GM CEO Mary Barra Confirms Electric Pickup Will Arrive In Showrooms In Fall 202133
General Motors CEO Mary Barra has confirmed the automaker’s fully electric pickup truck will arrive in its showrooms in the fall of 2021, Reuters reports.
Barra did not say which of its brands the new battery-powered pickup would fall under and refrained from providing any other details on the truck apart from its estimated arrival.
“General Motors understands truck buyers and … people who are new coming into the truck market,” Mary Barra said at an investor conference this week. “It will be a very capable truck, I’m pretty excited about it.”
GM had not previously said when the truck might arrive in dealers, but in June, company president Mark Reuss admitted the truck would take some time to make its way to market, especially if GM plans to sell it in large volumes. Barra’s announcement comes just before Tesla is set to reveal its so-called ‘Cybertruck’ during a special event this evening, though it’s not yet clear when the first production Tesla pickup go on sale.
The new electric pickup will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, which, under the new UAW national agreement, is set to build a number of future electric GM vehicles. Rumors allege the Metro Detroit facility could be the production sites of both the new Cadillac electric crossover and the rumored electric Hummer SUV.
In September, GM appointed Josh Tavel, chief engineer for the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Cadillac ELR, to lead the development of the electric pickup truck.
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I have to wonder if the electric truck will trade sells with the ICE, keeping the current buyers in the fold, or will it bring in new conquest customers that might consider an electric truck versus the ICE?
My guess is, a little of both.
But remember, this EV truck thingy is going to be a crowded segment soon. Even if the percent of EV sells are still minute compared to “ the old horse”- ICE.
It’s fun to watch things play out and watch history in the making. Humans are some cool, inventive creatures. Always searching for new and better, in all fields of things that humans require, or, think they need. Pretty cool!
It will indeed be a crowded segment, and with a typical full size truck already going for about $40k-$50k, it’s going to be interesting to see just how many people will actually pay nearly twice that for an electric, full size truck.
It will do well with rich people who can afford, and, wish to flaunt their ability to purchase (the next best thing?) to feed their ego.
If it eventually becomes more affordable, and does the job a real truck was originally intended, businesses will partake. That will pad wallets!
So pretty much half the truck owners fall under the flaunt their ego purchase types…
Just look at Tesla’s electric truck reveal, and starting at $60K, it is for the wealthy. But the Ford F-150 will be for the common workers who will need remote electrical power, with a price coming in for much less than what Tesla GM, Rivian, and others will offer because it is based on an existing product. And Ford, who is the world’s largest truck maker, will win the EV truck market.
The Tesla starts at $40k.
And just don’t look at it. It’s ridiculous.
Maybe it will use the name Hummer, and be sold at GMC dealers.
Maybe? At this moment, I’m torn between if that is a good idea, or keep the lights on with electricity applied to Chevy and GMC trucks??
check out tesla’s truck. it looks like it rolled off the set from a terrible sci-fi movie. this will be the aztek of EV trucks.
Don’t badmouth the Pontiac Aztek because it was a great design. I see plenty of them around. That body was the ancestor of the Chevy Equinox, which is now GM’s best selling non-truck vehicle.
Tesla’s bizarre truck is a monstrosity of its own. At a starting price of $60,000 no real trucker will buy that!
Stop with the $60k. It’s $40k right on their site, right now!
Yes, it’s a monstrosity, but I bet people buy it.
The Aztek was a horrifically ugly truck.
Capable chassis, yes. Good looking SUV – no.
As bad as I thought the Aztek was way back when, it isn’t any worse than your typical modern crossover.
But the comparison to the Cybertruck is appropriate, given how polarizing they both are.
Jesus Tesla, even the name is embarrassing.
Very cool to hear.
I wonder how true the rumors are that Hummer is coming back as well.
“General Motors understands truck buyers and … people who are new coming into the truck market” … – ha, ha – focus groups give you another oldfashion halfbaken something. Just promise of new product without evidence. Tesla and Ford showed they real EV way so We must something to say.
For it to be coming this soon means GM had it already started and may have just moved it forward sooner.
With the models out and coming it may not be too difficult to compete in this small segment.
Musk already has used his April Fools joke for the coming year so nothing to fear there.
Again, too late and, maybe, too few…
They’re on time to join this game, GM is far from worst. Ram and Japanese makers don’t have any plain to maker electric truck. Plus, Tesla Cypertruck could be a disaster for Tesla, so it’s good chances for GM.
