General Motors (GM) announced that it will produce all-electric heavy-duty (HD) trucks by 2035. The target coincides with the company's plans to release a new all-electric light-duty vehicle.
The timeline will give the automaker enough time to discontinue its HD trucks featuring internal combustion engines as GM had previously announced that it would stop selling ICE vehicles by 2040.
“This all-electric HD truck will be engineered to provide easy heavy-duty hauling and towing while offering customers incredible new features and the reach needed to get the toughest jobs done,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra. (9/1/2022).
According to him, the company's engineers have had plenty of time to develop a capable electric vehicle architecture that will carry out HD truck duties.
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As electric vehicles continue to take over the auto industry, GM hopes electric haul trucks and electric construction equipment will soon become a common sight in the construction sector.
With the launch of the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado EV, GM has embarked on a journey towards its stated goal. GM itself has shared that the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV in its work truck trim will feature a pair of motors that will produce a power output of 510 hp with a peak torque of 834 Nm.
The top trim of this model will produce a power output of 66hp and maximum torque of 1,056+ Nm. On the other hand, Toyota Motor has surpassed GM to take the top spot as the best-selling automaker in the United States for 2021. General Motors has held the number one ranking for 90 years.
Toyota sold about 2,332 million vehicles in the US last year compared with GM which sold about 2,218 million units last year.
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