General Motors on Tuesday announced it plans to build a new Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck, at the company’s Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan.
The company says the full-size pickup will be designed “from the ground up” as an electric vehicle, leveraging the Ultium Platform.
“The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles,” GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement.
“The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything Chevy’s loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike,” added Reuss.
The GM Silverado EV will come in consumer and fleet versions; the truck will have a company-estimated range of “more than 400 miles” on a full charge.
GM did not mention any release dates for the Silverado EV, but considering the timeline of the Hummer EV SUV set for 2023 at the earliest, one would think the new Silverado would have a similar timeline or beyond.
The Silverado electric truck hopes to counter Tesla’s Cybertruck, rumoured to start production later this year. Other competition includes Ford’s F-150 electric truck set for 2022, while a Dodge Ram electric truck is also forthcoming. EV startup Rivian plans to start production of its R1T later this summer.