Future Chevrolet Medium Duty Truck
A new Chevrolet Medium Duty truck utilizing an all-electric powertrain is in the works, as GM Authority reported. In addition to this new all-electric model, The General is also planning to offer a hydrogen Medium Duty Chevy Truck that uses its HydroTec fuel cell technology.
Notably, Chevrolet launched the current-generation of conventional medium duty trucks during the 2018 calendar year as 2019 model year vehicles. The trucks slot in the Conventional Medium Duty Class 4, Class 5, and Class 6 segments – as the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD – thereby succeeding the Chevrolet Kodiak that was discontinued in 2009.
|Debut calendar year:||TBD|
|Debut model year:||After 2025|
|Predecessor:||Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD|
|Powertrain:||Ultium Battery and HydroTec Power Cube|
|Production:||U.S. Navistar factory (possibly Garland, Texas plant)|
According to CEO Mary Barra, the new alternative fuel models will not enter the market until after the 2025 calendar year. To reiterate, The General is planning two all-new variants: an electrified model powered by its Ultium technology as well as a hydrogen fuel-cell model powered by its HydroTec technology.
General Motors has entered a partnership with Navistar that will see the Detroit-based automaker supply its Hydrotec hydrogen power cubes to the commercial truck manufacturer for use in its new International RH Series fuel cell semi-truck, and Navistar says the fuel cell-powered semi will have a target range of 500+ miles and a hydrogen fueling time of less than 15 minutes.
As such, we expect the future Chevrolet Medium Duty hydrogen truck to at least match the 500+ mile estimate. Meanwhile, a targeted range for the Chevrolet Medium Duty EV truck has yet to be disclosed.
Chevrolet has confirmed that the upcoming Silverado Medium Duty conventional trucks will not launch until after 2025.
The Chevrolet Medium Duty truck will be offered as a conventional truck with an engine/hood-forward design and be available in Regular Cab and Crew Cab configurations in various wheelbases and GVWRs.
We expect the future Chevy Medium Duty trucks to have a base price in the $50,000 range for the work truck configuration and reach as much as $100,000 for the range-topping model.
It is currently unknown whether GM’s GMC brand will get a variant of the future Chevrolet Medium Duty Truck.
Given that GM co-develops the current Chevrolet Medium Duty truck with Navistar, we expect this partnership to continue and that Navistar will also sell its own version of the truck, potentially as the next-generation International Trucks DuraStar.
The future Chevy Medium Duty truck will likely be manufactured by Navistar in the United States of America. One of the more likely facilities to make the truck is Navistar’s Garland, Texas factory.
Conventional Medium Duty trucks serve as platforms for a wide variety of commercial applications, such as traditional pickup trucks, emergency services, towing, dump truck, flatbed truck and cargo box truck. Some medium duty trucks are commonly used as a platform for both school buses and commercial buses.
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