GM’s Vans Will Be Completely Electric by 2026

Follow along as we explain GM’s plans to discontinue their long-lived gas-powered Chevy Express and GMC Savana—and their decision to replace them with EV models in 2026.
Written by Jason Crosby
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
GM is planning to completely electrify its van lineup in less than four years. This move could make GM the prime choice for businesses looking to purchase EV vans. It could also make it easier for business owners to purchase an electric vehicle, too, with the federal incentives in place for EV purchases. In the meantime, it’s almost the end of the GM van dynasty as we know it. 
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Say goodbye to a long line of gas-powered GM vans

Vehicles like the Hummer EV, Chevy Silverado, or GMC Tahoe get a lot of press, but GM’s vans are the overlooked gem in the rough. Sure, fleet-style vans aren’t usually winning any style points, but GM’s came with an impressive powertrain. 
reports that many feature a 6.6-liter V8, which has been available since 2003, as well as three-row seating. The current generation of GM vans, which includes the Chevy Express and GMC Savana, has been in action since 1996. 
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What does the future look like for GM vans? 

GM plans to offer an BEV and hydrogen fuel cell powertrain as options for customers from the year 2026 onward. Exact specifications aren’t available yet, but considering that these will be vehicles used for service calls, fleet delivery services, and more, both GM vans should have impressive battery ranges. 
Hopefully, their new vans are able to sell more units, too: GM van sales dipped down to 44,355 units for the Chevrolet Express and 17,744 units for the GMC Savana in 2021.
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What competition stands against the GM EV van lineup? 

GM will have their work cut out for them if they expect to beat out competitors like the Ford Transit, RAM ProMaster, and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans. Many of these models have already gotten or will soon be getting EV variants. 
There’s also Rivian, who shouldn’t be forgotten, either. The partially-Ford-owned startup has a deal with Amazon that will deliver over 100,000 carrier vans to the online megastore. 
However, the GM van lineup may get a boost from GM’s acclaimed Ultium battery technology, which, by 2026, may offer 500 miles or more of battery life. 

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