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GM details efforts on electric vehicles

by TOM KRISHER THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | April 8, 2021 at 1:49 a.m.
This photo provided by General Motors shows GM President Mark Reuss during a news conference on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Factory ZERO in Detroit. General Motors says an electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge. The company announced the range on Tuesday and said the truck would be built at a factory straddling the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck. (GM via AP)

DETROIT -- An electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup will get an estimated 400 miles of range per charge, General Motors said.

The company announced the range in a webcast Tuesday, adding that the truck would be built at a factory straddling the border of Detroit and the enclave of Hamtramck, Mich. It also announced that the plant would build the new 2024 GMC Hummer SUV.

The pickup announcement raises the level of competition for future buyers in the truck market. Ford already has announced plans to build an electric F-150 starting next year in Dearborn, Mich., while Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellantis, has said it plans to have an all-electric Ram pickup.

GM would not say when the electric Silverado would arrive in dealerships, but the company plans to sell 30 models of electric vehicles globally by the end of 2025. It also has set a goal of making all of its passenger vehicles electric by 2035.

Ford's F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicles in the U.S., followed by the Silverado and Ram pickups. In addition to conventional automakers, electric vehicle leader Tesla plans to start selling a futuristic Cybertruck pickup later this year, and electric-vehicle startup companies Bollinger Motors, Nikola, Rivian and Lordstown Motors are planning to enter the market.

GM President Mark Reuss said the electric Silverado will be designed from the ground up as a truck for commercial and individual users. "This announcement affirms Chevrolet's commitment to build on 100 years of truck expertise leadership while transitioning to an all-electric future in the light vehicle space," he said.

The Detroit-Hamtramck plant, named "Factory Zero" by GM, is being retooled to build four electric vehicle models with an investment of $2.2 billion. Eventually it will employ 2,200 workers to make the two GMC Hummers, the electric Silverado and the Origin, an autonomous passenger vehicle for GM's Cruise subsidiary.

Reuss said the factory has built 4 million vehicles since 1985 and "will help lead us into the future of transportation."

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