General Motors just confirmed that it is building an all-electric version of the Chevy Silverado pickup truck, the company’s best-selling vehicle. The new truck will be powered by GM’s new EV battery and will offer around 400 miles on a full charge.
The company did not immediately say when the electric Silverado will go on sale, but GM President Mark Reuss said at an event Tuesday that the company will also build commercial versions of the truck focused on the fleet. GM has been testing an electric Silverado for months. It previously said it might not launch an electric pickup until the middle of the decade and hadn’t officially announced it would arrive until Tuesday.
The electric Silverado will be built at “Factory Zero,” Detroit-Hamtramck’s newly renamed plant dedicated to electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles that GM is upgrading at a cost of more than $ 2 billion. It’s the same plant where GM will build the Hummer SUV and the all-electric Hummer truck.
An electric Silverado is a big step for GM and its Chevy brand (the automaker plans to sell about 30 electric vehicles worldwide by 2025), but it’s not too surprising considering rival Ford already has an electric F-150 in stock. process. Ford’s electric pickup is due out next year. The Silverado is so important to GM that it currently sells versions of the truck that are missing a microchip that helps improve fuel economy thanks to a global shortage of semiconductors.
A large number of other electric trucks are expected to hit the market in the next few years. Rivian’s R1T pickup will come out later this year. The Tesla Cybertruck is supposed to begin shipping later this year or early 2022. GM’s electric Hummer pickup is slated to go on sale around that same date.
Many other startups are working on electric trucks as well, including Lordstown Motors, which is backed by GM and plans to build its trucks at the legacy automaker’s former factory in Lordstown, Ohio. At one point, GM was negotiating a stake in electric truck company Nikola, which was working on a truck before it was embroiled in a scandal. Before that, GM reportedly wanted an exclusive deal with Rivian, leaving room for Ford to partner with that electric vehicle startup.
The Silverado EV will undoubtedly be a flagship of the custom electric vehicle platform GM announced last year, called Ultium. Designed to be modular, the Ultium platform is what will power most of GM’s upcoming EVs. The company has promised that the platform will be able to provide up to 400 miles of range in the largest configurations, and that Ultium-built trucks will feature an 800-volt architecture that allows for really fast charging.