The Chevy Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD heavy-duty pickups will be electrified no later than 2035, but conventional versions with combustion engines will remain on sale.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that the company plans included the development of all-electric heavy-duty pickups. She confirmed that HD models of the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado will also be electrified no later than 2035, CarBuzz reported.
Thus, General Motors has made it clear that it has confidence in its battery technology and the Ultium platform, as well as its electrification strategy itself.
The Ultium technology will be the basis for more than 30 new electric vehicles that GM plans to launch worldwide by 2025. Previously, the automotive giant introduced the GMC Hummer EV pickup and the GMC Hummer EV SUV.
Recently, the Cadillac InnerSpace concept premiered, and the company announced the all-new Chevy Blazer EV and Equinox EV. And, of course, the production Chevy Silverado EV is the cherry on the cake.
It’s worth noting that this electric pickup isn’t a body on-the-frame vehicle like the current Silverado. It is built on the aforementioned new platform and has no body panels in common with the non-electric Silverado.
Perhaps, HD electric pickups will hit the road before 2035. However, GM needs to successfully launch the Silverado EV first, as well as the Sierra EV, which will soon be unveiled.
The both will be assembled at the new Factory Zero plant in Detroit. Since not all buyers are ready to switch to electric models immediately, GM will simultaneously sell trucks with internal combustion engines as part of the overall transition process.
It is worth adding that by 2035 General Motors intends to invest $35 billion in the development of electric and autonomous vehicles.
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