GMC will be the first General Motors brand to get an electric full-size pickup in customer hands—somewhat oddly, it’ll be with the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. But GM’s premium truck brand won’t stop there, or even with a Hummer.
A second full-size electric pickup truck wearing the GMC badge is coming, Duncan Aldred, GMC global vice president, confirmed today, along with the news that it won’t be another Hummer model.
What he won’t confirm: that it will be called a Sierra. Or when to expect it. Only that it will take GMC’s professional grade promise to new levels. And that makes sense: electric trucks are festooned with outlets to take advantage of that onboard power to run tools and equipment at the job site or campsite.
The news is not a shocker, after all Chevy will have an electric version of the full-size Silverado. The Silverado EV will be built at GM’s Factory Zero in Hamtramck, Michigan, alongside the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup and the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV. Aldred won’t confirm the additional and unnamed GMC electric truck will be built at Factory Zero as well, but we’ll go out on a limb here and say it will be a Sierra nameplate and it will roll off the same assembly line.
Second GMC Electric Pickup Slots Under Hummer
The regular GMC electric truck will differ from the Hummer in its affordability; the Hummer is high end, launching with a $112,595 Edition 1 trim. The unnamed GMC will have fewer features and slide in below the Hummer in price.
The Hummer is unique and the other electric GMC electric truck won’t have the same degree of off-road capability, Aldred says.
Aldred assures us the Hummer pickup is on track for production and delivery to dealers this fall, and that more than half the GMC dealers are enrolled to sell EVs. The timing should have the Hummer hitting dealers at the same time as the 2021 Rivian R1T electric pickup, which has been pushed back to September.
Aldred says executives at GM were not surprised by the pricing of the electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning pickup truck that starts under $42,000, nor did the pricing prompt any changes at GM, given the advanced state of development of the Hummer at this point. “We watched it with interest,” Aldred said, but not shock or surprise.
Nor is Aldred concerned about a growing crop of electric pickups on tap from beyond Ford, namely Ram, Rivian, Tesla, and Bollinger. Trucks are a big segment, representing 15 percent of total retail sales in the U.S., and growing, with relatively few entrants, so he sees plenty of room for all the competitors.
GMC Having a Good Year
Overall, GMC is having a bit of a heyday with the best first half retail sales and market share since 2005 and the nice problem of not being able to keep up with demand, especially for the Yukon XL large SUV which is essentially sold out and demands buyers order one if they want it.
GMC total retail sales in the U.S. were up 35 percent through the first six months of the year with Sierra up 28 percent; Yukon up 104 percent; Yukon XL up 90 percent; Acadia up 53 percent, and Canyon up 31 percent.
Like most vehicles crippled by inventory shortages due to the pandemic and microchip crisis, average transaction prices have gone up. The average GMC sells for more than $51,000 and a Yukon averages about $70,000. The high transaction prices are driven by the popularity of the top trim Denali and off-road AT4 models.
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