How is General Motors planning to become an electric automaker?

General Motors will offer three electric full-size pickup trucks in the next few years, in a bid to become a fully electric automaker by 2035.

On Monday, 19 July 2021, General Motors (GM) announced that it will be offering at least three large electric pickup trucks in the next few years. The latest truck to be announced by GM is an electric full-size pickup truck for its General Motors Company (GMC) truck and sports utility vehicle (SUV) brand.

The announcement followed the GMC Hummer electric vehicle (EV), which is expected to begin deliveries later in 2021. GM also confirmed, in April 2021, that it would be offering an electric Chevrolet Silverado. According to Duncan Aldred, the Global Head of GM, the company is going to be a success in the electric pickup truck space. Aldred added that the vehicle is quite advanced in its setup.

The GMC full-size pickup truck will reportedly be a more traditional pickup, rather than a lifestyle vehicle like the upcoming GMC Hummer EV, which is priced between approximately $80,000 and $110,000. The name of the current full-size traditional pickup truck is Sierra, and many people reportedly think the name will extend to the new pickup truck, but Aldred reportedly declined to comment on that.

Furthermore, the electric pickups are reportedly part of GM’s plan to release 30 new EVs globally by 2025. According to reports, the company plans to reportedly invest $27 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles. In an attempt to transition to a fully electric automaker by 2035, the company intends to reportedly sell an estimated one million EVs annually.

Lastly, the company is reportedly the first automaker expected to offer an electric pickup truck later this year. Other automakers expected to follow reportedly include EV start-ups such as Rivian and Lordstown Motors, and Tesla and Ford Motor in mid-2022. Additionally, Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler, recently confirmed that it would be offering an electric Ram pickup truck by 2024.