Whatever it will be branded, the new full-size electric pickup will look more like traditional petrol- and diesel-powered utes, as well as the upcoming electric Rivian R1T, than the divisively angular and groundbreaking Tesla Cybertruck.
Production of the new electric ute is scheduled to begin in late 2021, and it will be made at one of the North American factories initially slated for closure at the end of 2018.
Above: General Motors president, Mark Reuss, announcing the changes for the Detroit-Hamtramck factory.
The Detroit-Hamtramck plant, which currently produces the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala sedans, will be converted into the General's first factory 100 per cent dedicated to electric vehicle (EV) production.
US production of the CT6 and Impala are scheduled to end in February. Once the plant is idle, the automaker will begin renovation and conversion work, including upgrades for the paint and body shop, revisions for the assembly area, and adding new controls, conveyors, machines, and tooling to the site.
All up, changes at the Detroit-area factory are estimated to cost US$2.2 billion ($3.2 billion). From late 2022, the factory will also begin production of the Cruise Origin autonomous ride-hailing shuttle, which was unveiled last week.
At present the Detroit-Hamtramck employs around 900 people, but once the plant has been converted and is operating at full pace GM anticipates it will have roughly 2200 employees.