Chevrolet opened a new front in the truck war on Wednesday, beating its electric Silverado EV pickup Ford F-150 Lightning on key metrics such as driving distance, traction, power and passenger area, and and gave.
The struggle for the superiority of this pickup is an important new theater: the first salvo to switch to electric vehicles.
GM CEO Mary Barra introduced the Silverado EV, which is scheduled to go on sale in the second quarter of 2023, in a keynote speech at CES Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday. GM plans to broadcast Barra’s address on its Exhibit Zero website: gmexhibitzero.com/en-us.
Chevrolet Vice President of Marketing Steve Majoros said the Silverado EV will debut as a 2024 model, with prices starting at $ 39,900.
Full-size pickups such as the Silverado, F-150, and Ram 1500 are the best-selling cars of U.S. automakers, generating billions of dollars in revenue each year. They are also one of the most technically challenging vehicles to electrify. Pickup owners expect to be able to haul heavy trailers and transport loads over long distances, including often muddy workplaces and fields. Gravity is expected to significantly reduce the range of EV pickups, and truck heavy batteries may limit their usefulness on paved surfaces.
To combine the performance demands of pickup owners with environmental benefits and the low operating costs expected from EVs, carmakers who break the code sit very well as U.S. cars move away from internal combustion engines.
GM Silverado will build EVs and other electric vehicles, including the GMC Hummer EV “super truck” and Cadillac Lyrik luxury SUVs at the $ 2.2 billion Factory Zero assembly plant in Detroit and Hamtramk.
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The Silverado EV is a five-passenger crew cabin that measures 233 inches in length, 80 inches in width and 76 inches in height – the same as the current short box Silverado crew cabin.
Chevrolet claims that the list of “first” and “best” – 24-inch tires, 10,000-pound traction, 1,300-pound payload, 400-mile distance and glass roof – will take the Silverado EV to the lead. among electric pickups, the now-existing Rivian R1T is expected to go on sale this spring, more than a year after it went on sale, and many months after Ford’s F-150 Lightning.
Silverado EV sales are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023.
Unlike other high-end electric vehicles – the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Lucid Air, R1T, each Tesla – went on sale with the most modern models, the first Silverado EVs to come out of the assembly line will be price-driven trucks. Starting at $ 39,900.
Washington It is unknown what federal tax breaks Silverado EV will receive due to legal barriers in the District of Columbia.
The Silverado EV will have a 5-foot, 11-inch bed, independent suspension and two or four engines.
Key features of the $ 39,900 electric truck:
- 8000 lb gravity
- £ 1,200 payload
- 510 horsepower
- 615 pound-feet moment
The first edition of the $ 105,000 RST Silverado EV for personal use will have more power and features, including:
- Weighing in at £ 10,000
- 1300 lbs payload
- At least 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque
- It reaches speeds of 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds
- Four-wheel drive
- Automatic flexible air suspension
- Multi-Flex seven-function rear door
- 17-inch infotainment touch screen
- 14-inch main screen
- Adjustable 11-inch instrument cluster
- Super Cruise has the ability to drive with a trailer on the highway
- A folding “middle gate” that opens the back of the cabin to the bed to accommodate 9-foot-long items with the back door closed
- Removable rear window for outdoor driving
The Silverado EV’s DC fast charging capability – up to 350kW or 800 volts – allows drivers to add up to 100 miles in 10 minutes.
Chevrolet doesn’t say how long it will take to get 80% DC power or 240v full power, which is the most cited competitive performance for any other EV.
Designed like no other pickup
The exterior style of the Silverado EV is more adventurous than the evolutionary F-150 Lighting. Both pickups distribute a more or less full-width LED light panel where the front edge of the hood is where the traditional pickup is. The similarities end there.
While Ford has tried to make the F-150 Lighting look like a traditional F-150 – the same cab size and profile, the same bearings – a completely new pickup look for the Chevy Silverado EV created.
Pickups, even the most expensive, luxury ones work for a living, so the new shape performs functions that take advantage of EV’s unique engineering. The cabin is larger than traditional Silveradoes, creating more passenger room and storage space. The A-pillars turn sharply backwards for sloping windshields and aerodynamic preferences.
“Our electric car architecture allows us to reconsider the use of space,” said designer Chip Thole. “We have a very short front seat and a better rear leg seat than any crew cabin.”
The EV architecture is very rigid – since Silverado’s large battery pack is a structural part that connects the frame rails and fills the space between the axles, the engineers cut the body into a single piece, making the space between the cab and the car destroyed. a bed that allows current pickups to bend in response to heavy loads. This continuous profile contributes to excellent aerodynamics, reduced wind noise and the distinctive look of the Silverado EV.
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The interior of the Silverado EV features a pair of large LCD displays, one for devices and the other for a multi-function touch screen. However, the designers carefully maintained the buttons and dials for frequently used functions such as volume, volume adjustment, temperature and fan speed.
“We firmly believe that buttons and knobs are necessary for some functions,” said Chief Engineer Nicole Kraatz. Other popular functions like seat heating can be programmed, so they will always be available with one touch.
There is no start button or switch. The Silverado EV is unlocked when a key phobe or a phone or card programmed to activate it is approached. Get inside and the pickup is ready to drive. It goes off when you go and lock it.
The distance to the working truck is TBA, but less than 400 miles of expensive RST. This is not surprising. Business parks often have more predictable service areas and hours than private cars.
Chevy will begin sales in the second quarter of 2023 with a fleet or truck for individual customers. The first edition of RST is expected to go on sale this fall.
Other models include lower-cost personal-use cars and a truck capable of weighing £ 20,000, among other current heavy-duty pickups such as the Silverado 2500 and Ford F-250.