General Motors has confirmed that it is producing the all-electric Chevy Silverado, the company’s best-selling vehicle.The new truck will be powered by GM’s new EV battery and will provide approximately 400 miles when fully charged
The company did not immediately say when the electric Silverado will go on sale, but GM President Mark Reuss said at an event on Tuesday that it would produce a line of commercial vehicle-focused models with GM mimicking the electric Silverado for months. It previously said it might not launch an EV pickup until the middle of the decade and had not yet officially announced the truck would arrive until Tuesday.
The electric Silverado will be built at “Factory Zero”;, the newly refurbished plant of Detroit-Hamtramck for EVs and AVs, where GM is repairing new tools for more than $ 2 billion. It’s the same factory where GM will make all-electric Hummer SUVs and Hummer pickups.
The electric Silverado is a milestone for GM and Chevy brand.The automaker is planning to sell 30 electric vehicles worldwide by 2025, but it’s no surprise that Ford’s competitors already have the electric F-150 in the portfolio. Ford’s electric pickup truck is due out next year.The Silverado is so important to GM that the microchip-less version of the truck is now on sale that improves fuel economy due to a global shortage of semiconductors.
Other electric pickups are likely to hit the market in the next few years.The Rivian’s R1T pickup is due out later this year.Tesla’s Cybertruck is expected to begin shipping around the end of this year or early 2022. GM’s electric was intended to be sold around the same time.
Many other startups are working on electric pickups as well, such as Lordstown Motors, which is backed by GM and is planning to manufacture the trucks at the automaker’s former factory in Lordstown, Ohio.GM is in talks. To acquire a stake in Nikola, an electric truck startup that was working on a pickup truck before it turned into a scandal. Before that, it was reported that GM wanted a unique deal with Rivian that gave Ford room to partner with that EV startup.
The Silverado EV will undoubtedly be the flagship vehicle of the custom electric vehicle platform GM announced last year as Ultium. Designed as a modular, the Ultium platform is what will power most of GM’s upcoming electric vehicles.The company has promised that the platform will be able to offer up to 400 miles in a large configuration. And the trucks built with Ultium will have an 800-volt architecture that allows for really fast charging.