Silverado EV raises the bar in a steadily growing segment.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck (WT), set to launch in the coming months, emerges as a powerful entrant in the evolving world of electric pickup trucks. Priced from $79,800, inclusive of a $1,895 destination charge, this vehicle distinguishes itself with an impressive 450-mile EPA-rated range. However, this version is exclusive to fleet buyers, marking a strategic move by Chevrolet to capture the business segment.
Chevrolet Silverado EV Variants
In its desire to cater to a wider demographic, Chevrolet also intends to roll out a more affordable variant. This alternative Silverado EV WT, also destined for fleet buyers, will offer an estimated range of 350 miles and is projected to cost $74,800, including destination charges. Significantly, both versions provide range estimates superior to their rivals, delivering a clear competitive advantage for Chevrolet.
At the 2022 CES reveal, Chevrolet announced the launch of a more economical Silverado EV priced from $39,900, plus $1,695 for destination. While this particular model is still under wraps, the company has confirmed its imminent arrival for both retail and fleet customers, but specifics regarding its range, timing, and features will be announced later.
Range-Topping RST Grade
Another key addition to Chevrolet’s 2024 lineup is the Silverado EV RST, targeted at lifestyle-oriented customers. Launching in the Fall of 2024 in a special First Edition guise, the RST is priced from $105,000 plus destination. Although the EPA-rated range remains undisclosed, the RST will initially feature the same 200-kwh battery as the WT, hinting at a 450-mile range. In terms of power, the RST will outpace the WT with 664 horsepower against the latter’s 510 horsepower.
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Interest in the RST model appears to be robust, with Chevrolet revealing that approximately 95% of Silverado EV reservations are for the RST. Other exciting upcoming versions include the off-road-focused Silverado EV Trail Boss and a WT model capable of towing up to 20,000 pounds.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV comes in various exterior configurations. The wheelbase is set at 145.7 inches. The overall length of the vehicle is 233.1 inches. The overall width varies based on the model and whether you measure with mirrors or without. For the WT model, it’s 93.9 inches with mirrors and 81.6 inches without mirrors. For the RST model, the width is 94.3 inches with mirrors and 83.8 inches without mirrors. The overall height of the vehicle is 78.0 inches for the WT model and 78.7 inches for the RST model. The front overhang is 36.2 inches, the rear overhang is 51.2 inches, and the turning circle for the RST model with available 4-wheel steering is 42.16 feet.
For off-road capabilities, the RST model has a ground clearance of 8.9 inches, an approach angle of 21.7 degrees, and a departure angle of 22.9 degrees. On the interior, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV offers generous space. Headroom ranges from 41.9 inches to 43.9 inches and legroom ranges from 44.3 to 44.8 inches. Shoulder room is about 64.9 inches in the front and 63.8 inches in the rear, while hip room is 62.0 inches in the front and 61.5 inches in the rear. Lastly, the Silverado EV features an eTrunk with a volume of 10.7 cubic feet.
Chevrolet Against the Competition
Despite being a latecomer to the market, the Silverado EV outstrips its rivals in terms of range. For instance, the Rivian R1T offers a range of 314 miles, the Ford F-150 Lightning provides 320 miles, and GMC’s EV Hummer manages 329 miles. Though the Silverado EV might not have won the race to market, it seems to have taken the lead in the ‘range’ race.
Chevrolet’s 2024 Silverado EV lineup offers an eclectic mix of models designed to cater to a broad array of customers, from businesses to lifestyle-oriented users. With superior range offerings, varying price points, and models designed for different user profiles, Chevrolet has positioned itself to capture a substantial share of the burgeoning electric pickup truck market.
Despite entering the market after competitors like Ford and Rivian, the Silverado EV’s superior range could well be a game-changer. Thus, the bowtie brand is effectively demonstrating that in the electric vehicle industry, it’s not just about being first – it’s about delivering enduring value.
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