General Motors has cancelled its in-person presence at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), citing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per a recent report from Automotive News, autonomous driving technology company Waymo has also announced that it is cancelling its in-person presence at CES early next year.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra was originally slated to deliver a keynote speech and unveil the new Chevy Silverado EV pickup. According to GM, Barra’s speech and the debut of the all-electric Chevy Silverado will now be done virtually with a live-streaming event over the Internet. GM is also set to debut a new autonomous vehicle.
“CES is an important technology platform, and we are continuing with our plans on January 5 to share our significant company news including the reveal of the Chevrolet Silverado EV,” General Motors said on Thursday.
General Motors is just one of many companies canceling its in-person presence at CES 2022, with Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, T-Mobile, and several others also canceling as a result of health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, event organizers have stayed the course to hold the in-person conference, stating that attendees would require proof of vaccination, as well as the wearing of face masks while inside the convention hall itself.
For General Motors, the event was set to debut the hotly anticipated Chevy Silverado EV. As an all-electric iteration of GM’s popular pickup model, the Chevy Silverado EV is undoubtedly one of the automaker’s most important debuts as of late. Specs include a ground-up redesign that incorporates General Motors’ Ultium battery technology and motor technology, with an estimated range-per-charge of 400 miles.
As GM Authority covered previously, production of the new Chevy Silverado EV will launch early in the 2023 calendar year at the recently reopened GM Factory Zero facility, previously known as Detroit-Hamtramck. Reservations will open January 5th.
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