General Motors Co. in Detroit today announced that a Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup truck will be built at the automaker’s Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck along with the GMC Hummer EV SUV.
“The vehicles coming from Factory Zero will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles,” says Mark Reuss, president of GM. “The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and Chevrolet will take everything Chevy’s loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike.”
The new Chevrolet Silverado electric full-size pickup is designed from the ground up to be an EV, harnessing the Ultium Platform and Silverado’s capability. The electric Silverado will offer customers a GM-estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge.
Retail and fleet versions will offer customers a variety of options and are expected to be in high demand. Today’s announcement affirms Chevrolet’s commitment to build on the brand’s 100 years of truck expertise and leadership, while transitioning to an all-electric future in the light-vehicle space.
The 2024 Hummer EV SUV is expected to offer more options for customers to tailor the truck to their lifestyles, while continuing to encourage them to forge new paths with zero emissions. Also driven by the Ultium Platform, the new Hummer EV SUV launches with the exclusive Edition 1, offering greater customer choice to equip the vehicle for optimum efficiency or maximum off-road capability. GMC Hummer EVs were envisioned to be the most capable and compelling electric supertrucks.
GM says it plans to deliver more than 1 million electric vehicles globally by 2025 and earn EV market leadership in North America. With the company’s Ultium Platform, virtual development tools, and technology, GM has reduced vehicle development times by nearly 50 percent to just 26 months.
In January 2020, GM announced it was investing $2.2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. In October 2020, GM renamed the plant Factory Zero, which reflects the facility’s significance in advancing GM’s vision of a future with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion.
The automaker says Factory Zero is the launchpad for its multi-brand EV strategy. The facility has advanced technology and tooling and was designed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. The GMC Hummer EV pickup and the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built, all-electric and shared self-driving vehicle also will be built at Factory Zero. Production of the GMC Hummer EV pickup will begin later this year.
Factory Zero is undergoing a complete renovation and retooling, the largest ever for a GM manufacturing facility. The plant’s paint and body shops and general assembly area are receiving comprehensive upgrades, including new machines, conveyors, controls, and tooling. The plant has expanded to more than 4.5 million square feet.