The Chevrolet Silverado is its best-selling model in the United States, and its parent company General Motors wants to build a battery-powered version at an electric vehicle plant in Detroit.
This new electric version of the Silverado will be designed and built as an electric vehicle from the ground up, powered by Ultium batteries, with a GM-estimated range of over 400 miles on a full charge.
Forecasting company AutoForecast Solutions expects production of the Silverado EV to begin in late 2022, with a capacity of 38,000 electric trucks annually, beginning in 2023.
AutoForecast Solutions predicts that GM will make 23,000 Hummer EVs per year.
AutoForecast Solutions expects GM to produce 1,200 Hummer trucks in 2022 before increasing to about 17,000 trucks annually starting in 2023.
The consultancy expects two Cadillac SUVs to be assembled at Factory Zero beginning in early 2024. One the size of an Escalade and one the size of the longer Escalade ESV.
GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement: “The vehicles coming from Factory Zero will change the world and the way the world views electric vehicles.”
“Chevrolet will take everything that loyal Chevy truck buyers love about the Silverado and more, and put it into an electric truck that will delight retail and commercial customers alike.”
The Detroit plant will also build the Cruise Origin, an autonomous electric shuttle developed by GM’s autonomous subsidiary in San Francisco.
GM has not disclosed a time frame for Origin production, but several forecasters expect production to begin in late 2022.
In 2019, GM said it would invest $ 2.2 billion to modernize the factory for the production of electric vehicles. The investment is the largest in GM’s history, the automaker said at the time.
When the plant is fully operational, GM says it will create more than 2,200 manufacturing jobs.
By appointment, the plant can make 270,000 vehicles per year, but the automaker will set production targets based on demand for electric vehicles.
GM has pledged to spend $ 27 billion developing autonomous and electric vehicles through 2025.
The automaker is targeting a line of fully electric light vehicles by 2035.
So far, the Chevy Bolt is GM’s only electric vehicle on the market, but the automaker will launch a utility version of the Bolt this summer, followed by the Hummer pickup later in the year and the Tennessee-built Cadillac Lyriq. in early 2022.