GM Sells Hundreds Of Thousands Of Trucks, But Isn’t Interested In Building An EV Pickup

General Motors has already announced plans to introduce 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, but it appears the automaker has ruled out the possibility of an electric Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra.

According to the Detroit Free Press, GM’s vice president of global strategy, Mike Abelson, used the FT Future of the Car Summit to reveal “There will not be any AV/EV [autonomous / electric] pickups,” despite the company’s goal of being a leader in electric vehicles.

The news is somewhat surprising as GM’s trucks have healthy profit margins which would help to offset the costs of offering an electric powertrain. The company also sells hundreds of thousands of trucks in the United States every year.

While GM doesn’t appear to be interested in electric pickups, Tesla has already announced plans for a massive truck which will feature two electric motors, a high-tech suspension and “crazy torque.”

There’s no word on when Tesla’s truck will hit the market, but Bollinger plans to launch their B2 pickup in 2020. That particular model is slated to have an electric powertrain which produces 520 hp (387 kW / 527 PS) and 514 lb-ft (696 Nm) of torque. This will enable the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 6.5 seconds and travel approximately 200 miles (321 km) on a single charge.

Later this month, Rivian Automotive will use the Los Angeles Auto Show to unveil their pickup which will reportedly be called the A1T. The entry-level model is expected to cost around $50,000 and have a range of approximately 200 miles (321 km). There’s also word of a high-performance variant with 800 hp (596 kW / 811 PS) and a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 2.8 seconds.

While GM doesn’t have any plans for electric or autonomous pickups, Abelson did confirm the automaker is talking to flying car companies about sharing their electric and autonomous driving technology.

  • Mr. EP9

    They’re going to change their tone if EV pickups take off.

    • S3XY

      Not if, When.

  • ONE TIME WHERE GM IS MAKING SENSE. I DOUBT THERE’S AS MUCH INTEREST IN ELECTRIC TRUCK RIGHT NOW AS THERE ARE IN CARS AND SUV’S. EVEN TESLA’S PICK-UP ISN’T ADDRESSING THE MARKET THE SILVERADO IS IN WITH IT’S MEGA PICK-UP.

    • S3XY

      GM makes zero sense. It’s an old age dinosaur company. The first company to make an EV Pick Up (Tesla) will disrupt the pick up truck industry.

      A battery pack in the bed is very obvious. All the torque it will have.

      GM is old. They aren’t good at innovating anymore.

      • Matt

        The Tesla pick-up isn’t really a traditional pick-up though is it? It’s a Semi with a bed. It’s super niche and you won’t be able to park it anywhere.

      • brn

        The first company to make an EV pickup (excluding a hundred years ago) was Ford, with the Ranger EV.

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  • Craig

    A flying car. Why not an invisible flying car. No wait. An invisible flying car that causes you to lose weight. Come on GM. You haven’t mastered earth bound vehicles yet. Stick with that.

  • EyalN

    GM wants to make profit, they don’t care about firing thousands of Americans, they don’t care about pollution, they don’t care about anything.
    EV’s is a money losing business.
    The government needs to force them to do things

  • salamOOn

    we want an EV flying pickup!

  • ejd1984

    ………….Yet

  • DR.FUNK

    The more things change…the more they stay the same.The legacy car builders will be scratching their head wondering what happened when some nimble competitor(s) start showing full sized good range EV trucks.
    And of course they will want taxpayers to fund their “transition”.

  • DR.FUNK

    BTW…no complaints if they make a full size EV cargo van with (at least) 200 mi. range.
    My monthly fuel bill…

  • Paul

    They want to get into flying cars but wont do an EV pickup. They might as well make a flying EV pickup instead because it already seems as if they don’t know whether they’re coming or going.

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