General Motors President Mark Reuss yesterday announced Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado electric pickup truck that will be built at the company’s Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. He also confirmed that the GMC Hummer EV SUV will be built at the factory as well.
GM hopes 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.
The Chevrolet Silverado electric full-size pickup is designed from the ground up to be an EV, and will offer customers a GM-estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge (based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, loading, and how vehicle is used and maintained).
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 the next chapter in the Hummer EV story, offering more options for customers to tailor the truck to their lifestyles, while continuing to encourage them to forge new paths with zero emissions. Driven by the Ultium Platform, the new vehicle launches with the exclusive Edition 1, offering greater customer choice to equip the vehicle for efficiency or off-road capability.
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.
Factory Zero is the launchpad for GM’s multi-brand EV strategy. The facility has advanced technology and tooling and was designed with a focus on sustainable manufacturing. The Hummer EV pickup and the Cruise Origin, a purpose-built, all-electric and shared self-driving vehicle will also be built at the factory. Hummer pickup production will begin later this year.
The 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 over 4.5 million square feet.
General Motors has made several announcements in the last 18 months about rapidly driving toward its all-electric, zero-emissions future, including:
- A modular propulsion system and highly flexible global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries.
- More than $27 billion for EV and AV product development, including $7 billion in 2021 and plans to launch 30 EVs globally by the end of 2025, with more than two-thirds available in North America.
- In January 2021, GM unveiled BrightDrop, a new business that aims to electrify and improve the delivery of goods and services by offering an ecosystem of electric first-to-last-mile products, software and services to help empower delivery and logistics companies to move goods more efficiently.
- GM’s zero-emissions technology will extend to fuel cells and the company announced it will supply its Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes to Navistar 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 the transition to become the company’s third vehicle manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles, joining Factory Zeroand 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 well underway.