For GMC The Future is Here: All-Electric GMC Trucks & SUVs

Over the past decade or so, the automobile industry as a whole has undergone a major shift.
For so long, gas-powered vehicles dominated the mainstream auto market because they were
the only option available. Now, however, hybrid gas-electric cars and all-electric vehicles that
run on 100% battery power have changed the auto industry forever.

The age of all-electric cars becoming the norm on the road has just begun, and it’s happening
faster than anyone could have predicted. Not too long ago, all-electric cars were nothing more
than a dream that had yet to come to fruition. Many drivers believed that dream would never
come true. Once all-electric cars became a reality and entered the mainstream market, they
were still only available from a select few companies and were very expensive.

The Future of Electric Cars

Recent estimates, however, predict that by the year 2040, the majority of new cars that are sold
worldwide will be all-electric vehicles. In 2018, more than 2 million all-electric vehicles were sold
around the world. By 2040, that number is expected to increase to reach 56 million.

Many factors have led to the increasing practicality and widespread popularity of owning and
driving an all-electric vehicle. Electric cars are no longer only suitable for the ultra-wealthy. They
are now quickly surpassing gas-powered cars as the more economical choice for average
drivers. All-electric vehicles are cheaper to own than gas-powered cars. Simply driving an
electric car eliminates fuel costs, and the initial price of electric cars continues to decrease. The
increase in public charging stations for electric vehicles has also contributed to the increase in
the practicality of owning a battery-powered car. At the end of 2018, there were an estimated
57,000 charging outlets and more than 20,000 charging stations specifically for electric vehicles
across the U.S. alone.

 

Consumer Demand

As the consumer demand for all-electric vehicles increases, a higher number of mainstream
automakers are beginning to produce their own all-electric vehicles and make them widely
available for consumers. Chevrolet, Ford, and Nissan are just a few of the many big-name
automaker brands who have chosen to add all-electric options to their vehicle lineups.
Another turning point in the shift toward a focus on electric vehicles in the mainstream auto
industry has been the plans of many major automobile manufacturers to design and
mass-produce all-electric versions of the larger vehicles in their lineups—i.e. full-size SUVs,
trucks, etc. This development would expand the reach of all-electric cars and help electric
vehicles branch out from compact car models.

GMC Plans to Go All-Electric

One of the major automaker brands that has plans to electrify some of their bulkier vehicles is
General Motors, which eventually plans to produce only all-electric cars.
In early 2019, high-up reps from GMC revealed their plans to produce all-electric full-size trucks
and SUVs in the near future. GMC representatives have addressed the possibility of electrifying
specific vehicles that are already in their lineup. They have even discussed potential plans to produce
an all-electric version of their iconic Sierra full-size pickup truck.

GMC’s exact plans for launching all-electric SUVs and full-size trucks are still somewhat
ambiguous. However, the very fact that such a major automaker brand is shifting its focus
toward electric vehicles even for their bulkier models demonstrates how pervasive of an
influence the shift toward all-electric vehicles has already had and continues to have on the
mainstream auto market.