It’s here! The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV has arrived. Some enthusiasts are excited- some are angry. No matter if you’re looking forward to the 2024 Silverado EV or would rather have your 5.3L V8 pried from your cold dead hands- here are 10 things you should really know about Chevrolet’s first all-electric Silverado pickup.
1-Over 400 Miles Of Range On A Single Charge
The electric Silverado might not have a gas tank or a way to extend its range in between charges, but that’s because it won’t need it. The Silverado EV is expected, according to GM’s SAE J1634 testing regimen, to have 400 miles of range. That’s more than the GMC HUMMER EV by about 70 miles.
On the flip side, the Silverado EV also has 350kW DC fast charging and can give owners another 100 miles of range in about 10 minutes. Buyers will also have access to GM’s Ultium Charge 360 experience, which will provide access to over 100,000 public chargers in the US and Canada.
However, with a 24-module ultium battery, expect level two home charging to take overnight. Other battery sizes will be offered later on.
2- 664 Horsepower & Over 780 lb-ft of Torque
The Silverado EV will come with impressive horsepower and torque offerings. RST models will be able to push 664-horsepower and “more than” 780 lb-ft of torque during “Wide Open Watts” mode. Think of it as a tamed-down version of HUMMER EV’s WTF mode.
The WT Work Truck isn’t toned down much and will produce 510-horsepower and 615 lb-ft of torque.
The Silverado EV will use the same motors as the HUMMER EV, so expect three and two motor variations and multiple range options.
3- 2024 Silverado EV Will Come In Two Trim Levels To Start
The Chevrolet Silverado EV will begin production offered in one of two trim levels. WT (work truck) or RST. WT trim levels will begin production first, in the Spring of 2023.
The RST will enter production later, in Fall 2023, and will be offered as a fully-loaded “First Edition” model. (How much does it cost? – See #10 below)
4- It Steals A Feature From The Late Chevy Avalanche
Remember the Chevrolet Avalanche? Last produced in 2013, it was known for its innovative “midgate”. The midgate allowed bigger cargo to be hauled and access between the back seats and the bed of the truck. When combined with a weather-tight tonneau cover, the entire back bed of Avalanche extended into the second row of the interior. The flexibility options were endless.
And the 2024 Silverado EV will come with the same feature. Upgraded of-course. Now branded the “Multi-Flex Midgate” It can fold in a 60/40 split and gives you greater flexibility when choosing between storage and seating capacity.
When utilized, the standard 5-foot 11-inch bed can be expanded into the passenger compartment space for over 9-feet of storage space. When combined with the Multi-Flex Tailgate, Silverado EV will have a 10-foot, 10-inch load floor.
5- Light-Duty Levels Of Towing & Payload (With HD Levels On The Way)
When you talk to someone who is still on the fence about the idea of an electric truck, their biggest concern is almost always related to towing and hauling capacity. As it turns out, the 2024 Silverado EV ends up being more comparable to a gas-operated Silverado than you might expect.
The RST First Edition is expected to be able to tow 10,000lbs and haul 1,300lbs of payload. While the towing figure is close to that of a Silverado 1500, the gas-powered pickup can haul around 1,000lbs more. No word on how towing and hauling affect overall range.
Chevrolet is also teasing that a Silverado HD EV might be around the corner, stating “After the initial launch, Chevrolet will introduce a fleet model with up to 20,000 pounds max trailering with the max tow package”.
6- It’s Build On The Same Platform As The HUMMER EV
This might come as no surprise, but the GMC HUMMER EV and the Chevrolet Silverado EV will ride on the same platform. They will use the same Ultium Platform, motors, and battery packs. They will also be produced at the same “Factory ZERO” facility in Michigan. The two even share similar styling on the “C-Pilar” and wheel well openings.
However, with all of that said, the two will have varying power outputs and price points to differentiate them. For example, the highest output Silverado EV, the RST, will have only 664-horsepower. The HUMMER EV First Edition is rated at 1,000-horsepower.
7- It Has Four Wheel Steering
The 2024 Silverado RST First Edition will come with four-wheel steering to help reduce the turning radius of the pickup. It’s the same system as the HUMMER EV features and can turn opposite of the front wheels at low speed for maneuverability and in concert with the front wheels at high speed for seamless lane shifts.
The Silverado EV RST will also come with 24-inch wheels and a standard air suspension that can adjust ride height up to 2-inches. With motors front and back, e4WD is also standard.
8- It’s A 10.2kW Generator For Your Home & Jobsite
Chevrolet is taking the huge battery capacity of the Silverado EV and has engineered it to be able to power external devices with an optional PowerBase. When attached to the Silverado, the Powerbase will offer up to 10-outlets and can provide up to 10.2kW of external power. With the right equipment, Silverado EV can be a backup generator for your worksite or home.
The Silverado EV will even be able to charge another EV in an emergency.
9- A Unique & Beautiful Interior
With the gas-powered Silverado just getting a brand new interior, who would have blamed Chevrolet if they reused the new design in the Silverado EV? But they didn’t. The 2024 Silverado EV comes with its own unique interior that features even bigger info screens than the 2022 truck or the GMC HUMMER EV.
A Massive 11-inch gauge cluster and 17-inch infotainment display are the largest offered in a Silverado- ever. They also come paired to a 14-inch heads-up display.
WT models come with slightly smaller, but still large, screen size options.
The Silverado EV will also have a fixed glass roof and feature a modular center console with a 7-gallon capacity.
The Silverado EV will come exclusively as a Crew-Cab and compared to the current Silverado, features a second row that is farther rearward.
10- Silverado EV RST First Edition Will Cost $105k
A Silverado EV RST First Edition will have a sticker price of $105k, plus a $1.7k delivery charge. That includes a fully-loaded truck with all of the goodies, over 600-horsepower, and Super Cruise. That’s a lot of money but thankfully cheaper Silverado EV are coming down the line.
The WT trim level will eventually be offered with a lower starting price of $39,900. Most likely with a smaller range and less power.
Chevrolet expects to offer Silverado EV at a variety of price ranges, from $50k to $80k+ once the entire lineup has been introduced. Which, by the way, includes an electric Trail Boss and electric High Country in years to come.