With the upcoming deluge of new General Motors all-electric models just over the horizon, fresh details on what those models will offer have begun to trickle out. The latest comes from GM President Mark Reuss, who outlined the flexibility of the upcoming BT1 GM EV pickup platform.
Speaking at the recent GM Capital Markets Day event, Reuss outlined GM’s strategy with regard to the automaker’s all-electric truck platform.
“Whether or not we’re first on the market – which we just might be here, because we’re launching in the Fall of next year – I am totally confident that we are going to be the best on the market,” Reuss said. “Because we’ve engineered this strategy and this approach and these component sets and I’m really excited about it. Our offering won’t be just one ticket. This is architected to be scalable and used for multiple brands, for multiple variants and for multiple customers.
“So when the market demands those variants, where can our competitors go? We can go to variant X, Y, or Z quickly,” Reuss said. “We’ll be introducing multiple models a year, be as market responsive as we want to be and as the market dictates.”
In order to standout as the “best” offering on the market, the various GM all-electric products will offer impressive specs and a multitude of configurations. For example, the BT1 GM EV pickup platform will provide the bones for the upcoming GMC Hummer EV, which will come with three different motor configurations to offer “different ranges, different performance at different price points,” according to Reuss.
However, the executive’s statement that the GM EV pickup platform will be “scalable and used for multiple brands” is particularly important, as those characteristics will give GM a leg up on the majority of its segment competitors in terms of flexibility.
For now, we expect to see the GM Hummer EV pickup and the Escalade EV pickup based on the BT1 GM EV pickup platform, but there will be other models as well, including one for Chevy and an SUV variant of the GMC Hummer EV to boot.
Looking ahead, the forthcoming battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, will produce battery components for these vehicles.