According to a report by Automatic week. The outlet quoted a “competitive analysis source” as saying the Chevy Express and GMC Savanna commercial vans would be discontinued after the 2025 model year. They would then be replaced by a new electric van, likely based on the Ultium platform. , for the 2026 model year.
We’ve reached out to GM for comment, and here’s the official statement sent to us:
“We have said in the past that as part of GM’s broader acceleration plans for electric vehicles, we would be adding two new vehicles to our commercial portfolio. The first is a full-size battery-electric minivan and the second is a medium-duty truck that puts both Ultium and our Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell technology in. We haven’t disclosed the timing, names or shared any other details, so any stories reporting more are purely speculative.
GM minivans are very old, having been introduced for the 1996 model year. They have barely changed since then, having only received a few facelifts and updated powertrains over the years. And with GM’s electrification plans, we’re not surprised these minivans are on the way out.
However, we have some disagreement on the announced replacement schedule. We suspect that upcoming electric vans will straddle older vans for at least a year. The reason being that there is a lot of these vans on the road, and there’s a lot equipment that corresponds to them. Vans, buses and more have components that were designed for the Express and Savanna. If you are a fleet that has invested in these components, you may not be ready to upgrade to a whole new platform. So GM will likely want to give fleet buyers one last chance to replace older minivans before fully committing to a new electric minivan platform.
It will also be interesting to see what type of market GM electric minivans enter. Ford already has its electric Transit on the way, and Stellantis will launch the Ram ProMaster electric van next year. These are both based on existing gas-powered vans. And GM itself has already delivered the first of its larger BrightDrop EV600 electric vans to FedEx. Upcoming GM vans are likely to be new platforms, which could give them performance and range advantages, although Ford and Stellantis vans will have the advantage of being compatible with equipment from variants to essence. This also assumes that the two brands aren’t releasing new versions around the same time as GM minivans.