General Motors Co. is working on an electric truck for business users after several automakers, including Ford, announced plans to develop the segment of electric commercial vehicles,media reported. Amazon.com Inc and United Parcel Service Inc., among others, are likely to be potential customers for electric commercial vehicles.
Although demand for electric commercial vehicles now accounts for only a small portion of total commercial vehicle sales, GM’s early entry into the hugely-powered commercial vehicle segment in the face of the multibillion-dollar electric commercial vehicle market in the future means that it will gain as much market share as possible before Tesla’s commercial vehicles are on the market.
GM officials have yet to respond to the company’s plans to develop electric trucks, which have been exposed bymedia.
In fact, GM has previously revealed plans to launch 22 new electric cars, including cars, trucks and crossovers, by 2023.
Therefore, this exposure of the general electric truck plan is not without foundation.
Lay out electric commercial vehicles ahead of Tesla
With the spread of new energy vehicles faster, Tesla has become the world’s number one and two car brands in just over a decade with leading new energy technologies, with a market share of electric vehicles that far outstripped other automakers, and Tesla ($16.023 billion) has surpassed GM ($41.73 billion) and Ford Motor Co($26.129 billion) combined, second only to Toyota Motor ($17.255 billion).
In 2017, Tesla unveiled the Tesla Semi electric semi-trailer truck, and in November launched the Cybertruck electric pickup, both of which shocked the auto industry when they were launched.
The Tesla Semi-Mounted Electric Truck is a very sci-fi shape, with partial Semi trucks on air for just 5 seconds from start-up to 60mph, regular trucks taking 15 seconds to a top speed of 65mph, while internal combustion-engine trucks are only 45mph;
The Semi semitrailer was originally scheduled to start production in 2019, and the launch schedule was again delayed until 2021 for technical reasons, and multiple delays have given GM a rare opportunity for traditional car companies such as the company to develop.
The world-spic CyberTruck electric pickup truck is now more than 530,000.
In the space of ride-hailing vehicles, traditional car companies such as GM and Ford have struggled to catch up with Tesla in terms of technology and brand value, and many don’t want to leave the opportunity for electric commercial vehicles to Tesla because Tesla’s commercial electric vehicle son has yet to take shape and the electric passenger car technology is missing a high chance with Tesla. Notably, commercial vehicles and trucks are also major revenue streams for GM and Ford.
Also exposed this time is the generic electric truck’s internal code name, the BV1, which is expected to start production by the end of 2021. To save development costs, the BV1 van will also share components and components with GM’s other electric pickups and SUVs in the future, with the production site scheduled for production at GM’s Detroit-Hamtrak plant.
In terms of sales, GM is considering providing nameplates for BV1 electric trucks through existing brands Chevrolet, GMC, Maven or new brands, which are sold by Hummer-branded GMC dealers.
GM fully layout of new energy vehicles
The impact of Tesla’s new energy electric vehicles on conventional cars is undoubtedly huge, in the Model S launch, almost changed the car’s energy consumption model, the new rising star, in the electric car is not yet popular, perhaps production and total sales are not as small as GM, but the market value of the overtaking has proved that electro-electric is the future.
As a result, GM has also been exploring new energy sources.
As early as 1996 GM developed the E1 electric car, although ultimately due to cost problems did not continue to advance, but GM also got a lot of additional program automotive technology, but more regret from GM E1 to now Buick VELITE 5 and Chevrolet Volanda, new energy vehicle sales have not achieved satisfactory figures.
At the EV Week in March, GM unveiled its latest “ultimate” battery, which can travel 400 miles (644 kilometers) at full capacity, as well as the next-generation electric vehicle platform, which consists of modular vehicle drive systems and self-developed UL batteries.
By 2025, more than $20 billion will be invested in the next generation of electric and self-driving cars. It can be seen that GM firmly believes that electro-electricity is the future of the concept, is also trying to introduce new energy vehicles in line with market demand.