The full-size Chevy Silverado pickup will be designed “from the ground up” as an electric vehicle, the company said Tuesday. GM said it would be built at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where the company also intends to make the GMC Hummer EV sport-utility vehicle and an autonomous vehicle for its Cruise driverless-car division.
GM estimates the Chevy electric vehicle would have a range of more than 400 miles on a single charge, roughly matching the range a Silverado would travel on a single tank of gasoline.
During an appearance at GM’s Detroit plant on Tuesday, GM President Mark Reuss said the electric Silverado would be sold to individual customers and commercial fleets, which he expects to drive early demand for plug-in trucks.
The choice of the Detroit plant for manufacturing electric vehicles solidifies GM’s commitment to making its hometown a hub of future technology amid bets big on driverless and electric vehicles.