The 2024 Silverado EV appears a more conventional take on the electric pickup truck, although sharing its electric motor with the boisterous GMC Hummer EV. Some may find the possible midgate design evocative of the now-discontinued Avalanche pickup truck from the early 2000s since it allows owners to fold down the wall between the bed and the cab for more storage space. A massive battery pack is touted to give up to 400 miles of range per charge, and DC fast-charging technology may charge the battery to a range of 100 miles in just 10 minutes.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV will be a new addition to the portfolio, debuting in 2024 and going on sale in 2023.
The Silverado EV will be capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds and hauling up to 1300 pounds of payload thanks to dual electric motors that provide standard all-wheel drive and up to 664 horsepower. Chevrolet hasn’t revealed all of the details regarding the truck, but it has stated that it would be manufactured in Michigan at the same factory that produces Hummers. The Silverado EV will face fierce competition when it goes on sale, including the Ford F-150 Lightning and upstart alternatives like the Rivian R1T and the Tesla Cybertruck.
E-Motor, Transmission, and Performance
The 2024 Silverado EV will be powered by two electric motors, unlike the Hummer EV, which has up to three. The arrangement should nevertheless give strong acceleration, with Chevrolet claiming a horsepower rating of at least 664 hp in the top-spec RST model and 510 hp in the base WT trim. All-wheel drive and a four-wheel steering system are standard.
The RST variant comes standard with adjustable air suspension, and a set of massive cool-looking 24-inch wheels is available as an option.
Locking differentials, beefy all-terrain tires, and other adventure-ready features are likely to be added to the Silverado EV’s suspension in the Trail Boss edition.
The maximum towing capability of the Silverado EV will be 10,000 pounds for the RST trim and 8000 pounds for the WT grade at launch. Chevrolet has announced that a model with a 20,000-pound towing capability would be added to the range in the future.
Battery Capacity, Range, and Charge
The 2024 Silverado EV will be powered by GM‘s new Ultium battery technology, which can be expanded out to build a 200-kWh battery pack. The Silverado EV will have a range of up to 400 miles per charge, according to Chevrolet. Clearly, the real-world range may vary, particularly while towing, which the Silverado EV must be capable of.
DC fast charging will come standard, and Chevrolet boasts that a public DC charging station can provide 100 miles of range to the battery in just 10 minutes.
The Interior and Exterior Design of The Silverado EV
In terms of appearance and technology, the Silverado EV stands apart from its combustion-powered siblings. In comparison to the basic Silverado, the RST and WT trims have a more aerodynamic body, and both include the PowerBase charging system with 10 outlets and 10.2kW of electric power. If necessary, such a system can power tools, toys, or even a full house. Like a certain Blue Oval rival, the Silverado EV can also charge other EVs.
We were given access to the fully equipped RST model and were blown away by what we saw. That vehicle had a fixed glass top, two-tone black and white leather seating with red piping, and nearly the same amount of passenger room as a conventional Silverado crew cab pickup truck.
Chevy’s designers chose a column-mounted shifter over a console-mounted shifter, freeing up room between both the dashboard and the center armrest for a large storage bin.
Because there’s no gasoline engine up front, the Silverado EV has a lockable eTrunk for extra storage. On the RST, a modular console inside the cabin offers approximately seven gallons of storage, and the area may be configured to fit specific objects.
All Silverado EVs, whether WT or RST, are crew cab only, providing more interior space for taller adults to sit comfortably in the front or back.
The ground-up design, which takes full advantage of GM‘s Ultium platform by moving front seats farther front and rear seats further back, deserves credit for this.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A largely digital dashboard will be standard on all versions, with an 11.0-inch infotainment touchscreen and an 8.0-inch digital gauge panel. When you upgrade to the RST, you get a 17.0-inch infotainment screen and an 11.0-inch gauge display. Both features may be customized to the driver‘s preferences, but the climate system controls, luckily, remain basic analog knobs housed in a small panel on the dashboard’s bottom portion for easy access. Although Chevrolet hasn’t revealed all of the details on the Silverado EV’s infotainment system, we anticipate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to come standard, along with in-dash navigation, SiriusXM satellite radio, and an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot.
