Why the Chevrolet Silverado EV Will Be Worth the Wait, According to Consumer Reports

We won’t get to see it for over a year, but the Chevy Silverado EV will be worth the wait. Is this the EV you’ve been hoping for?
Written by Katie Dyer
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Mar 17, 2022
Electric
pickup trucks
are slowly but surely making their way into the American car-buying market, and the upcoming 2024 crew cab
Chevrolet
Silverado EV is already generating some buzz. It hasn’t been released yet, and won’t be released until 2023, but
Consumer Reports
dubs it a vehicle to watch. Will this be the vehicle that propels you into the EV market? 

What we know so far

While GM has not released all the details yet, they have released a prototype. At first glance, the
Silverado EV
brings to mind the Chevy Avalanche truck in body style. 
One of the most interesting features is the multi-flex midgate. The back of the cab can fold in, allowing cargo storage to extend from the bed of the truck into the cabin, allowing the 5’11” bed to turn into almost 11’ of cargo storage with both the midgate and the tailgate open. 
According to Consumer Reports, “Unlike a conventional pickup truck—which has separate body and bed pieces that sit atop a ladder frame—the Silverado EVs chassis is built around the structure of its battery pack, and its bed and body form a seamless structure.”
Chevrolet estimates the Silverado EV will have approximately 400 miles of driving range. Consumer Reports states that it comes with two electric motors, one on the front axle and one on the back axle. Four-wheel drive is optional. It will come with four-wheel steering, large 24” inch wheels, and an adaptive suspension. 

What are the trim levels?

The Work Truck trim will be released in the spring of 2023, but will only be available to commercial fleet buyers initially, starting around $40,000. In the fall of 2023, the fully loaded first edition RST trim level will be released to consumers starting at $105,000. 
Eventually, there will be standard RST trim and a Trail Boss trim level, and all trims, including the Work Truck, will be available to consumers. This will be the top trim level, where performance and luxury abound. The mid-level trims will start anywhere from $50-80,000.
The initial Work Truck will produce up to 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque. It will be able to tow 8,000 pounds, but Chevy says a later version will be able to tow up to 20,000 pounds. Due to the heavy battery and vehicle, it will only have a payload capacity of 1,200 pounds. 
The first edition RST should produce up to 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque when driven in the Wide Open Watts (or WOW) mode. WOW mode enables 0-60 mph in under 4.5 seconds. It will be able to tow 10,000 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1300 pounds. 

What else do we know?

The Silverado EV features a whopping 10 electrical outlets, multiple digital touch screens, over-the-air updates, and an option of an expansive all-glass roof among other features. 
While Chevy hasn’t specified the exact amount of cargo space, it does have a frunk (front-truck) for extra weather-protected storage. As with most EVs, the interiors have a roomy feel, especially in the rear seats, where the floor is flat. 
“GM says the Silverado EV will include ‘a comprehensive suite of standard and available safety technologies,’ and that the more expensive RST trim will come with a towing-compatible version of Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology,” according to Consumer Reports. 
GM is attempting to go
all-electric
by 2035 and to be more than 40% electric by 2025, which is fairly high-reaching but shows the direction the automaker is going.
The Silverado EV’s biggest competitors will be the Rivian R1T, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and the
Ford-150
Lightning. 

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