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GM's Factory ZERO will build all-electric Chevrolet Silverado

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

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General Motors will build an electric version of the Silverado at Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck.

The Silverado EV will sit on GM's Ultium battery platform and will offer customers a GM-estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge, the automaker said Tuesday.

Both retail and fleet versions will come in a variety of options and GM said it expects there will be high demand for the pickups.

GM also is building the GMC Hummer EV pickup and Hummer EV SUV at Factory ZERO.

“The vehicles coming from Factory ZERO will change the world, and how the world views electric vehicles,” GM President Mark Reuss said in a statement. “The GMC Hummer EV SUV joins its stablemate in the realm of true supertrucks, and 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.”

In January 2020, GM said it would invest $2.2 billion in Factory ZERO, then called Detroit-Hamtramck assembly, to produce a variety of all-electric trucks and SUVs.

In October 2020, GM renamed the plant Factory ZERO to reflect GM’s vision of a future with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

GM presently builds its internal combustion Chevrolet Silverado light-duty pickup at its plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Silao Assembly Plant in Mexico. It builds the heavy-duty version of the gasoline pickup at Flint Assembly.

 

GM has confirmed it will build the following at Factory ZERO:

2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup: Starts production in late 2021. 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV: Starts production in 2023 Cruise Origin EV: Starts production sometime in 2022. Chevrolet Silverado pickup: Production TBD.

GM will assembly the upcoming all-electric Cadillac Lyriq SUV at its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. GM is investing $2 billion in Spring Hill to retool it make EVs in the future, while continuing production of the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 internal combustion vehicles too. GM will launch the Lyriq early next year.

GM has invested $3.5 million at Orion Assembly in Lake Orion, too, for the production of future EVs. GM currently builds the Chevrolet Bolt and the upcoming Bolt EUV at Orion, but it has said it will add a Cruise self-driving test car there. In support of the Cruise test car, GM is investing $750,000 at its battery assembly plant in Brownstown Charter Township.

GMC revealed the 2024 Hummer EV SUV Saturday evening during the NCAA’s Final Four basketball tournament in a new commercial film narrated by NBA star LeBron James.

When production begins on the SUV in early 2023, the Edition 1 will start at $105,595. It will have an expected range of 300 miles on a full charge, GM said in a statement.

When equipped with the Extreme Off-Road Pack, the SUV jumps to $110,595, with an expected range of 280 miles on a full charge.

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