2024 Chevy Silverado Electric Pickup – The year of the electric pickup truck is upon us. The Rivian R1T, GMC Hummer EV, and Ford F-150 Lightning are both now available to paying customers. Ford has so many reservations about it (200,000 at the last count) that they have adjusted production targets to 40,000 to 150,000 units per year.
2024 Chevy Silverado Electric Pickup Review
Although it will be available for sale next year, it is a bit late to the electric pickup party but should help satisfy overwhelming consumer demand. Silverado’s first EV will be the $40,000 WT model (work truck), which will go on sale in spring 2023. General Motors has not yet revealed the range or battery capacities for this model, but it claims it will have 510 horsepower (or 615 pound-feet) and enough torque to transport work crews and materials between job sites.
The luxury-oriented RST model will follow in fall 2023. It boasts a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds and 664 horsepower. The truck is initially only available in the fully-loaded First Edition trim. It will feature four-wheel steering and ride height adjusting air suspension. Tech’d interior features include a tech’d tailgate and an industry-first semi-autonomous driving function capable of towing trailers. The truck is priced at $105,000. It does come with a 200-kilowatt hour battery and a 400-mile driving range.
Ford’s F-150 Lightning platform shares the Silverado EV’s with the internal combustion F-150. The Silverado EV is built on top of GM’s Ultium electric-only chassis which shares the GMC Hummer EV. The Silverado EV is significantly larger than the F-150 Lightning. The Chevy measures over six feet tall, and 19 feet in length. It is much smaller than a semi-ton truck like the F-150 Lightning.
It makes the most of its size by folding the mid-gate, which drops the bulkhead between rear seats and bed. This extends cargo length from 5.9 feet to 10.9 feet. If you want to use the full height of the cab to transport bulky items, the rear glass can be removed. The Silverado EV has a large front trunk, just like other electric pickups.
2024 Chevy Silverado Electric Pickup Release Date & Price
General Motors claims that the next versions of the truck will be available sometime after 2024. They will offer a range of prices between the basic WT and the ultra-fancy RST. General Motors claims it is targeting prices of $50,000, $60,000, and $70,000 for the truck, as well as adding more off-road-oriented trims. The Silverado EV versions being shown now have two motors to the Hummer’s three and are without the Hummer’s locking front differential. This will reduce capability on technical off-road terrain. The unique EV platform gives the Silverado EV some cool features, such as four-wheel steering. However, there are also limitations. The WT can only carry 1,200 pounds while the RST can hold up to 1,300. The Rivian R1T can hold 1,760 pounds, while the F-150 Lightning can transport 2,000 pounds. Payload refers to the vehicle’s total weight, not what you put in it. This number must include canine and human passengers as well as any other items in the truck. The Silverado EV’s small payload will limit its ability to perform other than commute-style tasks. It is close to the Toyota Tacoma. You can see the dangers of hauling heavy items such as mulch pallets, which weigh 1,200 pounds, with a truck.
Black plastic body trim and steel wheels are featured on the $40,000 Work Truck model. This truck is designed for fleet customers. General Motors claims that a future Silverado EV variant will be able to tow up to 20,000 pounds. However, there is no timeline or cost. This is double the amount possible with the models Chevy currently shows–and also the F-150 Lightning. The Silverado EV, like the Ford, will have significant power supply capabilities. It can provide 110 and 240-volt power outlets and up to 10.2 kilowatts of energy. This will come in handy on the Jobsite, in camp, or to power your home appliances in an emergency. Although the $40,000 WT is very affordable, it won’t be capable of safely transporting much equipment, crews, or supplies. Although the six-figure RST offers an impressive range, it lacks some of the off-road features that more adventurous drivers may need. Although the truck has the largest bed of any EV, it won’t allow you to load heavy items onto it. GM hopes future models that fit between the WT/RST will be able to work and play a little bit harder.