Electric vehicles are definitely more popular than say, when GM killed the electric car in the 1990s. But if you notice one big pattern, none of the current EVs today are available in big, bulky, SUV and pickup truck forms. And that’s just simply because the two concepts clash quite terribly: EVs are built to be more energy efficient than normal gas cars and pickup trucks and SUVs are hardly energy efficient, since they’re designed to haul and tow things.
Additionally, because pickup trucks and SUVs weigh so much, they’d often be underwhelmed by battery packs that just aren’t able to serve the vehicle adequately. But now, AutomotiveNews reports GM and Ford might have found the key to electrifying pickup trucks.
At a recent press gathering at a luncheon in Detroit, Ford Board member and Pacific Gas & Electric CEO, Tony Early, officially announced that Ford and Chevrolet are considering electric variants to the F150 and the Silverado.
Though the initiation of the project hinges on much-needed investment assistance from the government, similarly to how Tesla received a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.
As of now, GM’s communications manager for electric vehicles, Kevin Kelly, said their team is currently in “informal brainstorming sessions.”