February 12th, 2019 by Zachary ShahanÂ
For years, electric vehicle enthusiasts in the US have been begging for a solid electric pickup truck for consumers. Iâ€™ve long reported on monthly electric car sales and I put them in the context of broader US car sales, but looking at the number of gas-thirsty pickup trucks sold each month is a whole other level and is quite disturbing.
Elon Musk announced a while back that Tesla was working on a wicked electric pickup like nothing else weâ€™ve seen. Just last month, Ford finally announced plans for an electric version of the F-150, which is the king of the US auto market â€” by far â€” with nearly a million sales a year. But what about GM, which currently has the #2 vehicle on the US auto market, the Chevy Silverado?
Remember, Chevrolet raced the Bolt to market in order to be the first US automaker offering a long-range, semi-affordable electric car. It cares about going electric, maybe.
A source somewhat close to the heart of a big new development at GM has informed CleanTechnica that GM is indeed working on an electric pickup truck, and it is based around a Tesla powertrain. As in, the majority of the guts of the truck will be made by Tesla.
I know, I know â€” it seems unlike GM to swallow its pride and tap Tesla for this job. However, Iâ€™d briefly note a few things.
Yes, I get it, youâ€™d like to see proof of this partnership before getting too excited. So donâ€™t get too excited. Take it as a rumor and stay tuned for more info in the coming months. I donâ€™t currently have hard proof of this truck (no definitive picture or document), but I received enough information to feel confident the tip is correct and to thus run this article. The core source of this information wants/needs to remain anonymous and doesnâ€™t even want any hints of identity tossed around, so Iâ€™m not going to say more about that. But let yourself dream a little bit tonight and accept that GM might be making a brilliant move in its approach to electric trucking.
If this plan rolls as smoothly as an electric powertrain, we may well have a Tesla semi, Tesla pickup, and Tesla-powered pickup from GM (Sierra Electric?) getting close to the starting line before the end of 2019. It could be another exciting year for the electric revolution. (Well, how could it not be?)
Note: No, the source is not Elon Musk.