The pick-up segment is one of the most important in the United States; in fact, for decades the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling car in the country, followed many times by the Chevrolet Silverado and RAM 1,500. Therefore, it is not surprising that this is one of the sectors that has been electrifying the fastest in recent times.
The expectation of the public is enormous; in fact, the Tesla Cybertruck accumulates more than a million reserves, and Ford has been forced to double the production of the F-150 Lightning to be able to meet its soaring demand. In addition, the opportunity is being seized by young startups such as Rivian to gain a foothold in this competitive category with models such as the ambitious R1T.
How could it be otherwise, General Motors, one of Detroit’s Big Three, has not stood idly by in the face of this invasion of electric pick-ups. Already last year the company presented the GMC Hummer EV, a radical model that in its most capable version announces a maximum power of 1,014 hp and a range of 529 km EPA.
However, the truth is that the GMC Hummer EV is a kind of performance-oriented super-truck; In other words, a high-performance model designed to stand up to the cutting-edge Tesla Cybertruck rather than the practical Ford F-150 Lightning. However, General Motors has now revealed a second more functional focus electric pickup: the new Chevrolet Silverado EV.
will be more functional than GMC Hummer EV
Unlike the F-150 Lightning, the Silverado EV is not derived from a thermal model but has been conceived from the ground up as electric. At the moment it will only be offered in Crew Cab configuration, although it will be available in versions WT (focused on professional use) and RST (focused on private use).
The WT model will have a starting price of $ 39,900; that is, the same rate as the Tesla Cybertruck RWD (402 km EPA). Initially, the Chevrolet pick-up will be available with various battery sizes. Although its capacity is unknown, it has been announced that the WT and RST models with the largest pack will homologate about 644 km EPA of autonomy, falling between the Cybertruck Dual Motor (483 km EPA) and Tri-Motor (805 km EPA), and outperforming the F-150 Lightning Standard Range (370 km EPA) and Extended Range (483 km EPA).
While the RST model will offer up to 590 kg of payload and 4,536 kg of towing capacity, the WT will stay at 544 kg of payload and 3,629 kg of towing capacity; however, later Chevrolet plans to offer a fleet-specific model that with the most capable battery pack will be able to tow up to 9,072 kg.
The first version to launch (spring 2023) will be the WT with the largest batteries, which will deliver 517 hp (380 kW) of power and 832 Nm of torque. A few months later (autumn 2023) the RST variant will be added, reaching 673 hp (495 kW) and 1,056 Nm. Thanks to its e4WD system you will be able to do the 0 to 60 miles per hour (0-96.6 km / h) in less than 4.5 seconds.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV will be able to charge to 350 kW of power
Both the Silverado EV WT and Silverado EV RST will be able to charge a maximum of 350 kW of power in direct current, which will allow them to recover about 161 km EPA of range in just 10 minutes. In addition, they will be able to supply up to 10.2 kW to external tools (or even charge another electric car and give power to a home).
The Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition, which will be fully equipped as standard, will be priced at $ 105,000. Customers who opt for the First Edition version will enjoy advances such as an adaptive air suspension (it should be noted that an independent scheme has been opted for on both axles) and a rear-wheel steering system, which will improve the maneuverability and handling of the vehicle. vehicle.
The most equipped models will feature a 17-inch touch screen, 11-inch configurable digital instrumentation, and a 14-inch full-color Head-Up Display. The Linux-based Ultifi software platform will support OTA updates. In addition, the RST versions will feature the Super Cruise “hands-free” autonomous driving system.
If we focus on the practicalities, we will see that, like the F-150 Lightning, the Silverado EV will feature a practical front trunk ( etrunk ). The first for this truck will be the Multi-Flex Midgate system, which will allow the second-row seats to be folded down to connect the passenger compartment with the cargo area, expanding it from 1.80 meters to 3.30 meters.