GMC Planning Another Electric Pickup

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, Automotive Editor - July 21, 2021

Electric pickup trucks aren’t even on the road yet and the segment is already starting to get crowded. With the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, and Tesla Cybertruck coming to market soon, along with other options from Lordstown, Bollinger, and Ram, things in the electric pickup world are heating up. In an attempt to stay ahead of the pack, GMC has confirmed that it’s working on a second electric pickup truck, though the automaker isn’t ready to confirm what the pickup will be.

Sure, the GMC Hummer EV is a radical pickup truck with its exorbitant six-figure price tag, 1,000-horsepower figure, and zero-to-60 mph time of 3 seconds. With those specs, the truck is the brand’s way of showing off. While that works as a halo vehicle to showcase cutting-edge technology, it's not a good thing if you're looking to get more consumers to switch to EVs. The GMC Hummer EV will also be hard to find, as only half of GMC dealers will sell the EV. This possibly opens the door to a second, more affordable electric truck from GMC.

According to Automotive News, a second electric pickup truck is in the cards from GMC. Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick and GMC, told the outlet that a full-size electric pickup is coming in “due course.” Aldred, though, declined to confirm if the truck would become a part of the Sierra lineup. That leaves the door open for a wide range of possibilities.

With Chevrolet announcing earlier this April that it’s working on an electric version of the Silverado, it was only a matter of time until GMC made a similar announcement. GM President Mark Reuss stated that the electric Silverado would have a range of roughly 400 miles and be available for both retail and commercial customers. We expect GMC’s second pickup truck to share a lot of the same features as the upcoming electric Silverado.

At the time of writing, we don’t know a lot about Chevrolet or GMC’s electric trucks. Auto News believes that GMC’s truck will be built alongside the GMC Hummer EV at Factory Zero and use GM’s Ultium batteries. Other than that, things like range, power, configurations, name, and on-sale date are all unclear.

General Motors aims to have 30 new electric vehicles on sale globally by 2025. The lofty goal is part of the automaker’s plan to become carbon neutral and an all-electric brand in the future. While GM claims that all of its brands will play a large role in its push to be all-electric, the automaker hasn’t outlined what’s in store for GMC. Beyond the Hummer EV truck and Hummer EV SUV, the automaker hasn’t provided a lot of information on what’s coming.

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Source: Automotive News

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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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