Just don't expect it to come all that soon.
It's not just sedans, hatchbacks, and crossovers that are going electric. So too will pickup trucks... some day. And when that day comes, General Motors doesn't plan to watch from the sidelines.
Automobile reports that GM plans to launch an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado. The news stems from a question posed to by an analyst during GM's recent financial-earnings conference call. Asked whether the company was working on an electric Silverado, GM CEO Mary Barra answered: "We believe in an all EV future so you’ll have to stay tuned.”
That's about as vague an answer as we've ever heard, but it's not the first time word has come out of a battery-powered full-size pickup in the works at General Motors. Just a few weeks ago, news surfaced of just such a project under way for an electric GMC Sierra – the Silverado's twin.
Barra added that electric vehicles will become profitable early next decade, and that GM's partnership with Honda and strength in the Chinese market will put it in a solid position to expand its EV portfolio. It just might take a while until that translates to full-size trucks.
GM isn't the only one working on then problem, though. Tesla has plans to launch a pickup. EV startup Rivian is working to bring its R1T to market, and Atlis is aiming to do the same with its XT. Meanwhile Ford has announced its intention to produce an electric F-150, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Volkswagen collaborate on a battery-powered future Amarok, too. Given Toyota and Nissan's experience with electrified vehicles, it'll likely only be a matter of time before we see electric Tundras and Titans as well. Just don't expect to see them in showrooms in the next few years.