GM Announces All-Electric Silverado EV To Be Built Alongside Hummer At Factory Zero
The Silverado EV Will Have More Than 400 Miles Of Range And Will Be Sold Alongside Current Models.
We knew it was coming. In fact, we've heard GM President Mark Reuss reference the forthcoming all-electric Silverado pickup in presentations prior. However, at a joint presentation at GM's Detorit-Hamtramck assembly plant, Plant Zero, Reuss officially confirmed that the all-electric Silverado EV pickup is coming soon will be assembled alongside the GMC Hummer EV pickup and GMC Hummer EV SUV at Plant Zero.
Reuss mentioned a few other interesting tidbits about the coming all-electric Silverado EV. The all-electric Silverado EV is being designed from the ground-up as an electric vehicle, meaning the company isn't just slapping batteries and motors on the current pickup. The truck will also utilize GM's Ultium battery and drive system platform. Whether this is done in a similar fashion to Hummer's body-on-battery and four-wheel independent suspension setup or in a more traditional body-on-frame and live axle configuration is yet to be seen. GM said that they will be putting a particular focus on fleet and commercial customers, with models designed just for fleets.
Most exciting, however, was the mention that the all-electric Silverado EV will come with more than 400 miles of electric range on a full charge. This is impressive considering the top spec Hummer EV pickup is expected to get 350 miles of range per charge, while the SUV is expected to do 300 miles. This isn't overly surprising, though, as the current Silverado 1500 pickup has a wheelbase that is between 10 and 20 inches longer than the coming Hummer EV pickup, which provides more space for Ultium battery modules.
Before closing, Reuss said that the coming Silverado EV will be "packed with features" and "innovations that customers can't even imagine yet." He also said that more news will follow in the months to come, so we would expect to get a fuller picture of the Silverado EV by the end of summer.
And before you break out the pitchforks and torches, GM also announced today that the all-electric Silverado EV will be sold alongside the current lineup of Silverado pickups and the announcement does not affect GM's commitment to internal combustion engines in the near term. Regarding the current Silverado lineup, GM representatives also noted "In fact, we have significant updates in terms of design and capability coming very soon, which we will announce later this year. Chevrolet will continue to offer today's loyal truck customers new features, trims and technologies, while simultaneously growing the Silverado franchise with a compelling all-electric truck."
While details are still incredibly sparse, we expect the all-electric Silverado EV will hit the road as a 2024 model and begin production sometime in 2023.