New truck capable of 400 miles of range on single charge
Rather than just taking a page from the Hummer EV, Chevrolet’s new 2024 Silverado EV borrows more on the scale of chapter and verse, as illustrated by its reveal at the scaled-down 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Riding GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform, the foundation of the new Chevrolet Silverado EV is already familiar; it underpins the companion Sierra EV and the Hummer EVs previously shown and will comes with one, two or three electric motors, depending on variables.
Ultium is modular, allowing the company to make a wide array of vehicles from a single platform and adapt to any trends in the industry quicker. Available in base Work Truck (WT) and a flagship RST trim at first, with a WT fleet and Trail Boss versions to come later. Chevy officials are claiming there will be versions making 510 hp/615 lbs-ft of torque (Work Truck) and 664 hp and 780 lbs-ft (RST) horsepower and have a range of 400 miles on a single, full charge. The company claims the full-size pickup will hit 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
What differs is the look. With its electric unibrow and grill-less front end, you can tell it’s a Chevy. The sculpted doors make the EV truck looks a lot like the dearly departed Avalanche from the sides. Standard bed length is five feet, 11 inches, or 71 inches. In another Avalanche flashback, the mid-gate on RST trim offers up to 10 feet, 10 inches with the multi-flex tailgate.
One of its new, available features is a fixed-glass roof, which Chevy claims offers expansive visibility, more headroom and an “enhanced experience for passengers.” It’s the first application of a fixed-glass roof on a GM pickup. With no engine under the hood, there’s additional cargo space in the locking eTrunk
Another feature is four-wheel steer, a version of which was previously offered as Quadrasteer on select Chevy and GMC pickups, Suburbans and Yukons from 2002 to 2005. The advantages of four-wheel steering are plenty – more agility, tighter turning radius at slow speeds, better handling and stability at highway speeds and enhanced trailering dynamics.
The RST can tow up to 10,000 pounds while the WT can handle 8,000 pounds. The WT fleet version coming later will be able to tow up to 20,000 pounds. The EV can gain 100 miles in 10 minutes with a DC fast charger.
There is also a PowerBase charging system with 10 outlets and 10.2kW of electric power. PowerBase can power tools, toys or your home, plus other EVs, just like Chevy’s cross-town rival in Dearborn.
Overall, Chevy is taking a different tack than Ford did with its electrified F-150 Lightning pickup. Ford modified its existing truck into an EV, which means its prices aren’t stratospheric; around $40,000 to start. GMC’s Hummer EV starts north of $100,000, with an $80,000 version coming later.
Chevy says the Silverado EV will start at $41,595 (including destination) and the RST starts at $106,695.
Chevrolet plans on taking reservations for its new trucks an hour after the reveal begins at Chevrolet.com. The Silverado EV will be built alongside its EV siblings at GM’s Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. The WT trim should be available spring 2023 with the RST to follow in the autumn.