Chevrolet has thrown its hat in the electric vehicle (EV) ring, announcing it will add an all-electric powertrain option to its full-size pick-up line-up, one that might not be ‘related’ to the longstanding Silverado at all.
As part of the 2019 General Motors Sustainability Report, Chevrolet parent company GM revealed the brand will launch an all-electric full-size pick-up to take on the upcoming Ford F-150 Electric, Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, Nikola Badger and Bollinger B2.
Further details are limited, but we do know the new Chevrolet model will based on GM’s emerging EV platform and not the current Silverado’s GMT T1XX architecture, which supports internal-combustion engines.
The Chevrolet model will also have a driving range of more than 644km on a single charge, with it expected to use GM’s new 800V Ultium battery technology, which supports 350kW DC fast charging.
These underpinnings will also be used by the previously announced GMC Hummer EV full-size pick-up, so it’s not much of a stretch to assume the Chevrolet model will produce the same ridiculous 746kW of power and 15,592Nm of torque in at least one of its variants.
According to the GM, the reborn Hummer will sprint from a standstill to 97km/h (60mph) in an astounding three seconds flat, so the Chevrolet model could feasibly see off genuine supercars with ease.
All GM models based on the dedicated EV platform are expected to be built in Detroit, Michigan, and feature independent front and rear suspension and as many as three electric motors powering all four wheels.
Time will tell if Chevrolet decides to leverage the Silverado brand by naming its latest model in a similar vein. Either way, we’ll inevitably find out more on the way to its launch, which will reportedly take place by 2025.
At this point in time, General Motors Speciality Vehicles (GMSV), the mooted joint-venture successor to Holden Special Vehicles (HSV), might add the new model to its expanding Chevrolet line-up, as part of GM’s post-Holden presence in right-hand-drive markets.