General Motors has confirmed plans to build an electric Chevrolet Silverado.
The company didn’t go into many details, but said the pickup has been “designed from the ground up to be an EV.” As a result, it will ride on the company’s Ultium platform and offer more than 400 miles (644 km) of range.
Little else is known about the model at this point, but the company said the truck will build on the “Silverado’s proven capability.” GM also confirmed there will be retail and fleet versions, and the latter could pose trouble for the Lordstown Endurance.
The Silverado EV will be built at Factory Zero in Michigan, alongside the Cruise Origin as well as the Hummer EV SUT and SUV. The latter models will be available with a variety of powertrains ranging from dual motor setups with up to 625 hp (466 kW / 634 PS) to tri-motor setups with up to 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 PS). However, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Silverado EV has more modest outputs.
GM didn’t give a specific launch date, but the Silverado EV will arrive by 2025. It should be followed by an electric version of the GMC Sierra.
In a statement, GM President Mark Reuss said “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.”
As for the current truck, it isn’t going anywhere as GM told us the announcement “does not impact our current Silverado and commitment to ICEs in the near term.” Quite the opposite as the company will unveil the facelifted Silverado “very soon” and it will have “significant updates in terms of design and capability.”