April 3, 2021 might have been a big day for the highly anticipated Hummer EV SUV, but if you are a truck fan, specifically a Chevrolet Silverado fan, April 6th might be what you were looking for. There wasn’t quite the same fanfare the way there is for a super truck, but there was still lots of news to get excited about.
Late last year the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plan underwent a renaming to Factory Zero. The name was chosen to represent GM’s vision for a future that has Zero crashes, Zero emissions, and Zero congestion. It wasn’t just a renaming though, it has also been a huge investment into an electric future with the plant undergoing serious renovations to be able to accommodate the suite of new electric vehicles being added to the GM lineup.
This plant will build four very impressive vehicles. We knew the Cruise Origin autonomous vehicle, and GM Hummer EV Truck would be built at this plant. Although it wasn’t announced until today, it was no surprise that the Hummer EV SUV would be joining its stablemate and sharing a factory of assembly. The newest addition to be built at this factory is something we haven’t even seen before: an all-electric Chevrolet Silverado.
Currently, the Chevrolet Silverado is built in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Silo assembly plant in Mexico. The newest Silverado promises to be unlike anything you have seen before without compromising on the qualities that make a Silverado special.
To truly do a truck justice that will be just as capable in the hands of commercial customers as it will be in the hands of a retail customer, you can’t simply add a couple of batteries between the rails. GM knows this, which is why it is being designed from the ground up.
We don’t know everything yet, this wasn’t the electric Silverado’s reveal to the world in the traditional sense, but more of a tease of what we can get excited for. Here is what we do know:
- The Ultium battery technology will power this new Silverado
- It will have a GM estimated range of 400 miles on a full charge
That may not be much to go on, but with 100 years of truck leadership and a promise to deliver a vehicle that is as innovative as you expect and possibly more capable than you can currently dream of, it’s a promising first step.
We will keep this page updated as we learn more about the all-electric Silverado in the coming months.