General Motors will expand its all-electric commercial lineup with a new battery-powered Medium Duty Chevy truck.
In a recent call with investors, General Motors CEO Mary Barra confirmed that the new all-electric Medium Duty Chevy truck will be released in conjunction with a forthcoming all-electric Chevy van as a complement to the automaker’s BrightDrop commercial fleet.
“Both [the all-electric Chevy truck and all-electric Chevy van] will complement BrightDrop and keep our commercial fleet market share growing,” Barra said. “We’ll share more details about these products as we move forward.”
Although Barra declined to provide any details, the new all-electric Medium Duty Chevy truck is expected to launch some time after the 2025 calendar year.
In addition to running GM’s latest Ultium battery technology, the upcoming Medium Duty Chevy truck is also expected fo offer the automaker’s Hydrotec fuel cell technology. The new trucks could be used for service and utility vehicles, such as school buses.
The upcoming models will complement BrightDrop, GM’s latest all-electric delivery business. Initially announced at the Consumer Electronics Show, BrightDrop’s first product to market will be the EP1, an electrically-assisted pallet that allows for easy transportation of heavy goods over short distances. BrightDrop will also offer the EV600, an all-electric light commercial van.
At the moment, the Chevy Silverado Medium Duty truck line includes the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD, developed in collaboration with Navistar. As GM Authority covered previously, the best-selling Silverado MD variant for the 2021 model year is the 2021 Chevy Silverado 5500HD 4×4 Crew Cab WT, continuing the popularity of the configuration from the 2020 model year. The second best-selling configuration is the 5500HD 4×4 Regular Cab WT.
So far, Chevy Silverado MD sales are up, as are sales for the rest of the Silverado lineup, including Heavy Duty and Light Duty models. Medium Duty truck sales for Q2 of the 2021 calendar year are reported at 3,025 units, an increase of 79.2 percent compared to Q2 of 2020.
Chevrolet Silverado Sales Detail - Q2 2021 - USA
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