General Motors and United Auto Workers (UAW) are negotiating the future of several U.S.-based production facilities, and a future electric pickup truck is part of the equation.
GM is investing $7 billion as a part of this deal in order to produce batteries and electrified vehicles, such as the aforementioned electric truck. This is part of a solution to resolve a strike by 49,000 UAW hourly employees that work at GM facilities.
GM did not specify exact timing or locations where their future electrified vehicles will be built. There is a separate report from Reuters that suggests that a GM electric pickup truck could come as early as 2022.
This seems to be a very aggressive timeline, considering that we have not yet seen any electric concept trucks or prototypes from GM. However, General Motors can bring a vehicle to market in a very order once they make a decision. They brought an electric Chevy Bolt EV to market within 2-3 years of making an announcement.
Naturally, GM needs to have an answer to an all-electric Ford F-150 prototype that was shown recently towing a 1.25 million pound train. Other start-up companies are also working to bring electric truck to the market: Rivian, Bollinger, and Atlis.