It’s clear that automakers are feeling pressured to straddle the line between the top-selling large pickups and SUVs that make up their bread-and-butter, and the impetus to develop new vehicles that address the needed transition away from fossil fuels.
Take for example GM, who recently revealed the details of its Chevy Silverado Yenko/SC package -- a limited edition upgrade that brings the 2021 Silverado an 800-horsepower engine, amongst other bells and whistles, at a very minor charge of $80,000.
But Chevy isn’t just betting big on giant gasoline-powered engines. GM has also recently announced that it has a full-size Chevy electric pickup truck in the works. The vehicle will reportedly run 400 miles on a single charge, but there’s little information available on whether this is an electrified version of an existing truck or a new one altogether.
GM broke the news in the company’s 10th Annual Sustainability Report, and added some detail on other sustainability initiatives, including those related to its battery joint venture, Ultium Cells, which will ultimately operate at a site in Lordstown, Ohio.
GM has also said that, despite the recent widespread shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic -- as well as the company’s pivot to producing ventilators and facemasks -- that its key Ultium-powered products were still on track. These include the Cadillac LYRIQ, GMC HUMMER EV truck and Cruise Origin.
And while GM is scant on the details regarding this full size electric pickup, it should be one of 20 the company intends to release by 2023, so you won’t have to wait too long to find out more.