Back in April General Motors CEO Mary Barra confirmed during an earnings call that the company is working on a battery-electric pickup truck. Now, GM is reiterating its commitment to battery-powered trucks by way of company president Mark Reuss.
Reuss recently spoke to Wall Street investors at the UBS Global Industrials and Transportation Conference, where he confirmed the company’s first battery-electric pickup truck will be built on what the company calls its BEV3 architecture.
“We will have a complete electric lineup, including a pickup truck that’s in development,” Reuss told the audience of investors, according to Wards Auto.
BEV3 is a very flexible platform GM will leverage to underpin nearly all of its battery-electric vehicles. This architecture is key to GM reaching profitability with EV’s. Reuss says the architecture can support up to 10 different body styles with support for front, rear or all-wheel-drive. Apparently it is flexible enough to support even a pickup truck.
GM public commitment to offering an electric pickup have ramped up fairly quickly since the end of 2018, when electric startup Rivian came into the limelight with its upcoming R1T battery-electric truck.
The company has also faced pressure to talk trucks from cross-town rival Ford Motor Company, who has also confirmed publicly it is working on a battery-electric F-150.
While GM has talked about its electric truck publicly a few times now, it has yet to offer any details or set any kind of expectations for it. Which GM brand will get the electric pickup first, what will it be named and any semblance of its capabilities are still a mystery.