GM is moving to fully electrify its passenger vehicle and light-duty vehicle lines by 2035, with 30 new all-electric models set to launch globally by 2025. Now, a report indicates that GM is considering the development of a new small electric pickup truck.
Per Automotive News, GM already has renderings in-hand that show a small two-door pickup with a 4- to 4.5-foot bed and low roofline. According to the report, marketing images show the pickup being used for outdoor activities like surfing, and would be priced under $30,000.
At present, GM doesn’t have a name, brand, or production timeline in place for the hypothetical small EV pickup. According to the director of Chevrolet affordable EV and crossover design, the concept is primarily to gauge if such a vehicle makes sense as something to pursue further.
“We’re creating these to get a reaction and then to try to modify it or move on,” Pevovar told Automotive News. “What does work? What doesn’t work? What’s expected?”
At present, there’s no real competition for a small, two-door, all-electric pickup truck as described. That said, small four-door pickups like the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Fe have seen success in the U.S. To note, both of these models feature a gasoline-fueled internal-combustion engine.
“The input may come back that it’s just too small, and that’s ok,” Pevovar said. “Maybe [it won’t be] right for what this architecture can provide, but does it have legs for different architecture where it might need to be a little bigger.”
Although GM currently does not offer a small all-electric pickup truck, The General did recently unveil the all-new 2024 Chevy Montana early last month. Offered as a compact unibody pickup, the new Chevy Montana is equipped as standard with a turbocharged 1.2L engine rated at 133 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. Critically, the small ICE-based pickup is only available in Latin America and other foreign markets, and is not sold in the U.S. or Canada.