General Motors has an electric pickup truck in development. That much we know. However, we shouldn’t expect it to bow in the near future.
GM President Mark Reuss spoke with Bloomberg on Wednesday following the automaker’s announcement of a $150 million investment in the Flint, Michigan assembly plant. The new money will help boost production capacity of 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and 2020 GMC Sierra HD pickups. During the interview, Reuss said an electric pickup truck will take time, especially with regards to supplanting volume.
Reuss, rightfully so, said an electric truck can’t be a compromise compared to a traditional truck. Thus, it needs to tow, haul, and perform at an equal level or better to create value for a customer. If not, a truck buyer will likely pass right over the electric model for an internal-combustion engine. Reuss added the industry needs to figure out charging infrastructure, too.
Truck buyers these days often use their vehicles for work, recreation, and as a family vehicle. Today, it’s simple to stop at any fuel station and fill the tank with gasoline or diesel fuel. However, charging infrastructure remains scarce, especially in many rural markets. An electric pickup truck will need to have an infrastructure to back it up.
GM is slowly trying to help remedy some of these problems. The automaker will work with Bechtel to build a nationwide charging infrastructure in the U.S. Further, an electric truck will likely ride on the automaker’s BEV3 platform, which GM said in the past is key to making profitable electric cars at a high volume.