General Motors could be joining the race for the production of electric pickups, according to Motortrend.com.
Tesla and Rivian have already announced plans for such a truck, while Ford recently revealed they're looking to build an electric version of the F-150. And, per the aforementioned source, GMC could seek to get in on the action.
Back in November, the company said that consumers should not expect an electric pickup from GM, with vice president of global strategy Mike Abelson claiming as much. Yet it appears that they may have gone back on their stance.
“The core business is going to be the core business for a couple of decades to come," Abelson declared back then. "There will not be any AV/EV pickups.”
In direct contrast, though, Buick-GMC vice president Duncan Aldred has since said that it's being considered. "Certainly, it's something we're considering," he told the Detroit Bureau.
As far as EV pickups go, the Rivian R1T is thought to be ahead, having debuted at the Los Angeles auto show back in November. It is expected to give drivers more than 400 miles of travel with its largest battery.
Tesla, meanwhile, hasn't released details regarding their pickup but CEO Elon Musk has said that it will drop right after the Model Y small utility. Ford, on the other hand, has hinted that their electric F-150 could be a few years in the making. However, they did announce that their Mustang-Inspired EV will be unveiled this year and will be on the market in 2020.
GMC hasn't given any indication as to when their EVs will go into production and the details remain unclear. It could be that they only become available for purchase when most vehicles on the road are electric.
They do plan to release 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, though, with a Cadillac poised to be the first EV on their platform to roll out.