2024 Chevy Silverado EV: The Chevrolet Silverado EV, which debuted this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, brings back GM’s midgate, a rear-of-cab sliding bulkhead that extends the truck’s bed length. The Chevrolet Avalanche, which went out of production after the 2013 model year, has this innovative function.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV may be late to the electric-pickup party, but it appears to have been worth the wait based on our initial impressions. Rivian, Ford, GMC, and Tesla have all set high standards in terms of range, power, and towing. To compete, the Silverado EV has a range of up to 400 miles, 664 horsepower, and a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.
The Silverado EV will not be built on GM’s popular conventional trucks, unlike the long-gone Avalanche, which was based on the Chevrolet Suburban. The GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyric, among other future GM vehicles, will ride on the electric-vehicle-specific Ultium platform, which also underlies the GMC Hummer EV and Cadillac Lyric.
Silverado EV Availability
The Silverado EV will be available in fleet-oriented Work Truck (WT) trim starting around $40,000 in spring 2023, with a $105,000 performance version—the RST—debuting later that year. The mainstream variants will be priced somewhere in the middle of that range.
GM, which has offered pure-electric Chevrolet Bolt EVs for the past half-decade (and recently added an SUV-like Bolt EUV to its roster), is one of a rising number of manufacturers who have committed to raising the percentage of EV models in their lineup in the future years.
GM, for one, has stated that it hopes to have an all-electric lineup by 2035, with at least 40% of its vehicles being electric by 2025. Given that GM sold 26 Bolts and Bolt EUVs, as well as one Hummer EV, in the fourth quarter of 2021, this is a lofty goal.
Silverado EV Specifications
- It goes up against the Ford F-150 Lightning, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and the Rivian R1T.
- What it appears to be: The Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck in a more aerodynamic form.
- Powertrain: Optional two-motor electric drive; optional four-wheel drive; 510 horsepower, 615 lb.-ft. torque for the WT; 664 hp, 780 lb.-ft. torque for the RST; 510 hp,
- Price range: $39,900 to $105,000
- Spring 2023 (WT); Fall 2023 (WT) (RST)
Silverado EV Exterior Design
The Silverado EV’s chassis is developed around the construction of its battery pack, and its bed and body create a seamless structure, unlike a traditional pickup truck, which has separate body and bed parts that sit above a ladder frame.
Although it harkens back to the plastic-clad triangular sail panels that differentiated Avalanche pickups from regular Silverados years ago, the sail panel between the back of the passenger cabin and the top of the bed rail looks a lot like the one on the pickup truck version of the Hummer EV, it harkens back to the plastic-clad triangular sail panels that extended from the back of the cab to the top of the bed rail that differentiated Avalanche pickups from
According to GM, the front end is short in order to maximize the driver’s forward view while also providing more legroom for the rear-seat passenger. Only a crew cab version of the Silverado EV will be available.
The bed is 5-feet, 11-inches long, but when the midgate is open and the optional customizable tailgate is extended, it expands to 10-feet, 10-inches, giving it a significant competitive edge.
Silverado EV Interior Design
The RST’s interior boasts a 17-inch LCD touchscreen screen surrounded by trapezoidal stylistic flourishes and paneling that matches the rest of Chevrolet’s lineup, EV or not. A customizable 11-inch instrument display and a full-color head-up display on the windshield are available to the driver. The infotainment screen on the WT versions is smaller.
Along with cargo-hauling capabilities in the pickup bed, the Silverado EV will have a front-mounted “frunk” for additional closed storage, though the volume has not yet been defined by GM. When not in use, the midgate folds into the cab and has no impact on the back-row seating capacity. There’s no word on interior storage choices like the center console or back-row under-seat storage.
Silverado EV Performance
On the top-end RST trim, GM claims there will be two electric motors—one for each axle. Both models will have a range of 400 miles, while the WT will have a slightly less powerful motor arrangement.
The RST will include a drive mode called Wide Open Watts (or WOW) that, according to GM, will allow it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. It was also built to tow, with the ability to tow huge trailers up to 10,000 pounds, such as a dual-axle camper, and carry up to 1,300 pounds in its bed. (The Ford Lightning has a payload capacity of up to 2,000 pounds and a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.)
The Silverado EV RST, like the GMC Hummer EV, will have four-wheel steering and an adjustable air suspension system to assist maneuverability.
Chevrolet will initially offer the WT trim with an 8,000-pound towing capability and a 1,200-pound payload capacity, but GM claims that a subsequent version of the fleet model will be able to be upgraded with a tow package that will increase the towing capacity to 20,000 pounds.
Silverado EV Safty System
The Silverado EV, according to GM, will come with “a robust package of standard and optional safety systems,” including a towing-compatible version of Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance technology in the RST grade.
Silverado EV Price Range
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV may be late to the electric-pickup party, but it appears to have been worth the wait based on our initial impressions. Rivian, Ford, GMC, and Tesla have all set high standards in terms of range, power, and towing.
To compete, the Silverado EV has a range of up to 400 miles, 664 horsepower, and a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.
To begin, two trim levels will be available. The pricing quoted by Chevy—$105,000 for the fully loaded RST on display and $39,900 for the base and fleet-focused WT—do not include destination, which is $1695 on the current non-electric Silverado. These two rates, according to Chevy, are the bookends of the Silverado EV pricing spectrum, with future trim levels falling in between.
The Silverado EV is roughly the same length and height as a standard crew-cab, short-bed Silverado, but the only thing they have in common is a name. The Silverado EV isn’t even built in the same plant as the regular Silverado. Instead, it’s based on a slimmed-down version of the GMC Hummer EV’s chassis. That implies independent front and rear suspension, front and rear electric motors (albeit two instead of the Hummer’s three), and a 200.0-kWh battery pack with a range of 400 miles.