By on April 6, 2021


Chevrolet’s Silverado electric pickup will be built at the Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan, along with GMC’s Hummer EV SUV which will also be produced there, General Motors president Mark Reuss said today.


A new-from-the-ground-up EV pickup, and not adapted from the gas-powered Silverado, it will use the Ultium Platform. Ultium is General Motors’ virtual development tools and technology, said to have reduced development nearly 50 percent to 26 months.

Chevrolet estimates the new Silverado EV will have a 400-mile range on a full charge. Like its gas-powered sibling, there will be retail and fleet versions of the EV, both expected to be in demand. “Chevrolet will take everything Chevy’s loyal truck buyers love about Silverado — and more — and put it into an electric pickup that will delight retail and commercial customers alike,” said Reuss.

Factory ZERO, General Motors’ renamed Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, signifies the company’s zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion outlook for the future. ZERO is the largest renovation and retooling ever for a General Motors manufacturing plant. Its paint and body shop, along with the general assembly area, are getting upgrades including new machinery, conveyors, controls, and tooling. The plant’s footprint is now over 4.5 million square feet.


General Motors previously hawked its modular propulsion system and Ultium battery-powered global EV platforms. The company is definitely looking to compete head-to-head for customers wherever they may exist. Ultium is a joint venture with LG in Lordstown, Ohio to produce battery cells for future battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Construction of that facility is underway.

General Motors world domination plan calls for a million EVs by 2025, and North American EV leadership. How will this work out with the power grid, President Biden’s future vision, and infrastructure improvements?

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23 Comments on “Chevrolet Electric Silverado A ZERO Production...”

  • avatar

    At least they didn’t change the name to Voltserado!

    We’d never hear the end of it.

  • avatar

    ZERO sales :D

    • 0 avatar
      C5 is Alive

      The entire “Factory ZERO” endeavor promises to be an absolutely SPECTACULAR train wreck.

      • 0 avatar

        I disagree.

        I own one of the 2008-2013 GMT900 hybrids. It drives so nicely that I think more people would love these trucks if they had enough seat time in them for the novelty to wear off.

        I’d like this truck even more if it were an EV.

        Go drive a Tesla, or even a humble Nissan Leaf. They are exceptionally nice cars to drive.

        Yes, I also like the EV because I can make my own electricity more easily than I can make my own gasoline.

        But, seriously, drive one of these cars and you’ll see why some of us are obsessed with EVs.

        My GMC Sierra Hybrid will be replaced with a long-range EV pickup truck. I’m going to cross-shop Ford, GM, Rivian, and Tesla and buy the best truck in 2022 or 2023.

        • 0 avatar
          SCE to AUX

          My 12 Leaf – with all of its shortcomings – really sold me on the EV driving experience. My Ioniq is even better. A powerful EV like a Model 3 or S just takes things to another level.

        • 0 avatar

          Yep. EVs are just fantastic to drive. It’s not just about raw power, but responsiveness and extremely fine throttle control. After I step out of my Bolt—hardly a Model S Plaid—ICE cars just feel slow-witted, rough, and clumsy.

          • 0 avatar

            Once you get used to a vehicle that doesn’t have torque lag, it’s hard to go back. Especially when you get in an ICE car and it needs to downshift or be downshifted to accelerate. You get used to the instant response of an EV. Put the hammer down in an EV and it just goes. V8 smoothness and torque even in small cars like a Leaf or a Bolt. I still think that the success of EVs has little to do with saving or the environment. It’s all about the driving experience.

          • 0 avatar

            There is some virtue to the way a BEV drives. However, I also think there is some virtue to this:

            The two things I’ve ever driven with a plug are a Bolt and 330e. While both were perfectly fine in the powertrain department neither of them “ruined” ICE vehicles for me either.

            I’m also one of the few people on the internet to say that if/when they go EV it’ll be largely for environmental/conservation or social reasons as I generally prefer the “sporty” ICE driving experience. Maybe a Tesla or something would change my mind, but severing my affinity for the mechanical would be a steep ask.

