400 miles of driving range promised. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 5, 2022 At launch in 2023, the Chevrolet Silverado EV will be available in two configurations, a ridiculously expensive $105,000 RST “launch” First Edition including every bell and whistle and a perfectly priced fleet-oriented WT trim for $39,900. 2024 Chevrolet Silverado RST BEV Yes, it is far too expensive, but the WT takes care of that. Chevrolet was showing off its near future 2024 Silverado EV touting a $39,900 starting MSRP, an eye opening 400-mile range on a full charge, and segment leading 350 KW DCFC capability. Those last two Silverado specs will place the upcoming 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning $39,974 base model with its 230-mile range and maximum 150 KW DCFC capability on its heels before its release just months from now. The high-end RST will offer up to 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque enabling a 0-60 mph time of less than 4.5 seconds. In addition, the tow and cargo cap of 10k and 1.3k lbs respectively are competitive but the Lightning with its extended-range battery and Max Trailer Tow Package will offer up to 2,000 lbs of cargo and a similar tow rating of 10k pounds. It appears on a cost basis, GM’s advanced Ultium EV Platform is the real deal if the WT arrives with the posted specs and at the projected MSRP. What does the RST First Edition include? Quite a bit actually… Four-wheel steering Automatic Adaptive Air Suspension Multi-Flex Midgate that expands the truck’s cargo capability while maintaining seating for a rear row passenger Available Multi-Flex Tailgate with power release 17” LCD infotainment display paired with a neighboring 11” configurable driver instrument display plus a multi-color driver head-up display with a field of view over 14 inches Trailering-capable Super Cruise allowing drivers to travel hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads across the U.S. and Canada The WT will launch in a limited availability basis for fleet customers to start. That trim will offer 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque, 8,000 pounds of towing and 1,200 pounds of cargo. After initial launch, Chevrolet will introduce a fleet model with up to 20,000 lbs MAX TRAILERING with a max tow package. 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV With the optional midgate, that is over 10’ of cargo length to the back of the lowered tailgate. Ultium Read the writeup(s) in GM’s New Ultium Batteries and Near Future EV Platform Details story for more on Ultium. The Silverado EV will obviously Ultium Platform, which is the foundation of GM’s EV strategy and the driver of the company’s vision for a zero-emissions future. The all-new Silverado EVs body architecture leverages the underfloor 24-module traction battery pack is the key to the truck’s impressive range. Additionally, the chassis is designed with independent front and rear suspensions, with power transferred to the available 24” wheels via front- and rear-drive motors that compose the e4WD system. Automatic Adaptive Air Suspension enables the vehicle to be raised or lowered up to 2 inches. Four-wheel steer capability reduces the turning radius at lower speeds for greater maneuverability in parking lots, and enhances handling and stability at higher speeds, particularly when trailering. Both the RST and WT will arrive with Tow/Haul mode, trailer hitch provisions, and an integrated trailer brake controller and Hitch Guidance. The RST also includes Chevy’s Advanced Trailering System. DCFC Charging Performance The RST and WT will both feature DC fast charging capabilities of up to 350kW allowing ~ 100 miles of range to be added in 10 minutes. I will be watching this functionality very closely as it may not only be the fastest charging Pickup, but it may also be the fastest charging vehicle breaking the Tesla, Porsche Taycan/Audi e-tron GT, and Lucid Air’s 250 to 290 KW charge rate capability! For tools and power draw accessories of all sorts, an available accessory power bar will include up to 10 outlets and provide a total of 10.2kW. Another segment leading detail. The Silverado EV is also capable of charging another EV using the available accessory charge cord, sharing its power in times of need. With the growing North American network of chargers and the Energy Assist feature in the myChevrolet Mobile App, drivers can create energy-efficient route planning even while trailering. RST and WT owners will have access to Ultium Charge 360 designed to simplify the overall charging experience, including access to more than 100,000 publicly available charging points in the U.S. and Canada. Silverado EV Design Now that is a frunk! The Silverado EV’s exterior proportions convey the truck’s capability. The front-end design reduces drag and as a result, the Silverado EV WT is estimated to have one of the lowest drag coefficients of any available production full-size pickup truck helping to enable its truly impressive range. The Silverado EV will arrive in Crew Cab models only. Its shorter front overhang providing more interior volume and enhances forward vision. The second row is pushed rearward, meaning passengers over 6 feet tall will be comfortable no matter where they sit. Customizable first row storage on both RST and WT models makes the most of the interior space and provides functional solutions for a variety of customer needs. The front frunk or eTrunk is a lockable weatherproof compartment with enough volume to fit a large hard side suitcase! The RST’s modular center console provides .9 cu. ft. and its fixed-glass roof provides the airy open feeling that the Lux EVs have been offering for almost a decade now. The RSTs smallish 5’-11” bed is larger than its raw specs indicate thanks to the available Multi-Flex Midgate, which provides just over 9 feet of storage between the cab and the tailgate when the Midgate is open. A 40/60 second row seat offers four configurations that allow users to haul gear while still accommodating a passenger in the second row. With the addition of the available Multi-Flex Tailgate the Silverado EV RST enables up to 10 feet, 10 inches of load floor and storage capability. An available tonneau cover allows items such as lumber or a kayak to be loaded into a fully lockable, weatherproof storage compartment. Silverado EV is loaded with Tech The interior and this is the base WT! As a driver approaches the RST with an enabled cell phone or key fob, a distinctive lighting animation greets them. Upon entering the vehicle, a 3D animation appears on the RST’s large 17” LCD display, which is paired with a neighboring 11” diagonal driver instrument display. Together with the 14” driver heads-up display (HUD), a driver can’t ask for more information at their disposal. With hands-free start, the vehicle turns on automatically after the driver enters with an enabled device similar to the Porsche Taycan allowing drivers to buckle up and get on the road without pulling keys or pushing a button. The Silverado EV’s uses Ultifi, a new Linux-based software platform. Developed in-house at GM, it separates the vehicle’s software from the hardware to enable rapid and frequent software updates. This will give drivers the opportunity to evolve their vehicles over time, enhancing both the capabilities and accessing cloud services in a flexible and fast way. Silverado EV Production, Availability, and Reservations The Silverado EV will be assembled at GM’s Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center — a facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to EV production. In spring 2023, the Silverado EV will debut a WT model with a starting at MSRP of $39,900 + DFC. It will offer GM’s longest-range battery with an estimated range of over 400 miles. In the fall of 2023, a fully loaded RST First Edition model, also delivering a 400-mile range, will debut with an MSRP of $105,000 + DFC. After production ramps up, Chevrolet will unleash the full Silverado EV portfolio, including WT (with a starting at MSRP of $39,900 + DFC), RST, Trail Boss and more. Customers will have the ability to content the truck across various price ranges, with MSRPs around $50,000, $60,000, $70,000, $80,000 and more, allowing them to choose the truck that meets their capability and pricing needs. $105k for an everyday pickup powered by anything is plain nuts but $40k for a work truck with this capability and technology? Well now, that has me placing bets that this will be the first Chevrolet since the Cruze diesel I would actually be interested in owning.