New models offer peek into GM’s electric future

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The Hummer pickup, which GM revealed last month, was developed in only 26 months, and GM intends to apply that swift timeline across its lineup.

GM has said that the Hummer SUV will be an off-road-capable version of the Hummer pickup that’s slated to launch late next year. The utility version will be built at Factory Zero, formerly Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, in 2023 or 2024, forecasters have said.

The Chevy pickup also is expected to be built at the plant, starting in 2023. The Cruise Origin and a large Cadillac SUV also are slated for the plant in the next few years.

The pickup appears to be sleeker and less rugged than the Chevy Silverado. It features a softer front fascia, deep wheel wells and a simpler grille than the Silverado, with slim headlamps.

GM said in a 2019 Sustainability Report that the pickup will reach 400 miles of range when fully charged. That range has likely increased. GM said this month that the batteries can now reach 450 miles on a single charge.

GM teased the EVs as it announced a US$27 billion electric and autonomous vehicle budget — up 35 per cent from previous investment plans — through 2025.

GM plans to introduce at least 30 EVs globally through 2025, two-thirds of which will be available in North America.

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