Chevy states the future of the Silverado is electrical and I [Alex] flew to Michigan to see what that suggests for one of the very best selling trucks in America. Top line? What it suggests is a more pricey truck with distinct functions discovered no place else and plenty of unanswered concerns. Let's dive in.
What is it? The 2024 Silverado EV is * NOT * a transformed Silverado like we see in the F-150 and upcoming RAM BEV. Instead, this is a ground up clean-sheet 21st century pickup truck style. Consider it as a re-imagining of what a truck could/should be. Yes, it's a unibody truck. No, that's not a problem. The merged battery-body-structure of the truck yields enhanced rigidness, more steady towing, and (likely) enhanced off-road capability in the upcoming off-road variations. This is definitely various type the Ford and RAM that use the same body mated to a brand-new EV-specific frame.
Chevy has chosen not to disclose the battery capability, however its most likely the same 212 kWh battery that the Hummer truck utilizes, however the Silverado is much, much more efficient. Chevy states that the 24-module variations will be EPA ranked for 450 miles, and although we don't have the final numbers, highway range is likely to be over 400 miles. This is thanks to better aero and the bigger battery vs the Lightning.
Power for the work truck variation will originate from de-rated motors vs the consumer variations, although 510 HP and 615 lb-ft is still pretty healthy. Towing capacity has been modified up to 10,000 pounds of SAE accredited towing (up from 8,000).
Mentioning power, you can off-board 10.2 kW of 120/240V air conditioning power from the Silverado through the onboard outlets and the J1772 (charge connector) breakout box. Trying to find an auto-house backup solution? Chevy does not have a response yet.
Curb weight? A tremendous 8,532 pounds. Oops. Bear in mind that the RST will have more animal comforts and the mid-gate option which should bump weight near to 9,000 lbs.
Sooo, how much will it cost? Well, at the start $77,990 plus destination will get fleet clients the WT trim with the huge battery. Not a fleet client? Regrettable, you can't purchase one. A fully-loaded RST First Edition will be $105,000. Oops. How about the smaller battery (~ 167 kWh) work truck version? Just a little discount rate occurs there putting it at $72,905.
What does that mean for the all-electric future of the Silverado? Likely greater MSRPs all around. The base model will likely start around $55,000+. What do you think? Are you team Lightning? Silverado? RAM? Cybertruck?
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