- gm announced that chevy will launch an all-electric pickup truck by 2025.
- it won't be identical to the upcoming gmc hummer ev, as gm says it'll be more utilitarian.
- the new pickup won't necessarily be named silverado, chevy says.
add chevrolet to the already-long list of automakers planning to sell an electric pickup in the near future. the automaker recently showed car and driver concept sketches of the truck that it says will go into production by 2025. by then, the market could be full of alternatives such as the ford f-150 electric, the tesla cybertruck, the rivian r1t, the bollinger b2, the lordstown motors endurance, and gm's own gmc hummer ev sut, which goes on sale in the fall of 2021.
the electric chevy truck—which won't necessarily be named silverado (pictured)—should be significantly different than the electric hummer pickup. the hummer is being billed as a lifestyle vehicle. it will only be available in a single body configuration with a four-door crew cab and a five-foot bed and will feature removable roof panels. we expect the chevy truck to hew closer to the traditional truck formula with a greater emphasis on utility.
to maximize range on a big and heavy workhorse vehicle like the chevy pickup, gm's new electric-vehicle platform allows the company to stack battery modules two high. fitting 24 modules between the frame and under the body results in a battery pack that can store as much as 200.0 kwh of electricity on board. that much juice—tesla vehicles currently top out at 100.0 kwh—should easily get the chevy truck to a range of more than 300 miles.
chevrolet also showed off an electric crossover that will go on sale by 2025 as part of gm's eleven-vehicle onslaught. the unnamed vehicle appears to be about the size of a chevrolet equinox, but features a highly stylized design similar to that of the chevy blazer.