After announcing the BrightDrop EV600 at CES 2021, GM has revealed that it plans to launch a new electric van under the Chevrolet brand. The Chevrolet electric van will likely rival the Ford E-Transit that will enter production later this year.
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors, confirmed the company’s second all-electric van during the Q2 2021 earnings conference call. She said:
We will add two new vehicles to our commercial portfolio. The first is a full-sized battery electric cargo van for Chevrolet, which will exceed the expectations of small business owners, tradespeople, and anyone else who has been well served by the Chevrolet Express.Mary Barra, Chairman & CEO, General Motors (Q2 2021 earnings conference call)
Barra continued that the second new commercial vehicle will be a medium-duty truck that employs both Ultium BEV and Hydrotec hydrogen FCEV tech. Both new commercial vehicles will expand the company’s product line-up to offer an eco-friendly solution for almost any towing or hauling application one can imagine.
The Chevrolet electric van could feature a touchscreen infotainment system with OTA updates and 5G cellular connectivity. GM is working with AT&T to deploy 5G connectivity in vehicles, beginning with select MY2024 models. E-commerce, vehicle-to-electric grid, smart city, and many other future mobility services will benefit from 5G connectivity. The company will improve the connectivity speeds of its MY2019 and newer models featuring 4G LTE also as part of the 5G rollout.
The new Chevrolet electric van and the new medium-duty part-electric, part-hydrogen pickup will benefit GM’s increment in 2020-2025 capital and engineering investment from USD 27 billion to USD 35 billion. They are part of its medium-term plan to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025 and are in line with President Joe Biden’s plan of 50% electric vehicles share in 2030 in the United States.
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