GWM is still working on an electric version of its Ute Cannon, but it’s not clear when it’ll actually hit production.
A prototype Cannon EV was revealed alongside the regular range at the 2019 Shanghai motor show, with the promise of 500km of range from its two-wheel drive powertrain.
At the time, GWM told Australian media it intended to bring the electric ute Down Under as a brand-building exercise.
“Development continues,” a GWM Australia spokesperson recently said about the electric ute’s progress.
“We don’t yet have any further information in terms of when [it will get] to market,” they said.
The EV ute market has developed rapidly since the GWM Ute Cannon’s reveal in 2019.
In the USA, established carmakers Ford, Chevrolet, GMC, and Ram are duking it out with the likes of Tesla and Rivian to establish a foothold in the burgeoning electric pickup world, while in Australia the LDV eT60 last year became the first factory-developed electric ute to hit dealers.
Chinese brand JAC has also flagged plans to enter the EV ute market in Australia.
GWM made clear it sees electric power – and an electric ute – as crucial in Australia over the coming years.
“We realise how important EV and hybrid technology is for us moving forward across every segment. If we can get that [EV ute] here we’re absolutely going to put our hands up for it. We’ll still continue to work on that,” said a GWM Australia spokesperson.
“It’s certainly on our radar, but in terms of being able to announce timing, pricing, we’re not any closer than we were a couple of years ago at this stage.”
GWM is preparing to kick off its local EV rollout with the Ora hatchback.
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