No Electric Pickup Trucks in GM’s Future EV Expansion Plans
According to statements from GM executives, neither the Chevy Silverado nor the GMC Sierra will be receiving electric variations anytime soon
At the moment, General Motors has some pretty lofty goals set for its EV and autonomous vehicle initiatives. By 2023, GM plans to introduce at least 20 new electric vehicles for its lineup.
Will any of those upcoming EVs be a pickup truck? According to the latest news out of GM, the answer to that question is a resounding “no.”
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The Detroit Free Press recently had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Mike Abelson, the vice president of global strategy for GM. Abelson spoke in length about GM’s various future initiatives.
Eventually, the conversation turned to whether GM’s EV ambitions would somehow involve its most popular models: the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Abelson stated that the automaker will be sticking with traditional means of power for its popular pickups.
“The core business is going to be the core business for a couple of decades to come,” stated Abelson. “There will not be any AV/EV pickups.”
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At the same time, Abelson made sure to note that that expansion in the EV segment is necessary for GM’s future success. The VP called it “mandatory” rather than optional.
GM has recently made many strides to expand its EV collection of cars. The automaker announced a few months ago that production of the Chevrolet Bolt would by increased by 20 percent due to global demand for the vehicle.
At the same time, GM has invested a lot of time, money, and research into the realm of autonomous vehicles. It recently gifted its Cruise program with additional funding, while also announcing its intention to expand the Cadillac Super Cruise system across its entire lineup sometime after 2020.
Despite its apparent refusal to explore electrification options for its pickup trucks, GM remains optimistic about its future expansion into the EV market.
“We do believe we’ll lead the industry in EVs sometime in the next decade or so,” Abelson told The Detroit Free Press.
Still, it remains to be seen which segments or brands will receive the bulk of GM’s upcoming EV-based products and projects.
News Source: The Detroit Free Press