GM Might Chase Ford With An Electric Chevrolet Silverado And GMC Sierra

General Motors appears to be changing course following the surprise announcement that Ford is developing an electric F-150.

While GM’s vice president of global strategy, Mike Abelson, used November’s FT Future of the Car summit to reveal “There will not be any AV / EV [autonomous / electric] pickups” from the automaker, the vice president of Buick and GMC has suggested this isn’t necessarily the case.

Speaking to CNBC, Duncan Aldred said the company is “certainly” considering an electric pickup as GM is on a “path to an all-electric future.” When pressed for more details, Aldred declined to say whether or not an electric Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra is already under development.

Despite being relatively tight-lipped, Aldred suggested trucks could be a good fit for electrification. As he explained, battery technology is expensive and this means it’s hard to create affordable electric vehicles in mainstream segments unless automakers are willing accept lower profit margins on them.

This isn’t too much of an issue when it comes to full-size pickups as Reuters estimated GM made at least $17,000 (£12,897 / €14,903) per truck in pre-tax profit last year. This means there’s plenty of room for GM accept lower margins while still making a healthy profit on every Silverado and Sierra they make.

It remains unclear if GM will actually offer an electric pickup, but trucks were missing from the company’s electric vehicle roadmap which was revealed in 2017. At the time, GM said its new modular platform for electric vehicles would underpin at least 11 different models including seven crossovers.

One of those models was previewed at the North American International Auto Show as Cadillac released renderings of a stylish electric crossover. The production model is still three years away, but Cadillac President Steve Carlisle suggested the crossover could have a range of approximately 400 miles (643 km).

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Of course GM will chase Ford.

    They’ve never done anything innovative on their own and constantly lag behind market trends.

    • Chris Krajnik

      Except where they lead with the Volt and BoltEV, but let’s not let facts get in the way.

      • FordMopar

        Isn’t Volt getting canned??

        • brn

          The volt was never intended as a long term solution. It was a bridge car, and quite a good one at that.

        • Chris Krajnik

          You are right, however, GM still leads with those vehicles. That point can’t be argued

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        The Bolt wasn’t the first electric on the market, and the Volt wasn’t the first PHEV on the market either. We all know how well the Volt did.

        Also, two examples over the dozens of other instances of lagging behind. Keep picking those cherries though.

        • Chris Krajnik

          You don’t have to be first to lead. No one else has put out a product that can match what the Volt can do. After 9 years in the market there are two that are close, but they have compromises. The Bolt when it debuted was the only sub-$40k EV that could do 230+ miles on a charge. That was 2016 and it took until last year for others to match that. Even then they can’t be bought in every state in the US.

  • GPFan

    GM is the worse car company.
    Yes I’m sure someone can point out something that they’ve done off their own bat but they really do seem to have a poor culture of re-acting to others leadership and being completely non-inspirational

  • schnittz

    What a stupid head lines! GM has had electric car technologies for decades (before everyone else) but it chasing Ford? Ford does not sell an electric truck, how is GM chasing ford?

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