GM (GM) Announces First-Ever Chevrolet Silverado Electric Pickup and GMC HUMMER EV SUV to be Built at GM’s Factory ZERO Plant
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(Updated – April 6, 2021 at 12:04 p.m. EDT)
General Motors (NYSE: GM) President Mark Reuss announced today that Chevrolet will unveil a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be built at Factory ZERO’s assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. Reuss also confirmed that the recently unveiled GMC HUMMER EV SUV will be built in Factory ZERO.
GM plans to ship more than 1 million electric vehicles worldwide by 2025 and to become the electric vehicle market leader in North America. With the company’s Ultium platform, virtual development tools, and technology, GM has cut vehicle development times by nearly 50 percent to just 26 months.
The Chevrolet Silverado full-size electric pickup truck was designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, leveraging the best of the Ultium platform and Silverado’s proven capabilities. The electric Silverado offers customers a GM-estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge *.
Retail and fleet versions offer customers a variety of options and are expected to be in high demand. Today’s announcement confirms Chevrolet’s commitment to building on the brand’s 100 years of trucking experience and leadership while moving towards an all-electric future in light vehicles.
“Factory ZERO vehicles will change the world and how the world sees electric vehicles,” said Reuss. “The GMC HUMMER EV SUV joins its peer in real supertrucks, and Chevrolet will turn everything Chevy’s loyal truck buyers love – and more – about Silverado into an electric pickup that will delight both residential and commercial customers . “
The 2024 HUMMER EV SUV is the next chapter in HUMMER EV history. It gives customers more options to adapt the truck to their lifestyle and continues to encourage them to break new ground with zero emissions. Driven by the Ultium platform, the new HUMMER EV SUV starts with the exclusive Edition 1 and offers the customer a larger selection to equip the vehicle for optimum efficiency or maximum off-road capability. GMC HUMMER EVs should be the most powerful and convincing electric super trucks.
In January 2020, GM announced that it is investing $ 2.2 billion in its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to manufacture a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs. In October 2020, GM renamed the factory factory to ZERO, reflecting the importance of the facility for the further development of GM’s future vision without crashes, without emissions and without overloading. Factory ZERO is the launchpad for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy. The facility has advanced technology and tools and has been designed with an emphasis on sustainable manufacturing. The GMC HUMMER EV pickup and the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built, fully electric and shared self-driving vehicle, are also built in Factory ZERO. Production of the GMC HUMMER EV pickup will begin this year.
The ZERO factory is currently undergoing a complete renovation and refit, the largest ever done for a GM manufacturing facility. The paint and body shops as well as the general assembly area of the plant will be extensively modernized, including new machines, conveyors, controls and tools. The facility was expanded to over 4.5 million square meters.
General Motors has made several announcements over the past 18 months on how to quickly drive towards its all-electric, zero-emission future, including:
▪ GM unveiled the heart of its EV strategy, a modular propulsion system and a highly flexible global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries that enables the company to compete for nearly every customer in the market today.
▪ GM has allocated more than $ 27 billion to EV and AV product development, including $ 7 billion in 2021, and plans to have 30 EVs worldwide by the end of 2025, with more than two thirds are available in North America. Cadillac, GMC, Chevrolet, and Buick will all be there, with electric vehicles at all prices for work, adventure, performance, and family use.
▪ Chevrolet announced its growing EV range with the 2022 Bolt EUV and the Bolt EV, both expected at dealerships this summer.
▪ In January 2021, GM unveiled BrightDrop, a new company that aims to electrify and improve the delivery of goods and services by providing an ecosystem of electrical products, software and services from the first mile to the last To help delivery and logistics companies move goods more efficiently.
▪ GM’s zero-emission technology will extend to fuel cells and the company announced that it will supply Navistar with its Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes for use in its production model fuel cell electric vehicle – the International® RHTM series.
▪ In October 2020, GM announced it would invest $ 2 billion in its Spring Hill, Tennessee assembly plant to begin transitioning to the company’s third electric vehicle manufacturing facility, which will join Factory ZERO and Orion Assembly .
▪ In 2019 GM announced the formation of Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture with LG Energy Solution to mass-produce battery cells in Lordstown, Ohio, for future battery electric vehicles. Construction of the $ 2.3 billion facility is in full swing