GM has invested billions in its Ultium EV platform, so you can expect the automaker to use the technology to electrify models across all of its makes. One of its vehicles that will soon have an electric version is the Silverado pickup, announced General Motors President Mark Reuss. It also revealed that the electrified pickup will be built in GM’s new Factory ZERO, alongside the recently announced Hummer EV.
The automaker says the electric Silverado was designed from the ground up to be an electric vehicle and will be available in retail and fleet versions. It will also be able to go 400 miles on a single charge, at least by GM’s estimate. That could change based on the EPA rating, but if the vehicle can actually go 400 miles without recharging, then its range rivals Tesla’s 2020 Long Range Plus Model S.
Reuss said in a statement:
“The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world and the way the world views electric vehicles,” Reuss said. “The GMC HUMMER EV SUV joins its stable companion in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything that loyal Chevy truck buyers love about Silverado, and more, and put it in an electric pickup that will delight retail and business customers alike. “
GM didn’t release many details about the upcoming Silverado EV, but according to Autoblog, its production will begin in late 2022. In addition, it is reported that it will be available in early 2023 as a 2024 model. Factory ZERO, where the vehicle will be manufactured, is GM’s assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck. The automaker invested $ 2.2 billion in the facility, specifically to be able to produce a variety of fully electric trucks and SUVs. In addition to the Silverado EV and Hummer EV, which will begin production later this year, GM will also build Cruise Origin (a self-contained electric van) at the factory.