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Electric utes are coming! Chevrolet teases new EV pickup at CES - and it could be HiLux and Ranger sized!

More electric utes are coming. Image credit: TopElectricSUVs.com

America's focus on delivering all-electric trucks and utes is ramping up, with GM and Chevrolet today unveiling - albeit in shadow-filled teaser form - a new EV pickup that will form part of a major push into electrification over the next five years.

The brand has already publicly dipped a toe in those waters, of course, in confirming that the reborn GMC Hummer brand would appear in electric SUV and truck guises, but the Chev-badged pickup appears a different beast entirely.

While the brand is yet to comment publicly, internet sleuths point to the new model being potentially smaller and more lifestyle-focused than the existing Silverado fleet, which could put it on a collision course with Australia's super-popular ute segment, currently dominated by cars like the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.

All GM is saying, for now, is that it will introduce the vehicle within the next five years, part of a broader plan to have an EV that suits every market, and sadly, the image shown is to dark to determine anything else. Instead, we've found this render based on those teasers.

“Over the next five years, GM will introduce 30 new EVs globally, representing a range of options, whatever your priorities,” GM's design boss Mike Simcoe said in a CES online keynote.

We don't know much else about Chev's electric truck yet. But if its specs match - or even come close - to those of the Hummer ranger, we'll be excited.

The Hummer EV's range-topping Edition 1 uses three electric motors to produce claimed outputs of 745kW and 15,591Nm.