The news is not a surprise, as we knew it would be announced sooner or later. But now it’s official: GMC will add a second all-electric pickup truck to its lineup.
Recall that Chevrolet recently announced an electric version of its Silverado pickup; GMC’s response was sure to come, it was just a matter of when. The GM division’s vice-president, Duncan Aldred, confirmed the news yesterday during a conference call.
If any of you are wondering why we’re talking about a second electric pickup for GMC, you may have forgotten that the company has already announced the Hummer EV. That model, however, promises to appeal to a different clientele with a focus on off-roading, while the future electric variant of the Sierra will likely appeal to a wider audience.
It will also share components with the electrified version of the Chevrolet Silverado.
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In terms of technology, the truck will of course get GM’s Ultium battery pack, and different powertrain configurations are expected. Chevrolet has already announced a version of its electric Silverado that offers nearly 600 km of range, and GMC will offer the same thing.
No pricing has been announced, but we do have a reference to go by in the segment, and that would be over at Ford with its already-announced electric version of the Ford F-150. The Lightning truck will be available for $68,000 in Canada; expect something around that price for the GMC EV.
As for when the GMC model is expected, that’s not been announced yet, but we can imagine a debut around 2023 or 2024.