GMI Spied! 2013 Chevrolet Volt "ET" Truck!
GM Readies Volt-Based Pick Up
April 1st, 2011
by: Alex Villani
GMI spies snapped this shot of a Volt testing down at GM's Arizona proving grounds, with a bed! GMI received some inside info of a new variant of Volt testing to be readied for 2013 to help expand and spread out cost of the Voltec technology. GM's Advanced technology program was able to double the size of the lithium Ion battery due to the loss of rear seats, and gaining a flat floor to sore batteries under.
Range should improve to an impressive 80 miles on pure electric power due to the larger capacity battery, and the range extender pushing the electric ute another 340 miles. GMI tried to get an official statement about the pick up truck, but as of this writing, there was still no response. What we can see here is that the “ET”or “Electric Truck” as it is being called internally, has received a longer wheel base for the large six and a half foot long bed, as well as a little height to complete the truck look, but a lot of the Volt design elements are still intact such as the LED tail lights.
It is easy to see why GM would make this move, as it helps the company on many fronts. First and foremost the Volt "ET" helps improve CAFE scores of Chevrolet's truck line up, on top of spread out the cost of the very expensive technology. With CEO Dan Ackerson pushing hard to reduce the retail price of the standard Volt, this is a smart road to travel. Taking into account America's love affair of pick ups, and the rise of gas prices forcing people to move to smaller vehicles, offering a small pick up that can haul up to a reported 500lbs in its small 6.5 foot bed, or tow over 750 pounds for 60 to 80 miles gas free should make these trucks a hot commodity.
No price set, but expect that with a larger battery means slightly higher price tag. Our sources say that "under 45" is the target, to keep price around a fully loaded Silverado. No news on a crew cab version, or if there will be an all-wheel drive model or a Z71 trim version at this time. As more news comes out, we will update everyone!