherwise comes at a time where the union is embattled in a far-reaching corruption scandal that includes their highest ranking officers and most important members.

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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