GM’s first electric truck could be ready in 2021
GM plans to bring an electric truck to the market in fall of 2021, TechCrunch reports. GM CEO Mary Barra made the announcement today during GM's investor day. GM's electric truck plans were rumored last month, when the Detroit Free Press reported that the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant would remain open to produce the electric pickup. But this is the first time the company has mentioned a timeline. The electric truck market is becoming more crowded. Rivian's R1T electric pickup is slated to arrive in 2020, and Tesla plans to introduce its electric truck in 2021.
If you've been eager to cast your eyes onyou won't have to wait too much longer. CEO Elon Musk says the automaker will reveal its Cybertruck at a Los Angeles event November 21st.
Cybertruck unveil on Nov 21 in LA near SpaceX rocket factory— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
Muskat Tesla's annual shareholders meeting in June. He suggested that Ford's F-150, which Musk called a "great truck," is a bit of a benchmark for Tesla's own vehicle ( ).
The Cybertruck has been crafted to "meet or exceed an F-150. If the F-150 can do it then a Tesla truck should be able to do it." Musk suggested it has a bold "cyberpunk" design, "like it came out of a sci-fi movie." It seems the rest of us will get to determine whether that's accurate in a couple of weeks.
GM's electric pickup truck to go on sale in 2021
When it comes to electric pickup trucks, General Motors doesn't appear interested in letting Tesla hog the spotlight. © Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images Line workers work on the chassis of full-size General Motors pickup trucks at the Flint Assembly plant on June 12, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. - GM announced the second major expansion of its full-size pickup production capacity this year: with a $150 million investment at Flint Assembly to increase production of the all-new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups.
Musk also noted the reveal date is "strangely familiar." The classic cyberpunk movie Blade Runner is set in Los Angeles in November 2019, after all.
The date is strangely familiar ...— Elon Musk (@elonmusk)
Mercedes opens the front against Tesla with its eco-electric system
It is 18h at the Mercedes stand of the Paris Motor Show, and a man with white hair advances discreetly towards the EQ, the concept car that foreshadows the electric range of the German brand. This man lingers a long time before sitting behind the wheel of this futuristic SUV at the luminous grille and circled with a recognizable electric blue from far away. Almost 30 minutes later, Matthias Müller, powerful CEO of the Volkswagen Group, finally decides to leave the Mercedes stand. The story does not say if he was impressed by the EQ. What is certain, however, is that Mercedes hit a big blow with its electric program.
"It's more than a concept car, it's all an eco-system that we want to build around the electric car," says Pierre-Edouard Appeyroux, product manager at Mercedes.
Tesla in the line of sight
Mercedes announces a dozen 100% electric models built from the same modular architecture between 2020 and 2025. SUVs, sedans, coupes and even cabriolets can be drawn on this basis. will be adaptable in length. "The goal is to offer Mercedes-style performance on these electric models," explains Pierre-Edouard Appeyroux.
Thus, the target range on the SUV presented at the show is 500 km, 408 horsepower and a torque of 700 Nm, the equivalent of what offers an engine AMG RS. In other words, Mercedes is preparing the response to Tesla, the American brand that broke through with its 100% electric luxury cars. It also responded immediately in August, after the rumors ofannouncing the electric program of Mercedes
The future will tell if Mercedes will want to enter this overbid. In the meantime, she said she wanted to propose an electrical solution upstream with energy accumulators that individuals can install at home, and they can power by solar panels. This solution also resembles what Tesla already offers. Finally, the German brand program includes an ambitious integrated connectivity component to make the EQ range of electric and connected cars. "The idea is to mix these universes in an eco-system", explains Pierre-Edouard Appeyroux.
world The EQ that will be marketed before 2020 is resolutely modern and offensive. The premium brands, which snubbed the electric technology there is little, have thus decided to embark on the battle, in the forefront of which therefore Mercedes, but also the Volkswagen group which has just presented the ID, but also Audi and Porsche which had already unveiled very ambitious concept cars. Matthias Müller could not therefore deprive himself of studying under a magnifying glass, the Mercedes concept ...
Tesla's electric ATV should launch at the same time as the Cybertruck .
Tesla has said precious little about its Cyberquad electric ATV, but it's now sharing one of the most important details: when you can expect to get one. Elon Musk told Twitter followers that Tesla was planning to release the ATV at the same time as the Cybertruck, or late 2021. Pricing, performance and other details are still unknown, but you won't be deprived of electric off-roading if you're an early adopter. Musk also toyed with the prospect of designing an electric dirt bike for those who prefer two-wheeled adventures, although he didn't say how serious he was about the prospect. You can forget about an electric motorcycle, though.