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NewsIs GM working on a PHEV version of its full-size trucks?

Is GM working on a PHEV version of its full-size trucks?

  • The PHEV versions could help the Ultium platform to gain momentum.

  • The project regarding the replacement of the old Express/Savana commercial vans with EV versions is also on ice.


Concern about the popularity of electric cars seems to have reached the offices of General Motors’ top management. At least, that’s what emerges from this report, which claims that plug-in hybrid variants of full-size pickups are on the cards, according to internal sources.

GMC Sierra EV Denali | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The news comes at a time when other players are reportedly putting the brakes on the development of a pure electric pickup. Rumors of a Nissan pickup smaller than the Frontier abound, but the project could already be on ice at this time. What’s more, GM has also reportedly cancelled plans to market a compact pickup with an electric powertrain, a direct rival to the Ford Maverick Hybrid which, it should be remembered, should also be offered in an electric version.

On this subject, another source in the American publication states that electric versions of the Maverick and Bronco have been postponed, probably until the beginning of the next decade.

This announcement of a potential plug-in alternative on the GM pickup side should not be interpreted as a disavowal of the future Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV, which remain on the agenda for 2025. On the contrary, this potential plug-in hybrid option could meet other needs of pickup truck consumers. However, buyers should not expect preferential pricing, simply because of the high technological content of these plug-in hybrids.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST | Photo: Chevrolet

The heavy weight of large electric vehicles and their greatly reduced range when there is a load in the cargo box, or a trailer attached to the vehicle are two factors that seem to repel the usual buyers of full-size pickups when they are looking for an electric alternative.

GM had staked everything on electric propulsion, but it seems that the manufacturer’s top brass had overestimated the electric windfall. On the other hand, this “technological setback” in favor of PHEV trucks could serve as a springboard for the Ultium electric platform, which still has not reached full production capacity.

Also according to, plans to redesign Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans based on the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric van have been cancelled for the time being. This change was scheduled for the 2026 model year. It remains to be seen what GM’s strategy will be in the coming months, as the commercial van segment is a lucrative one in North America.


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