GMC's Hummer EV Will Soon Have a New Eco-Friendly Sibling
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Chevy announced in April that it will produce an electric version of its Silverado pickup truck. So it isn’t a surprise that its cousin-brand GMC also released its plans to develop an electric truck.
While details about the truck are limited, the pickup will most likely wear the Sierra nameplate in the same way as the Silverado. And just as the gas-powered Sierra and Silverado share most components, the electric versions are expected to do the same.
The current pool of electric trucks is relatively shallow, with startup brands Rivian and Bollinger releasing their first models this year and Ford’s F-150 Lightning expected next spring. The first of GMC’s Hummer EVs will be available only months from now.
A GMC Hummer EV pickup truck.
What we know about the GMC EV pickup
The most solid fact about GMC’s electric truck is that it will exist. Its name, specs, and design are all speculation at this point.
That said, a quick glance at the history of GMC pickup trucks gives pretty strong indicators that experts’ predictions won’t be far off base.
For years, Chevy and GMC have made nearly identical pickup truck model series—the Silverado and the Sierra—with styling and minor feature differences being the only things separating the two.
It’s why Car and Driver points to Chevy’s electric Silverado, with its Ultium battery pack, 1-3 motor options, and 400 miles of range, for theories about the GMC pickup rather than GMC’s own 2022 Hummer EV, which will arrive at dealerships this fall.
Other EV pickups arriving soon
Besides the Hummer EV, the Silverado, and the GMC, a few plug-in pickups are set to arrive within the next 12 months.
EV startups Atlix, Bollinger, Lordstown, and Rivian all have electric trucks expected to arrive by the end of 2021, according to Inside EVs. Tesla’s Cybertruck may or may not also arrive this year.
Ford, General Motors’ closest rival, plans to have its electric F-150, christened the Lightning, by spring 2022. Competing with the Lightning will be an uphill battle to climb for other brands, as the F-150 sold more units than any other vehicle for the last 40 years.
Things to consider before buying an electric truck
If switching to an electric pickup truck sounds like a good way to cut down on energy costs and your environmental footprint, there are a few factors to mull over first.
For one thing, you’ll need to find an electric-car mechanic if you want to avoid premium dealership garage fees. You’ll also need to install a charger into your garage and look for the charging stations available in your area. And before you purchase anything, make sure to look into the tax incentives and insurance prices for electric cars in your state.
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