The General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is currently undergoing a massive transformation to become Factory Zero. Located just 5 minutes from GM’s world headquarters, Factory Zero will be exclusively building battery electric vehicles starting with the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck and Cruise Origin later this year. GM has now confirmed two additional vehicles that will come from the Detroit plant, the 2024 GMC Hummer SUV and a battery powered Chevrolet Silverado.
Neither vehicle is a particularly surprising addition to the lineup. Hummer SUV is basically a shorter wheelbase version of the pickup truck minus the bed so it makes perfect sense. The announcement of the Silverado has also been expected for some time. At GM’s EV day in March 2020, the automaker confirmed that more mainstream electric pickups from GMC and Chevrolet would be joining the Hummer.
With a range of electric pickup trucks coming from multiple manufacturers over the next two years including the Ford F-150, Rivian R1T, Bollinger B1, Lordstown Endurance and Tesla Cybertruck, it would be shocking not to offer a Chevrolet. For now, GM is being extremely cagey on details. The Silverado (and presumably a Sierra at some point) won’t just be made by stuffing batteries in between the frame rails. They will be all-new based on the same Ultium platform architecture as the Hummers.
Silverados will probably be available in RWD single-motor and 4WD dual motor configurations only until an electric heavy duty truck is launched. The HD truck may be offered with the 1,000-hp three motor setup on the high-end Hummers. The same 800V electrical archictecture and support for 350-kW charging probably will be included in the Chevrolet truck.
Variants with more than 400 miles of range will be available although shorter-range versions at lower cost are probable. Chevrolet is targeting both the commercial and retail markets with the new truck but hasn’t given any indication of when it will be available. Only an image of the badge has been released with a blue E in the center, but given that Chevrolet is targeting all of its traditional truck customers with the Silverado EV, it’s almost certain to be a truck shaped truck, not some Silicon Valley fever dream.
Given GM’s ongoing emphasis on halving its development times to just 26 months and the competitors in the marketplace, it seems probable that the electric Silverado will hit dealerships sometime before the end of 2022.