eAssist was a waste in Round I and II. Will it succeed in Round III? Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 25, 2016 2016 Chevrolet Silverado LT Crew Cab Mild Hybrid - $41,380 to start including $1,195 D&H. With its 5.3L V8 mated to an 8-Speed AT with a mild hybrid eAssist system, expect an EPA of 18/24 mpgUS city/highway which matches the direct injected 4.3L V6 with cylinder deactivation and continuously variable valve timing. Soon up to 500 2016 Chevrolet Silverado’s will be offered with GMs latest iteration of eAssist. We have driven eAssist equipped GM vehicles going all the way back to the first generation 07 Saturn VUE plus version two in the retired 2014 Malibu and 2015 Buick LaCrosse. Each and every time, underwhelming efficiency improvements with higher prices have been the result. Maybe this time will be different? The new mild-hybrid electrical system uses a 13 hp and 44 lb-ft. of torque induction electric motor, 24-cell, air-cooled 0.45 kWh LGChem Li-Ion pack similar to that but smaller than the upcoming Malibu Hybrid and software controls from the Volt team. The power inverter module is liquid cooled and moved under the hood. The latest eAssist system enables Stop/Start, enhances the V8s cylinder deactivation capability to operate in 4-cylinder mode for longer periods, and provides regenerative braking, all resulting in improved efficiency. Yet the system increases curb weight by just 100 pounds and additional $500 over a RWD Silverado 1500 Crew Cab in 1LT trim. Only in California however. GM stated their latest eAsssit delivers a 13 percent improvement in city fuel economy, up 2 mpg city and 1 mpg highway and combined over the non-eAssist Silverado 1500 with the 5.3L V8 and 8-speed AT. With $2.50/gallon gasoline in California, a 20 vs 19 mpg combined rating – eAssist vs non- eAssist 16 Silverado – and the owner placing upwards of 15k miles on his or her truck each year, the fuel savings amount to 39 gallons or $100/year. As fuel costs go up, so does the yearly savings. Chevrolet claims they can deliver the low-volume, affordably priced hybrid pickup that delivers up to 13 percent better fuel economy in city driving. 2016 Chevrolet Silverado with eAssist GMs latest eAssist iteration is more modular than the previous system, meaning it could be more easily used in FWD or RWD configurations. My take, wait until it is proven as previous iterations have proved to be less than optimal for the early adopters. Actually, any adopters.