Over the past few months, automakers have continued to make waves in the market with all-new, all-electric products coming to market. Ford has released the Mustang Mach-E and announced the all-electric F-150, Audi has expanded their e-Tron lineup, Rivian is launching their SUV, pickup and is helping Lincoln and General Motors has continued to announce that about two-dozen vehicles will be coming in the next few years. While many people, and myself, have been wondering, “Where are the new GM electric vehicles?”, General Motors has finally shed light on what is coming soon for their “all-electric future”.
At the beginning of December, General Motors and LG Chem announced their investment in building a joint battery cell production facility in Lordstown, Ohio, adjacent to the former Cruze assembly plant. GM and LG Chem are investing $2.3 billion into the facility and expect to break ground later this year to product LG Chem battery cells for many vehicles. This will help boost production numbers of the battery cells as well as reduce costs in comparison to overseas production. Just a few weeks ago, General Motors also has announced their plan to invest $2.2 billion into the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. This plant was one of the assembly plants scheduled to shut down, but being a newer plant built in 1985 and its proximity to GM World Headquarters, General Motors has announced the creation of its first dedicated all-electric vehicle plant. This assembly plant will provide about 2200 jobs and will start producing all-electric vehicles in late 2021. GM has committed to building its first all-electric pickup at the facility in late 2021, as well as the Cruise Origin. The Cruise Origin is a self-driving vehicle, just released by GM’s Cruise autonomous branch, that will be used in ride-sharing fleets.
Just this past weekend, GMC also used the Super Bowl to launch it’s “Quiet Revolution” advertisement with LeBron James. This announcement has revealed some preliminary details of General Motors’ first all-electric pickup truck, the GMC HUMMER EV. While we do not know many details as of yet, we do know that this truck packs a serious punch with power. This truck produces 1000hp. 11,500 lb.ft of torque and will do 0-60mph in 3 seconds. This truck platform will also spawn other variations of trucks and large all-electric SUVs for other brands further down the road. The teaser of the new GMC HUMMER EV shows a futuristic LED light bar dominating the front end of this rugged, off-road looking truck that reminisces back to the HUMMER brand. The full reveal for the new GMC HUMMER EV will be on May 20th, 2020 so stay tuned. More details, pictures and pre-order options will follow that reveal.
Written by David Murphy