The truck will join an increasingly crowded field of competitors from established automakers like Ford (F), who has previously said he will make an electric version of his F-Series pickup, as well as startups, such as You’re here (TSLA), with the Cybertruck, and Rivian, with the R1T.
The new electric Silverado will not be a modified version of the gasoline or diesel truck equipped with batteries and electric motors. Instead, it will be designed from the start as an electric-only truck, GM said, using the same Ultium electric vehicle engineering that will underpin many of the automaker’s future electric vehicles, including GMC Hummer EV models. and the Cadllac Lyriq SUV.
Designing a vehicle from the ground up for electric motors and batteries only, rather than designing it to also accommodate gasoline powertrains, can provide many benefits. When a vehicle is designed to be fully electric from the start, storage and occupant space, as well as performance and range, can be maximized. However, it takes a big investment to create an entirely separate version of this vehicle.
Business and fleet buyers will be a particular market priority for this new electric truck, GM Chairman Mark Reuss said during a presentation. GM also recently announced that it will also manufacture an electric delivery van for business customers.
GM has previously stated that its Ultium batteries will be capable of providing a range of more than 400 miles on a charge. GM executives have also spoken in the past about making a consumer electric pickup truck. The company recently announced its intention to sell only emission-free vehicles by 2035, although it has yet to release details on when the Electric Silverado will hit showrooms.
The truck will be built at GM’s recently renamed Factory Zero, formerly known as the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. This factory has been redesigned to focus entirely on the manufacture of electric vehicles. This plant will also build the Cruise Origin autonomous electric vehicle like the GMC Hummer EV pickup and the recently unveiled GMC Hummer EV SUV. GM has announced plans to offer up to 30 electric vehicles by the end of 2025.