Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra PHEVs May Be Coming

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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Once General Motors started to develop and manufacture all-electric vehicles with its Ultium platform and batteries, the American automaker ditched hybrids and plug-in hybrids. With waning demand for electric vehicles and GM’s less-than-stellar launches of its EVs, the brand is changing its tune on PHEVs. Reports from the beginning of the year reported that GM was looking into PHEVs, but now, we know that those PHEVs will be pickup trucks.

According to a recent report from Autoweek, unnamed sources told the outlet that GM is looking to introduce plug-in hybrid versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. While the sources didn’t provide the outlet with a timeline for the release of these electrified trucks, the sources claim that the trucks “are headed to market, in a hurry.”

If GM hurries to bring plug-in hybrid versions of the Silverado and Sierra to market, the trucks would be the first in the full-size segment to be available as PHEVs.

Other electrified trucks like the Ford F-150 and Toyota Tundra Hybrid are conventional hybrids. The upcoming Ram 1500 Ramcharger isn’t a traditional PHEV, but works similarly to a PHEV with a V6 engine that powers a generator that converts energy created by the gas engine into electricity that’s routed to the electric motors. The Ram 1500 Ramcharger, which Ram claims is an EV with a range extender, is expected to arrive for the 2025 model year, so Chevrolet and GMC will have to bring its PHEVs to market quickly.

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Beyond confirming that new plug-in hybrid powertrains are coming for the Silverado and Sierra, Autoweek’s report doesn’t have a lot more information on the trucks. GM was once a leader in PHEV technology with vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt, which debuted in 2011. Since then, Chevy has moved away from hybrids and PHEVs in favor of all-electric models. The only hybrid vehicle that GM has in its lineup is the Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray.

In addition to sharing information on upcoming plug-in hybrid powertrains for the Silverado and Sierra, the unnamed sources also told Autoweek that GM has canceled its plans to introduce electric versions of the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana commercial vans. Also, GM has decided to stop pursuing an all-electric pickup truck that’s similar in size to the Ford Maverick.

Shoppers looking to purchase one of GM’s upcoming plug-in hybrid pickup trucks may be waiting a long time. The good news is that the all-electric Silverado EV will be delivered to non-fleet shoppers this summer. The first version of the Sierra EV is the Denali Edition 1 which will reach shoppers “in early 2024.”

While GM is scaling back plans for future EVs and is set to introduce new PHEVs shortly, the automaker hasn’t announced any changes to its plans to become an all-electric brand by 2035.

Pictured: 2024 GMC Sierra (Top), 2024 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Middle)

Source: Autoweek

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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