The new Ultifi Linux-based software platform, created in-house by General Motors and capable of regular upgrades, is available on both trims. Both still have lots of manually handled controls for everyday stuff like the temperature and radio.
Only in the RST variant will you be able to start your vehicle without touching it if you have an equipped smartphone with you when you enter.
Driving & Safety
Chevrolet hasn’t revealed details on all of the Silverado EV’s basic driver-assistance technologies, but we’ve been informed that the brand’s hands-free Super Cruise system will be available, at least on the RST variant. Check the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for more details on the Silverado EV’s accident results.
The following are expected to be important safety features:
- Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian recognition is standard.
- Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist are also available.
- Adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode is available.
2024 Silverado EV Price
Don’t get too excited, since the Silverado EV won’t be ready for another year. According to Chevrolet’s current plans, the Silverado EV WT will arrive in the spring of 2023, followed by the RST in the fall. It won’t be an RST, either, but a fully loaded First Edition that will set you back $105,000, not counting the $1,695 destination charge. Meanwhile, the WT will start at $41,595 (plus destination), though Chevy hasn’t said whether or not that includes the 400-mile range battery. Additional Silverado EV trims, ranging in price from $40,000 to over $80,000, will come once production begins, with at least one being a Trail Boss.
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WT Or RST ?
Here’s where we’ll need to slow things down a little. The Silverado EV will be available in two trim levels: base Work Truck (WT) and flagship RST. The RST is covered by the figures we just reeled off, but there’s also some amazing overlap with the WT. On the entry-level vehicle, for example, the 400-mile range and fast-charge capability are still available. Although we doubt anybody would consider 510 horsepower (380 kW) and 615 lb-ft (834 Nm) to be inadequate, power is lowered. Towing capacity is also reduced to 8,000 pounds, but Chevrolet will release a WT fleet version with a towing capacity of 20,000 pounds later.
The RST, on the other hand, comes with features like rear-wheel steering, automatic adaptive air suspension, Super Cruise, and a changeable pickup bed with a Multi-Flex Midgate. Because we know some of you are seeing aspects of the Chevrolet Avalanche in the Silverado EV’s design, we’ll address the elephant in the room here.
Surprisingly, Chevy’s presentation makes no mention to the previous Avalanche, but the aesthetic parallels don’t end there. The bed, which has a complete pass-through midgate, adds to the utility. The Silverado EV RST has a cargo floor length of 10 feet 10 inches when the rear seats are folded and the optional Multi-Flex tailgate is extended, nearly doubling the length of the regular 5-foot 11-inch bed.
More familiar-yet-different design cues may be found within the cabin. Both trims include digital displays, but the RST has a huge 17.0-inch center screen that extends to an 11-inch digital instrument panel. If that isn’t enough information for the driver, the RST also includes a 14-inch field-of-view heads-up display.
The WT isn’t nearly as fancy – Chevrolet isn’t ready to reveal such information about the entry-level truck – but it does come with its own set of digital displays.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
GM is keeping the Silverado EV’s features under wraps, which has led to a lot of conjecture. The truck‘s towing and payload capacities, interior choices, and infotainment, connection, and safety technologies have yet to be revealed by GM. We have no idea what kind of warranty or maintenance coverage it will provide.
A lot may happen between now and the launch of the 2024 Silverado EV, it’s reasonable to assume that Chevy will maintain its record for offering excellent warranty and maintenance coverage on its fleet. Every new Chevy EV now comes with a 3-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty, whichever comes first. A deductible is not required for eligible warrantable repairs, meaning Chevy drivers may save even more money. Chevy EVs also comes with an 8-year or 100,000-mile Electric and Hybrid Warranty that covers specific electric propulsion components.
Aside from these guarantees, every new Chevy comes with a free maintenance visit during the first year or 12,000 miles, which includes an oil change, tire rotation, and multi-point vehicle inspection. You’ll also have accessibility to Chevy’s 24-hour Roadside Assistance Program, which includes emergency towing, lockout service, flat tire replacement, emergency fuel delivery, jump starts, and mobile EV charging to provide you even more peace of mind on the road. With the addition of the 2024 Silverado EV to the fleet, Chevrolet is expected to expand its EV assistance offerings.