A shelf of electric pickup trucks has arrived. And while the Chevrolet Silvarado EV 2024 isn’t GM’s very first electric pickup, it has everything it needs to compete successfully with the Ford F-150 Lightning.
It wouldn’t be a mistake to call the Silverado EV the more affordable version of the GMC Hummer EV electric pickup – they share the same platform. The Hummer is more expensive and more prestigious, while the Silverado EV 2024 is the next generation workhorse. Even its basic version is simply called Work Truck. The top variant is designated by the RST index. Unlike the Hummer, the Silverado does not support the much-touted Crab Walk mode, which allows for diagonal movement. There is also no Extract Mode with a ground clearance increased to 40 cm.
Chevrolet Silverado EV all-wheel drive regardless of version. In the base, the electric motors deliver 517 hp. and 834 Nm of torque, the characteristics of the RST version are more interesting – 664 hp. and 1063 Nm. The declared cruising range is 400 miles, or approximately 640 km. The pickup supports very fast charging from 350 kW terminals: in 10 minutes of connection to them, the traction battery accumulates enough charge to cover 160 km. For the Americans, the parameter of the mass of the towed trailer is also important. For the Silverado EV, it is 4.53 tons, and the body can accommodate a load of 590 kg. As an option, the Max Tow package will be offered, with which the pickup will be able to pull trailers twice as heavy.
At the base, the Silverado EV is equipped with a dashboard with an 11-inch display. The top version of the RST has a 17-inch multimedia system and a 14-inch projection screen. Media system software platform – Ultifi based on Linux.
Of the pickup chips, the PowerBase system with 10 conventional sockets, which is even in the basic version, can be noted. It allows various consumers (for example, power tools) to be powered from the traction battery of an electric vehicle with a maximum power of 10.2 kW. What’s more, the Silverado, like its main competitor with the blue oval on the hood, supports reverse charging – it allows you to recharge other electric vehicles. Under the hood of the novelty there is a rather spacious trunk, and the length of the cargo platform is 1.8 m.
Production of the Chevrolet Silverado EV will start in about a year: the first cars will be shipped to customers in the spring of 2023, and these will be cars in the basic WT version. The high-end RSTs will go on sale in the fall of 2023. The Chevrolet Silverado EV WT is priced at $ 41,595 in the US, including shipping. Ford F-150 Lightning costs about the same. But the price of the top version of the pickup comes up to 105,000 dollars. Pre-orders are already being accepted, and with a classic $ 100 deposit.