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This week, chatter across the EV autosphere is centering on GM’s new strategy to install PHEV trucks into their lineup instead of going straight to all-electric versions. Silverado and Sierra plug-in hybrid pickups are rumored to enter the market very soon.

While Ford made quicker strides in releasing the all-electric F-150 Lightning, GM has spent billions to mod out its Michigan facility for EV production. The OEM has apparently now canceled its plans to introduce a direct competitor to the Lightning and will not move forward with the Silverado EV or the Sierra EV at this time.

Autoweek sources first shared the pivot. We’ve predicted that American drivers might lean on hybrids until OEMs and the EV infrastructure can support the mass adoption of EVs. To insiders, GM’s rumored shift isn’t a huge surprise.

A blue 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV parked in left profile view over a rocky creek
2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV | Chevrolet

In its Q4 2023 earnings call, GM CEO Mary Barra shared that the automaker would install hybrid options back into its lineup, implying that the EV overstory lacks infrastructural integrity. She said that although the company remains committed to its 2035 emissions goals, it will use PHEVs to make effective short-term progress.

In 2024, American automakers trying to shift green are all in the same boat. EV production is extremely expensive and lessens a truck’s otherwise standard capabilities. Autoweek sources also said Ford is pausing EV versions of the Maverick and Bronco until the 2030s.