When the GMC Hummer EV enters production in 2021, it will mark the first steps towards incorporating electric vehicles into the brand’s portfolio. Considering the fact that General Motors plans to roll out 30 new electric vehicles before 2025, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the electric pickup won’t be the only EV to wear a GMC badge. We already knew that an SUV variant of the Hummer is due sometime in 2023, but a new report from the Detroit Free Press has shined some light on yet another model. According to one GM dealership president, a GMC Sierra EV is currently in the works.
Word of this new electric pickup comes from Lynn Thompson, president of Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac in Springfield, Missouri. Thompson told the publication that GM does indeed have plans to build a GMC Sierra EV, but that there is currently no timeline in place. The dealer further noted that the process of electrification is a moving target within the brand, as GM begins its latest overhaul.
The addition of a GMC Sierra EV to the lineup isn’t much of a surprise. GM already teased the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV at the Barclays Global Automotive Conference last month. As soon as that project came to light, it was only a matter of time before we got a GMC counterpart. Both the Silverado and Sierra EV will be built on the BT1 Platform that currently underpins the Hummer EV, and will utilize the same Ultium Battery technology. Furthermore, it is expected that all three electric pickups will be produced at GM’s Factory Zero site. Beyond that, we don’t have much information at this time.
The confirmation of a GMC Sierra EV only furthers the competition in the growing electric truck segment. With Ford outright saying that the electric F-150 doesn’t intend to compete with the Hummer EV, General Motors needs a direct competitor to prevent the Blue Oval from cornering the half-ton EV market. The way in which GMC differentiates the Hummer EV and the Sierra EV to its customers may prove vital in that challenge.