I agree. 2021 Is perfectly fine.
I think Rivian will most likely be the First Modern Day EV Pickup to go on sale.
GM, Ford, and Tesla will all be about the same give or take up to Six Months of each other.
Not only will the electrification of trucks be a big change for customers, it’ll revolutionize the way vehicles are sold and serviced in the marketplace. While Tesla has done a lot in this space, GM will truly have the biggest opportunity to design and operationalize a truly revolutionary purchase/ownership model. Tesla’s model simply doesn’t scale and their product breadth is a fraction of Chevrolet. While not smart to ever doubt Ford with the F150, the sum total of their other EV technologies and investments is tiny. Toyota? Besides the first to dominance Prius in the hybrid space, their position on EV’s is very modest… Honda? Not in the game.. FCA/PSA? Their lack of EV expertise is cited by themselves as one of the merger drivers… The only other manufacturer that might compare against GM/Chevrolet is VW, which makes their alliance with Ford all the more interesting…
The next 10 years will see quite a lot of change in the transportation sector….as much as the product will change, how they’re purchased, owned, and serviced will change even more…
It better come standard with the Z71 package, and should be able to cross the state of Ohio while towing 16,000 lb.
with brown outs now happening in the summer when all those A/C are running I can imagine what will happen when all those EVs are plugged into the grid. a lot of people are going to be setting in the dark
A small electric pickup would be interesting to me. Full-sized will have too many compromises.
They will Sit on the dealers lot for a long time if they order them at all.
I would buy one if it performs as a truck should and it falls in line with what a normal truck cost. I just purchased a new truck costing in the mid 50’s so a truck like this should be around that amount.
Living in a rural area, I would be concerned about range, as well as how do these batteries like the cold winters???? I have a hard enough time with conventional batteries in the winter.
I seriously doubt that any manufacturer delivers a total electric truck without ICE assist. Not in 5 years will electric tech be able to tow 500 miles a day, perform off road, refuel in hours and get back to work. Trucks on the other hand have a lot places too hide heavy batteries.
The Aztek was a forerunner for the ugly. Juke, RAV 4, Outlander, never were noted as ugly, thanks to the Aztek.
I bet they will deliver these fully electric trucks. But you’re right that they won’t be able to tow for 500 miles. Towing would seriously reduce their already limited range.
They’ll be built, but they’ll be expensive and come with a lot of compromises.
The people that dont like the electrical revolution better start to get use to it because it’s coming. Once it gets here it’s going to snowball, any of the short comings that may be present will be addressed.
California predicts that by 2028 80%of cars sold in California will be electric. And of the total number of cars on the road 30% will be electric.
Translation electric cars and trucks are here to stay weather you like it or not.
That sounds about right. Not being able to tow for 500 miles (or hell even 100) won’t make any difference.
Electric cars should be fine for driving to work each day, and if that’s all you use your truck for, it may as well be electric.
Actually traveling with them is when they become less practical.
@Brian, that could work for California, I was pretty young when we lived there, but as I recall we didn’t get -30,-40f in the winter. Where I live in rural Ontario, our trucks have to be able to work, even in very cold weather. We haul wood, hay, lumber & many other heavy items. We have to be able to rely on them. How much heavy work/hauling can these batteries handle in cold weather. How long does it take to recharge, and the nearest charging station that I have seen is over an hour away. None of the smaller towns have them.These vehicles are popping up in the cities, and that’s great. I don’t see it happening in rural communities for a while yet. My ATV is a Polaris Ranger, it’s great for around my farm, & on short runs,but I can’t take it on long ATV trips on the ATV trails through the woods. And what about our aging hydro grid? In rural areas we are already paying through the nose for delivery charges!How do you recharge these babies when the power goes off because of a storm? Your fancy new vehicles are pretty much useless then aren’t they? How do you get to work? How do you get out in case of an emergency? There are many issues that would have to be addressed long before they ban gasoline,and oil.
It’s TRUE that batteries lose some of their effectiveness in the cold weather. As for hauling and towing. Look most of the people who can afford these trucks dont pound on their trucks.
if you have an EV as your only vehicle you better have natural gas powered generator at your home to use during power outages. this is unless you live in calif where they are going to outlaw natural gas also