General Motors has entered into the increasingly crowded field of EV platform pickup trucks. As the company has already invested billions in the electric vehicle platform, it now plans to use them across different models and brands. The first among its vehicles to have an all-electric version is the Silverado pickup truck. The company is planning to take on rivals like Ford and Tesla with the new version of electric Silverado. General Motors President Mark Reuss also revealed that the vehicle will be built at the new Factory ZERO of GM. The company is already making Hummer EV at the factory.
Electric Silverado, which will be available in both retail and fleet versions, has been designed from the ground up. The automaker said that the main highlight of the vehicle would be the range of 400 miles on a single charge. The company however said that it could change based on the EPA’s ratings. If the vehicle manages to achieve the range, it will become the rival of Tesla’s 2020 Long-Range Plus Model S. “The vehicles that will come out of GM’s Factory Zero will have leave a long-lasting impression on people. It will change the world. The factory will provide everything to Chevy’s loyal truck buyers in the electric version,” Reuss said.
The company, however, has shied away from sharing more details about the new electric pickup truck Silverado. But reports suggest that GM will begin its production in late 2022. Moreover, the company will make it available for customers in 2023. GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is also the situation at Factory Zero, where an electric Silverado will be manufactured. The automaker has invested over USD 2.2 billion in the facility. The main motive behind the huge investment is to produce a variety of electric SUVs and trucks. Apart from Hummer EV and Silverado EV, General Motors has plans to manufacture Cruise Origin at the plant. Cruise Origin is a self-driving electric shuttle van.