GMC Sierra electric pickup truck will take on the F-150 Lightning

After GM announced the Chevrolet Silverado electric in April 2021, it was only a matter of time before an equivalent GMC electric pickup came into focus. Now, a GMC official has revealed that a budget GMC electric pickup is in the making.

Duncan Aldred, Vice President, Global Buick and GMC, said on Monday that a GMC full-size electric pickup would go on sale in “due course,” as per an Automotive News report. One would naturally expect this model to be a GMC Sierra electric, but Aldred refused to disclose the name.

GM plans to manufacture the Chevrolet Silverado electric at the Factory ZERO assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. We expect it to produce the GMC Sierra electric alongside the Silverado electric. This would be the second GMC electric pickup after the GMC Hummer EV high-performance, off-road-oriented model.

GMC Sierra electric pickup truck to ride on the Ultium platform

The GMC Sierra electric will use the Ultium platform and should come in retail and fleet versions. Expect multiple technical configurations with different battery packs capacities and power and torque outputs. The battery packs should have an operating voltage of around 400 V. The total energy contained in the largest battery pack should be well over 100 kWh, enabling a GM-estimated range of 400+ miles. Expect 200 kW to be the maximum charging power for fast charging.

Compared to the Sierra 1500, the GMC Sierra electric pickup truck could feature a cleaner front fascia with smoother surfaces. We expect the interior to have considerable changes. The electric variant should have a highly digital cabin replete with a fully digital instrument cluster and a large touchscreen infotainment system measuring bigger in size (diagonally) than the ICE variant’s 8 inches.

GMC’s Ford F-150 Lightning rival may go on sale in the fall of 2022 or spring 2023, a few months after the Silverado electric.

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