A couple of weeks ago, GM’s cross-town rival, the Ford Motor Company, told investors that it will offer an electric version of its popular F-150 pickup truck. Today, our sister site – Ford Authority – scored the first spy photos of the upcoming F-150 EV – confirming that Ford is hard at work on an F-150 EV.
Meanwhile, General Motors doesn’t appear to have electric variants of the Chevy Silverado or the GMC Sierra in the works, at least not as far as it has announced or that we have seen. The automaker famously announced plans for an onslaught of electric vehicles starting in the year 2021.
The future GM electric vehicles planned off the automaker’s upcoming, all-new scalable electric vehicle architecture include:
- A compact five-passenger SUV
- A luxury five-passenger SUV, which is probably the Cadillac CUV pre-announced recently
- A “shared” self-driving vehicle
- A light-commercial vehicle
- An “expressive” luxurious “low-roof” car
- A “low-roof” car
- A small SUV
- A compact crossover
- A luxury compact crossover
- A seven-passenger SUV
- A luxury seven-passenger SUV
Notably, a pickup truck is not part of the plan. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that GM won’t have an electric version of the Silverado or Sierra to rival the F-150 EV. All it means is that electric variants of the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks will not be based on the GM scalable electric vehicle architecture seen in the product plan.
As for the Ford F-150 EV, the mule was caught while charging. The vehicle appears to be in early stages of development, featuring a charging port in the lower portion of the front bumper. The production model probably won’t have the charging port in that location, however.
In addition, the mule’s body appears to sit slightly higher due to battery packs being placed underneath the cab. Ford also added an exhaust tip out back to disguise the electric nature of the mule.