The Hummer is getting a sibling and the Silverado a first cousin.
GMC has confirmed that it will launch a second all-electric truck sometime in the near future. Specifics such as a debut date, price, and assembly location were not provided. But we do know it will be full-size just like the also upcoming fully electric Chevy Silverado 1500.
In other words, a GMC Sierra 1500 EV is on its way to sit alongside the Hummer EV truck and SUV in showrooms. The Hummer models will definitely be bigger and more expensive. However, GMC refused to divulge the name of its new truck so it's entirely possible it won't be called Sierra.
Additional information will be provided in "due course," says GMC and Buick brands vice president Duncan Aldred. "It is a big segment and represents about 15 percent of the entire retail industry and that's been growing," he added regarding other new EV truck players like the Ford F-150 Lightning, Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, and the upcoming Ram 1500 EV.
The new truck will share GM's in-house developed Ultium battery and Ultium Drive technologies and should manage to achieve a 400-mile range on a single charge (the F-150 Lightning has a maximum range of 300 miles, FYI). We expect it will be built alongside the Hummers and Chevy's truck at the Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan.
Aldred stopped short of stating whether GMC aims to go 100 percent electric by the end of the decade, like Cadillac. "We do see EV adoption happening fairly quickly," he admitted to the Detroit Free Press. "So with a huge segment and still relatively few competitors and fast adoption, GMC is confident it is well-positioned."
This new EV truck definitely won't be the last of its kind from GMC, though Aldred refused to comment when additional combustion-engined models, like the smaller Colorado, will adopt full electrification. But it will happen. General Motors aims to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025 and hopes all models will be 100 percent electric a decade later.