GM Exploring Small Ultium-Based Electric Pickup

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

gm exploring small ultium based electric pickup

Despite what automakers and your fragile ego tell you, owning the largest full-size pickup you can find does not make you cooler or more interesting. However, it does make you more likely to be frustrated while parking and waiting in line at your third fuel stop of the week. Ford and Hyundai offer small-truck solutions with the Maverick and Santa Cruz, respectively, and now it’s General Motors’ turn.

GM revealed a small electric concept truck in a closed-door media session earlier this week. The automaker is heavily invested in EVs that people can actually afford and held the event at its “affordable EV design studio” in Warren, MI. Devoid of branding and logos, the truck will reportedly come with a mighty reasonable sub-$30,000 price tag.  

The company plans to lean into customer feedback to refine the truck’s design. Chevy affordable EV and crossover design boss Michael Pevovar told Automotive News that the company is trying different things to see what works for customers and what doesn’t. For example, GM started with a bed length of 4- to 4.5 feet but is open to changing it. “The input may come back that it’s just too small, and that’s ok,” Pevovar told Auto News

Thanks to the insanely flexible Ultium EV platform, General Motors can play around with the sizes and shapes of new models without starting from scratch each time. That saves time, but most of all, it saves money, allowing GM to hit the mythical $30,000 EV mark – at least on paper. The architecture underpins EVs of all sizes and shapes in GM’s catalog, including the GMC Hummer EV, Cadillac Lyriq, and the upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV.

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  • Beachy Beachy on Jan 21, 2023

    Please offer a good 4wd system!

  • Mallard Dux Mallard Dux on Jan 23, 2023

    Note to automakers: Can you just figure out a way to make a simple pickup truck, defined as a cab on frame with a bed longer than the cab, capable of moving objects larger or LONGER than items normally able to be carried in cars? Is that really too complex to pull off?

    Look up the word truck and go from there... please. Simple and durable. Tough and work ready.

  • Jeff S The Cybertruck is one of the most hyped vehicles in decades.
  • Nrd515 This is all I could think of seeing this. I saw it in the theater with my dad about 59 years or so ago:
  • Art Vandelay I have no illusions tha my Challenger was going to be a car I wanted to own 10 seconds out of warranty. Fun, sure. Fun in 8 years? Hard pass based on the 2 years I had it
  • ToolGuy Weren't some of the most powerful engines in the M4 Sherman air-cooled? (And supercharged.)
  • ToolGuy "I installed oil temp and cylinder head temp gauges on various vehicles I was driving, so I could monitor how the engine was doing. I switched from my normal 20W50 and dropped to 15W40 oil and put down thousands of miles. Within that time, I saw a noticeable decrease in oil temps and even cylinder head temps while driving in different situations."ToolGuy has great admiration for your use of the scientific method in conducting original research.