GM is developing an electric vanJune 5, 2020
General Motors Corporation is preparing to show an electric van by the end of 2021 to withstand the seizure of the car market for environmentally friendly transport by Ford, Hyundai and ambitious startups working with them.
In addition to pickups that are updated every year, General Motors today launches Chevrolet Express / GMC Savana commercial vans, whose design has not changed much since 1995. Demand for a morally obsolete model is very high: last year, the United States sold 77,457 Chevrolet Express units, 15.7% more than in 2018, but the more modern Ford Transit still holds the first position in the segment – in 2019 sold 153 867 pcs. (+ 11.7%).
It became known that the corporation began to create a completely new mid-size electric van with the code designation BV1, and by the end of 2021 it will be on sale. The new modular platform and the Ultium battery, which GM is developing together with LG Chem, will partially or completely lie in the base of this new product.
GM previously did not talk about the electric van: among the 20 new electric models that the corporation intends to present by 2023, there were pickups (including GMC Hummer), crossovers and sedans, but not a word about commercial vans. And now it turns out that the van is one of the priority projects.
GM’s rush is clear: electric Ford Transit is expected to debut in 2021, when Rivian, an American startup, will ship its first electric vans to Amazon delivery service.
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