            Manufacturers are also avoiding making a “fast” RWD BEV right now. I get that an AWD version will likely always be the *absolute* quickest but if a RWD ICE can do 0-60 in 4.0 seconds then a RWD BEV should be able to do that too.

          • 0 avatar

            “Manufacturers are also avoiding making a “fast” RWD BEV right now. I get that an AWD version will likely always be the *absolute* quickest but if a RWD ICE can do 0-60 in 4.0 seconds then a RWD BEV should be able to do that too.”

            I don’t think we currently have a BEV that uses a traditional AWD/4WD power transfer arrangement. Manufacturers are getting AWD by adding an extra motor. Thus the extra speed for AWD BEVs.

            I suppose you could take the front motor out of Tesla’s or GM’s new 3-motor powertrains, leaving 2 motors in the back. That would make for a pretty fast EV but it would also be a very niche product; your average buyer would prefer to have that second motor in the front where it would allow for AWD. And, indeed, both Tesla’s and GM’s 2-motor setups put the second motor in front.

  • avatar
    Turbo Is Black Magic

    I hope the marketing department quotes torque in low range so they can one up the complete BS Hummer figure…

    Shocker Silverado now with 82,000 Foot Pounds of FREEDOM!

  • avatar

    Any one know how much range drops when you tow:
    2000 lbs
    4000 lbs

    Massively – I suspect. (a la Tesla 1/4 mile acceleration on the 3 or 4 th run)

    What if towing 4000 lbs drops range to say – 80 miles.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      A Model X will lose 50-60% of its range when towing 5000 lbs, so I’d expect similar performance with any EV.

      As for the drag strip, I think more recent Teslas have resolved the power reduction issue – especially the Model 3 and the newer Model S.

    • 0 avatar

      My experience towing with ICE vehicles (while limited to flat FL) shows that wind resistance (drag) is a bigger factor then weight. This is one area where TQ is more important then HP. You need the TQ to get that weight moving so maybe EVs have an advantage here?

      It will be really interesting when these EV trucks can be compared directly to their ICE powered versions.

      • 0 avatar

        A lot of variables when towing. Wind resistance is a big one and depends on the trailer and what you’re towing. Out here in the PNW the mountain passes are torture for towing ICE or electric. Load really heats up the engine oil and tranny on ICE and sends the MPG into the toilet. Electric has range obliterated.

        I think the hand wringing over it not being a real work truck is moot. We all know that the pickup is the Crown Vic – Caprice – Maxima – Cressida – New Yorker of the 21st century. Most of these vehicles won’t even use 4-Hi in its lifetime, let alone leave pavement or tow anything.

        The market is already conditioned to full-size trucks with $60K window stickers.

        Serious truck buyers with long-range needs will go ICE, and they’ll still be able to buy them. City dwellers wanting their Cowboy Cadillac (metaphorically speaking – I know this is a Chevy story) will at least cross shop.

        Look at how much whining is going on with thanks Biden over fuel prices as it is.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX

        Actually, my experience is just the opposite – weight has made a huge difference in my MPG while towing a trailer that shadowed my van quite well. My highway mileage dropped by half.

      • 0 avatar
        Carlson Fan

        “My experience towing with ICE vehicles (while limited to flat FL) shows that wind resistance (drag) is a bigger factor then weight.”

        BAM!!!!! The weight is the easy part, it’s moving all that air out of your way that takes power.

        Pretty sure I’ll never own an EV tow vehicle unless the tech develops a LOT faster than I expect it to.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    “ I think the hand wringing over it not being a real work truck is moot.”

    Absolutely spot-on.

  • avatar

    …shows up late for the remedial class…

    So this will be the Chevy version of the Hummer pickup? Or am I doing that wrong?

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    On the plus side, opting for the EV version ensures it is US built.

    • 0 avatar

      Assembled in the US, of Chinese and Mexican made parts, and almost entirely by robots. The few assembly workers there won’t be paid enough to afford the trucks they make.

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