And it's coming with HUGE range.
General Motors first hinted at an electric pickup truck a few years ago, and we've seen those plans come to fruition with the GMC Hummer EV Pickup. The Chevrolet Silverado will also spawn an electric variant, and GM just announced some juicy details about it. GM President Mark Reuss officially confirmed that the electric Silverado will be built at the company's Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan.
Formerly known as the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, Factory ZERO will also assemble other GM EVs like the GMC Hummer, Cruise Origin robotaxi, and more. Along with the announcement of where the electric truck will be assembled, Chevy showed off an unrevealing teaser image with a "Silverado" badge.
We can't glean any information from the teaser image, but Chevy did reveal a few key details. The full-size Silverado is "designed from the ground up to be an EV," using GM's all-electric Ultium Platform. Chevy claims the truck will offer a "GM-estimated range" of more than 400 miles on a full charge, which is significantly more than the GMC Hummer. No other details about the powertrain were announced.
Since the Ultium Platform is scalable, we assume the Silverado will have similar underpinnings as the GMC Hummer EV SUV and Pickup. Those vehicles produce anywhere from 625 to 1,000 horsepower, meaning the new Silverado electric pickup could eclipse any existing V8-powered model.
Unlike the GMC Hummer, which is clearly designed as a luxurious adventure vehicle, Chevy wants the electric Silverado to be used more like a traditional pickup truck. The automaker promises that retail and fleet versions "will offer customers a variety of options." GM didn't provide any details about when it will fully announce the Silverado electric pickup. The GMC Hummer EV Pickup won't enter production until Fall 2021, so it could be a while before we see the Silverado.
"The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles," said Reuss. "The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and 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."