It's definitely happening, and it's going to be epic.
The Chevrolet Silverado is a workhorse, but as is usually the case, Ford is ahead of the game. It already offers a hybrid version of the F-150, and an all-electric model is in the works. But GM isn't waiting to get steamrolled, and has begun the process of getting its own electric pickup developed. There were rumors of such a vehicle back in February of 2019, and then again in June. But Chevy only admitted that those rumors were valid last month.
So what can we expect? Well, we have a previous render below that we sourced from an independent artist (pictured in red), and we've had a crack at styling it ourselves too. Beyond the looks, read on to see what is most likely to feature when it reaches production.
According to GM President Mark Reuss, the Silverado 1500 Electric will be built at the company's Factory ZERO assembly plant in Hamtramck, Michigan. This is the same factory where the GMC Hummer will be put together.
The Silverado EV will be new. The pickup is "designed from the ground up to be an EV" and will run on GM's all-electric Ultium Platform, so it will be similar to the Hummer - just not a copy in a different body. GM has yet to confirm what sort of power output we can expect, but other vehicles on the same platform are capable of producing between 625 and 1,000 horsepower.
Other than that, we can tell you that the electric Silverado will be more practical and less luxurious than the GMC Hummer and "will offer customers a variety of options." Although the release date of the Silverado has yet to be announced, you can bet on a long wait.
The GMC Hummer will only start being produced this fall (assuming GM doesn't suffer yet another setback), so the Silverado EV will likely follow at least a year later. We estimate that it will arrive in mid-late 2022 as a 2023 model. Worth waiting for? We think so. This truck will retain the values that make the regular Silverado such a competent F-150 competitor while Ultium EV power will see it perform brilliantly on any surface. We can't wait for the crab walk.