General Motors chose to launch its first Ultium-based electric vehicle in the way of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. The Hummer will compete with offerings like the Rivian R1T when it goes on sale late next year and is a critical component of GM’s new EV-focused strategy, but the battery-electric pickup is just one of a handful of GMC EV models currently in the pipeline.
During its presentation at this past week’s 2020 Barclay’s Global Automotive Conference, GM confirmed that it currently has a total of four different GMC EV models in the works. These include the GMC Hummer EV pickup and the related GMC Hummer EV SUV, along with an additional pickup truck model and a new crossover model.
We have already covered the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV quite extensively, so let’s turn our focus to the second pickup model and the crossover. The second pickup will likely be related to the Chevy EV pickup that was also shown at the Barclay’s conference and probably be more akin to a standard internal combustion engine pickup than the luxurious and off-road-focused Hummer EV.
Even less is known is known about the crossover model, unfortunately. Like the other vehicles mentioned in this article, though, it will utilize GM’s first-generation Ultium battery system and new Ultium Drive family of electric motors.
GM recently bumped forward the development for several of its Ultium-based electric vehicle programs, which includes these mysterious new GMC models. The automaker explained the “modular and highly flexible qualities of the Ultium system,” along with various engineering advances in battery technology and lessons learned during the Hummer EV development process have enabled it to bring several of its future Ultium EVs to market “much faster than originally planned.”
The automaker also announced this week that it would invest $27 billion in EV and EV development to help bring a total of 30 new EVs to market worldwide by 2025. These will include EVs under the Chevy, Cadillac and Buick brands, in addition to the previously mentioned GMC EV models.