The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, April 07, 2021 1:00 am

Long life for electric Silverado

Chevy: 400 miles per charge

TOM KRISHER | Associated Press

DETROIT – An electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge, General Motors says.

The company announced the range in a webcast Tuesday and said the truck would be built at a factory straddling the border of Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. It also announced the plant would build the 2024 GMC Hummer SUV.

The pickup announcement raises the level of competition for future buyers in the market. Ford already has announced plans to build an electric F-150 starting next year in Dearborn, Michigan, while Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) plans to have an all-electric Ram pickup.

GM would not say when the electric Silverado would arrive in dealerships, but the company plans to sell 30 electric vehicles globally by the end of 2025. It also has set a goal of making all of its passenger vehicles electric by 2035.

Ford's F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S., followed by the Silverado and Ram pickups. The gasoline-powered version of the Silverado is made at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant.

In addition to conventional automakers, electric vehicle leader Tesla plans to start selling a futuristic “Cybertruck” pickup later this year, and EV startup companies Bollinger Motors, Nikola, Rivian and Lordstown Motors are planning to enter the market.

GM President Mark Reuss said the electric Silverado will be designed for commercial and individual users.

“This announcement affirms Chevrolet's commitment to build on 100 years of truck expertise leadership while transitioning to an all-electric future in the light vehicle space,” he said.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant, named “Factory Zero” by GM, is being retooled to build four electric vehicles with an investment of $2.2 billion. Eventually it will employ 2,200 workers to make the two GMC Hummers, the electric Silverado and the Origin, an autonomous passenger vehicle for GM's Cruise subsidiary.

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