At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week GM finally unveiled the all-new 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup truck, set to arrive in spring 2023 with online reservations open now.
Based on the same dedicated Ultium EV truck platform architecture as the Hummer EV pickup, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV adopts a crew-cab design format that is more akin to the Chevrolet Avalanche of the past than the contemporary Silverado pickup trucks with a separate cab and cargo box.
Unlike the Ford’s electric Lighting which has conventional F-150 body structures on a unique EV frame, the Silverado EV has a dedicated uni-body structure and construction that makes it entirely unique from the current Silverado models, sharing hardly a nut and bolt.
At the center of its uni-body structure is a massive structural Ultium battery pack available in multiple grades that feed its dual electric motors, one at each axle. A fully independent suspension delivers handling and traction through wheels up to 24-inches in size.
Like the Ford Lightning, at the front is a lockable trunk that’s waterproof and configurable in a multitude of ways large enough for luggage and gear as well as a great set up for work site tool storage. At the rear is a 5′-11” cargo box available with the same Multi-Flex tailgate buyers love on the current Silverado.
Like the Hummer EV, both trucks will offer a variety of motor and battery combinations that will provide up to 400 miles of range on a full charge. Customers will be able to option up to 664 horsepower with 780 pound-feet of torque in top configurations which sends you from 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
When it arrives in spring of 2023 the all-new 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV will be offered initially in two distinct models, a fully decked our RST for consumers and a purpose built Work Truck WT for fleet customers.
Standard for both models will be DC fast charging up to 350kW enabling some 100 miles of range added in as little as 10 minutes. With the top battery options and accessory power bar, there’s up to 10 outlets and 10.2 kW of off-board electrical power to use for work sites, camping and even charging other electric vehicles.
The top of the line offering at launch will be the RST First Edition at $105,000, fully outfitted with four-wheel steering like the Hummer EV and an automatically adjusting air suspension. When it comes to capability, the RST Silverado EV can tow up to 10,000 pounds and has a payload of 1,300 pounds. Trailering-capable Super Cruise hands-free driver-assist is also included
The interior of the RST will be packed with luxury, functionality and technology. The high-tech dash includes a huge 17-inch infotainment touch screen and a customizable 11-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 14-inch driver head-up display.
Like the Avalanche of old, the RST will offer an openable rear-cab mid-gate which when combined with the Multi-Flex tailgate allows the 5′-11” cargo box to expand up to 10′-10” of flat cargo floor.
For fleet-oriented customers, the WT comes in a less expensive plain wrapper with design and details meant for work projected to start at $39,900. This means a steel cargo box, steel wheels and much less of the frilly dress of the RST model.
Its dual motors produce 510 hp and 615 pound-feet of torque, it can tow 8,000 pounds and has a 1,200 pound payload rating. Later down the road, Chevrolet promises a fleet model with up to 20,000 pounds towing capability.
The 2024 Silverado EV will be built along side the Hummer EV at GM’s Factory ZERO in Detroit also known as the Hamtramck Assembly Center. When it launches in spring of 2023 production of the top-range WT will start first followed by the top-line RST First Edition in the fall.
Lesser expensive models like the base range $39,900 WT and other Silverado EV variations ranging from $50,000 to $80,000 will come in calendar year 2024 including a top-dog off-road oriented Trail Boss.
If however you are ready to spend out for the most expensive models and be the first to own one in 2023, reservations are now open on the Chevrolet website.