Al Roker visits Metro Detroit to see General Motors’ plan for the future of electric vehicles

ORION, me. – General Motors’ drive to go fully electric is attracting national attention.

Local 4’s Devin Scillian went to an assembly plant to see why Al Roker wanted to check out plans for an electric drive himself.

Al Roker is just as much a part of the American morning as a cup of coffee.

He worked on the Today Show for 25 years. A year and a half ago, Roker was named head of NBC’s climate unit, which has taken him around the globe to focus on the environment.

Most recently, he was at General Motors’ Orion assembly plant.

Roker spent time with GM President Mark Reuss while adhering to social distancing protocols, each in his own all-electric Chevy Bolt.

You can see Al Roker’s tour of GM’s Orion assembly plant and GM’s electrical plans on Tuesday’s third hour of the Today Show at 9am

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According to General Motors, an electric version of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup will have an estimated range of 400 miles per charge.

The company announced the range in a webcast on Tuesday, saying the truck will be built at a factory on the border between Detroit and the Hamtramck enclave. It was also announced that the plant will build the new 2024 GMC Hummer SUV.

The announcement of the pickup increases competition for future buyers in the hot truck market. Ford has already announced plans to start building an electric F-150 in Dearborn, Michigan starting next year, while Fiat Chrysler (now Stellantis) has announced it will have an all-electric Ram pickup truck.

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