That’s the date when every light-duty GM vehicle will be an EV, and then the technology will start to transfer to the heavy-duty lineup as well.
- General Motors announced, as part of its program for the 2022 CES technology show, that its heavy-duty trucks will gain electric variants by 2035.
- Every light-duty vehicle from GM will be electric by 2035, with the automaker pledging last fall to end gas vehicle sales by 2040 globally.
- This would leave five years in which GM could sell conventional internal-combustion-powered HD trucks alongside electric versions.
Dorky automobiles like the Nissan Leaf were among the first electric vehicles of the decade, designed more for efficiency than for style. After a decade, the electric car frenzy has expanded to nearly every sector of the automotive industry, with a spate of powerful electric pickups—including the new Chevy Silverado EV and Rivian R1T—hitting the market and even commercial vehicles like the Tesla Semi on the way. One segment, heavy-duty pickups, appears to be sticking with internal-combustion engines for the time being, although GM released a timeframe for when its HD trucks will get electric power as part of its CES technology show programme this week.
GM CEO Mary Barra remarked during her keynote presentation, “As previously mentioned, our aim is to have all new light-duty vehicles be electric by 2035.” “And today, I’m thrilled to say that on the same timeline, we’ll introduce all-electric heavy-duty trucks.” Barra also stated that the electric HD trucks will be designed for hauling and towing while still providing adequate range, which should be easier to achieve in 13 years with current battery technology.
In 2035, it’s still possible that General Motors will offer internal-combustion HD trucks. In November, the business announced a global agreement with five other manufacturers to phase out gas vehicles by 2040, which may mean a five-year period of overlap between the two types of powertrains. There are no information yet on the electric HD trucks, which are still over a decade away, and it will be some time before we learn more about the future heavy-duty pickups.