The truck wars in Detroit have gone electric.
In response to Ford Motor Co.’s F-150 Lightning EV volley, General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet unveiled its first Silverado electric pickup with headline-grabbing features like a mid-gate bed extension at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday let go, 664 hp and 400 miles of range.
The loaded Silverado RST pickup valued at US $ 105,000 for 2024 will lead the EV truck parade, followed by other model variants in 2024.The fleet-oriented work truck is set to go on sale in spring 2023, while RST opens in late 2023 the market should come.
As with Lightning, Silverado EV prices start at just under $ 40,000 before government tax breaks. Unlike Lightning, which uses a well-known F-150 ladder frame, the Silverado EV makes a clear break with its gasoline-powered Silverado stablemate with a brand new platform based on GM’s 800-volt Ultium battery skateboard and fast 350 kW. allows charging. It’s the same architecture that weighs the Hummer EV – GMC’s first foray into the electric pickup space.
“We have one foot in both camps,” said Chevrolet marketing guru Steve Majoros, as the brand will now produce trucks on gas and electric platforms. Majoros and the Silverado team gave the media a glimpse into the recording before the official CES intro.
Following the Fleet Customer Work Truck and premium RST retail model, production will ramp up in 2024, with models like the base WT ($ 39,900 with a smaller battery) and the DFC, RST and Trail Boss models for $ 50,000 to $ 80,000 are available.
Chevrolet’s Dearborn rival is already taking orders for four trim levels due to hit the market this spring: Lightning Pro ($ 39,974, excluding $ 1,695 destination fee), XLT ($ 52,974), Lariat ($ 67,474) Dollars) and Platinum ($ 90,874).
The 400-mile work truck with a large battery (price to be set) is designed to help company fleets meet the ESG (environmental, social and governance) requirements of green investors by filling their fleets with zero-emission vehicles.
“The Silverado EV (provides) customers with a truly workable truck that will help them transition to an electric fleet and help them meet their own sustainability goals,” said GM Fleet VP Ed Peper.
The retail strategy is initially aimed at premium EV buyers who also have the coin for a Mercedes EQS EV worth $ 105,000, for example. Pickups like the Silverado High Country have been valued by luxury items in recent years, though the RST EV will cost $ 40,000 more than a fully loaded V8-powered High Country.
For this price, buyers get a lot. The Silverado EV is a rolling technology showcase. Playing in the same space as other luxury trucks from startups like Rivian, Bollinger, and Tesla, it boasts of great KPIs that can deliver high-torque batteries.
The same Ultium batteries that propel the three-engine Hummer from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds get the dual-engine Silverado RST there in under 4.5 seconds. Name 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque. The high-voltage platform can rival the Porsche and Lucid Air luxury cars, and can add 100 miles of range in 10 minutes with a quick charger. The Chevy’s 400 mile range exceeds Lightning by 100 miles.
“The Ultium platform allowed our design and engineering teams to start from scratch and develop a pickup truck with impressive performance,” said Nichole Kraatz, Silverado EV chief engineer, who added that the architecture was over-the-air software -Allows for updates to improve the truck over time.
The truck’s expansive 145.6-inch wheelbase sits on huge 24-inch wheels and independent air suspension – its profile is slimmer than the similarly large, gas-powered Silverado. The bonnet and cowl are lower for improved aerodynamics. A fashionable LED light, similar to Lightning, runs across the entire width of the grilleless front apron. Silverado EV does not share any body parts with its petrol brother.
Get into the cabin and the truck will switch on via card, key or phone app recognition. The interior is palatial. Two 11- and 17-inch screens anchor the dashboard with a 14-inch head-up display projected over the hood. Semi-autonomous SuperCruise technology allows drivers to delve deep into the infotainment menus while driving hands-free. Also of note is a Tesla-style pillar shift lever and class-leading 7 gallon console storage.
The hallmark of the pickup is the bed.
A flying buttress C-pillar – reminiscent of the 2013 Chevy Avalanche pickup – frames the 5’11-inch bed, which can be expanded to 9 feet (10’10 inches with the tailgate lowered) by using the Multi-Flex Midgate wall and the window behind it are lowered behind, passengers in the crew cabin. It doesn’t look as radical as the angular Tesla Cybertruck, but it differs from traditional, box-shaped Silverados. The door can be divided 60/40 – or falling flat with storage space for the removable window. The rear Multi-Flex tailgate offers multifunctionality such as accessible steps or a work table.
“This isn’t a conventionally styled pickup,” says designer Ryan Vaughn. “It’s more muscular, slimmer. It is powered by functionality. The electric range is important. “
The bed’s utility is aided by the rigid chassis structure that sits on top of the Ultium platform – the battery is low for an improved center of gravity. Underbody protection extends the length of the truck and helps keep road noise out of the cab.
The RST offers all-wheel steering for maneuverability in tight spaces on and off the road. Hook up a trailer and it will pull 10,000 pounds – although that will likely affect range. TFLTruck.com estimates that towing will degrade mpg in a gas / hybrid truck by 70% – and will take a similar toll on battery range.
Without an engine at the front, the cavity under the bonnet is used as an electric trunk (front trunk) that can hold three pieces of luggage. Frunks were popularized by Tesla EVs and the Ford Lightning offers its own lockable cavity. In total, the RST and the Work Truck have 10 charging sockets that Chevy says can be used to power a tailgate party, a home or even another electric vehicle.
The fleet-oriented work truck will arrive before RST and offer more reserves while still offering a range of 400 miles. The multi-flex tailgate is not available and is scaled down to 510 ponies and 615 pound-feet of torque. Payload? 1,200 pounds compared to the RST’s 1,300 pounds, with a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds.
The work truck is characterized by a black panel – shades of its gas colleague.
Chevy bills the six-digit RST as a “statement truck” – a Halo EV to attract customers and encourage dealers to invest in EV infrastructure. It will likely compete with the $ 92,000 Lightning Platinum, the top trim on Ford’s EV pickup truck. Of the 2,900 Chevy dealerships, Majoros says 2,000 have been certified to sell low volume Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV frequencies, making them ready to sell Silverado EV as well.
Chevrolet is optimistic about the California market. In addition to having the strictest environmental regulations in the country, the Golden State has the largest electric vehicle sector, accounting for nearly half of US electric vehicle sales. Silverado is the best-selling pickup truck in Los Angeles.
The Silverado EV will be assembled with the Hummer EV at the Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, the facility that was converted with an EV-focused investment of $ 2.2 billion.
Henry Payne is a car critic for The Detroit News. Find him at [email protected] or Twitter @HenryEPayne.