Production of an all-electric Chevrolet Silverado has been confirmed, according to a new report from General Motors.
We say “early stage” because GM’s message is a bit sparse in detail, suggesting that most of the future model exists only on paper so far. We know it will be built alongside the new GMC Hummer at the Zero plant in Detroit-Hamtramck. However, something in the press release still contained – the range of the Silverado EV will be more than 600 km. That’s 140 km more than the electric F-150 would expect.
“The cars coming from Factory Zero will change the world and the way the world perceives electric vehicles,” said a senior brand manager. “The GMC Hummer EV will join its sibling in the true super truck segment, and Chevrolet will take everything loyal customers love about the Silverado – and more – and fit it into an electric pickup truck that will appeal to both retail and commercial customers.”
The latest announcement confirms GM’s determination to boldly dive into the electric car business. The Detroit-based automaker has an ambitious plan to ship over 1 million electric vehicles by 2025, although it’s important to note that this is on a global scale. The Ultium platform will undoubtedly play a role in this initiative, although we don’t expect to see it anytime soon. To GM’s credit, the $ 2.2 billion investment in its Detroit-Hamtramck plant is the largest renovation the company has ever undertaken. The plant will serve as the starting point for GM’s EV strategy for all of its brands.
The timing of the arrival of the Silverado EVs is unknown, but production of GMC Hummer EVs is expected to begin at the Zero plant by the end of the year.