General Motors has just confirmed that it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, which is the company’s best-selling car. The new truck will be powered by GM’s new EV battery and can travel about 400 miles when fully charged.
The company did not immediately disclose when the electric Silverado will go on sale, but General Motors President Mark Reuss said at an event on Tuesday that the company will also produce trucks for commercial fleets. General Motors has been teasing the electric Silverado for months. Previously, the company said that it might wait until the middle of a decade before releasing an electric pickup truck, and did not officially announce the arrival of the truck until Tuesday.
The electric Silverado will be produced at the “Zero Factory”
The electric Silverado is a big step for General Motors and its Chevrolet brand-the automaker plans to sell about 30 electric vehicles worldwide by 2025-but considering that rival Ford is already producing an electric F-150, this is Not surprising. Ford’s electric pickup truck will be launched next year. Silverado is so important to General Motors that due to a global shortage of semiconductors, the truck version it is currently selling lacks microchips to improve fuel economy.
In the next few years, there will be many other electric pickups on the market. Rivian’s R1T pickup truck will be available later this year. Tesla’s “Cybertruck” was supposed to go on sale sometime at the end of this year or early 2022. General Motors’ own Hummer electric pickup truck will go on sale at the same time.
Many other start-up companies are also engaged in the development of electric pickup trucks, including Lordstown Motors, which is supported by General Motors, and plan to produce trucks at the traditional car manufacturer’s former factory in Lordstown, Ohio. General Motors was negotiating to acquire a stake in electric truck startup Nikola. According to reports, before that, General Motors hopes to reach an exclusive agreement with Rivian, which leaves Ford room for cooperation with the electric car startup.
There is no doubt that Silverado EV will become the flagship model of Ultium, a customized electric vehicle platform announced by General Motors last year. The Ultium platform is designed to be modular and can power most of GM’s upcoming electric vehicles. The company has promised that the platform will be able to provide up to 400 miles of cruising range in the maximum configuration, and trucks based on Ultium will use an 800-volt architecture to achieve true fast charging.