Ford’s electric F-150 pickup truck is no secret. Spy photos show a camouflaged F-150 with an EV charging cable plugged into the lower portion of the front bumper. But an electric Silverado competitor is nowhere to be seen, yet. During General Motors’ earnings call earlier this week, General Motors CEO and Chairman Mary Barra touched on the hot-button topic with a non-answer that would make her corporate PR wranglers proud.
“We believe in an all EV future so you’ll have to stay tuned,” Barra said, according to Motor Trend. That’s not the answer we wanted. Electric vehicles are coming no matter what, so it’s likely only a matter of time before GM unleashes an electric Silverado and Sierra duo. It just may be a while, or the automaker is keeping its development under wraps.
General Motors has laid out an ambitious plan to release 20 new EVs by 2023 with the onslaught of electric vehicles starting as soon as 2021. Spearheading GM’s new electric vehicles is a new electric crossover from Cadillac the luxury brand announced last month during the reveal of the 2020 Cadillac XT6 ahead of the Detroit Auto Show. Right now, the automaker is focusing on building EVs based on an all-new scalable EV architecture.
The plan GM laid out showed a plethora of vehicles—none of which were a pickup truck. That doesn’t mean GM isn’t working on such a vehicle. It means the automaker isn’t building it on the all-new scalable platform, which makes sense. Instead, GM’s scalable EV architecture will underpin vehicles like a compact five-passenger SUV, a light commercial vehicle, “low-roof” car, seven-passenger SUV, and more.
An electric Silverado or GMC Sierra is inevitable as EV technology advances in the coming years. Right now, Ford is at the forefront of electrifying the American pickup truck, but it’s doubtful General Motors is that far behind its competitor.