THE FIRST-EVER ALL-ELECTRIC SILVERADO
“The all-electric Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup is designed from the ground up to be an EV, harnessing the Ultium platform and the Silverado’s proven capability,” said Michael MacPhee, brand director, Chevrolet Canada. “The Silverado EV is redefining the boundaries of the full-size pickup segment, taking what you thought was possible and completely breaking the mold.”
The expected range on a full charge is up to 640 kms wtih more than 660 HP and 780 lb.-ft torque. This makes the 0-100km less than 4.5 seconds. Get up to 10,000 pounds of max trailering and 1,300 pounds of payload. Other specs include Four-Wheel Steering, Automatic Adaptable Air Suspension, and a Multi-Flex Tailgate with power release. The Multi-Flex Midgate expands the truck’s cargo capability while maintaining seating for a rear row passenger. This will include available trailering-capable Super Cruise, the industry’s first true hands-free driver-assistance technology, allowing drivers to travel hands-free on more than 320,000 km of divided and compatible highways across Canada and the U.S. The interior will feature a large, 17-inch-diagonal LCD freeform infotainment screen paired with a neighbouring 11-inch-diagonal reconfigurable driver instrument display and a multi-colour driver head-up display with a field of view over 14 inches!
The Work Truck trim will launch first for fleet customers and offer impressive capability to meet the needs of organizations with sustainable transportation goals, including 510 hp and 615 lb.-ft of torque. The WT will offer 8,000 pounds of towing and 1,200 pounds of payload. After the initial launch year, Chevrolet will introduce a fleet model with up to 20,000 pounds max trailering with the max tow package.
THE PLATFORM POWERING THE FUTURE
THE ELECTRIC FUTURE IS CLEAR
The Silverado EV harnesses the power of the Ultium Platform, which is the foundation of GM’s EV strategy and the driver of the company’s vision for a zero-emissions future.
“The Ultium Platform enabled our design and engineering teams to start from a clean slate and create a pickup with impressive performance and capability,” said Nichole Kraatz, Silverado EV chief engineer. “The result is a truly impressive testament to the creativity and innovation our teams can bring to market with speed and at scale.”
A new body architecture, which efficiently leverages the available 24-module Ultium battery pack as a part of the fundamental structure, enables the vehicles impressive range. This structural design integrates the capability Silverado customers have come to expect from a full-size pickup in terms of strength, durability, and performance, while also providing a more comfortable, confident ride both on- and off-road.
Additionally, the chassis is designed with independent front and rear suspensions, with power transferred to the available 24-inch wheels on RST via front- and rear- drive motors that compose the e4WD system. Automatic Adaptive Air Suspension enables the vehicle to be raised or lowered up to 2 inches. Four-wheel steer capability reduces the turning radius at lower speeds for greater maneuverability in parking lots, and enhances handling and stability at higher speeds, particularly when trailering.
The RST and WT models also come with Tow/Haul mode, trailer hitch provisions, and an integrated trailer brake controller and Hitch Guidance. The RST also includes Chevrolet’s Advanced Trailering System.
The RST and WT feature public DC fast charging capabilities of up to 350kW, enabling approximately 160 km of range to be added in 10 minutes based on GM estimates. When combined with the available accessory power bar, the Silverado EV’s PowerBase charging system offers up to 10 outlets, to provide a total of 10.2 kW of all-electric power for countless worksite or recreational needs, and capability to provide power to your home, with the required aftermarket equipment. The Silverado EV is also capable of charging another EV9 using the available accessory charge cord, sharing its power in times of need.
With the growing North American network of chargers and the Energy Assist feature in the available myChevrolet App, drivers can create energy-efficient route planning even while trailering. RST owners also have access to Ultium Charge 360, GM’s holistic approach to EV charging, which is designed to simplify the overall charging experience, including access to more than 100,000 publicly available charging points in Canada and the U.S. WT customers have access to Ultium Charge 360 Fleet Service, which offers one of the industry’s most comprehensive charging solutions for businesses, whether drivers take their vehicles home or return to a central depot.
Designed for performance and functionality
Inside and out, the Silverado EV RST and WT are thoughtfully designed for functional flexibility. “We had no constraints when it came to designing the Silverado EV with dramatic style and flexible utility because we didn’t need to work around a traditional propulsion system,” said Phil Zak, executive director of Chevrolet Design. “The Ultium Platform allowed us to redefine what it means to offer expansive new storage and utility possibilities.”
Exterior proportions and surfacing convey the truck’s capability and athletic performance. The front-end design has been sculpted to efficiently direct air down the body side, significantly reducing drag and turbulence. As a result, the Silverado EV WT is estimated to have one of the lowest drag coefficients of any available production full-size pickup truck, which helps enable the impressive range. The Silverado EV will be offered exclusively in Crew Cab models, with a shorter front overhang that gives the truck a more aggressive stance, more spaciousness and enhances forward downvision. The second row is pushed rearward meaning passengers will be comfortable no matter where they sit.
Customizable first row storage on both RST and WT models makes the most of the interior space and provides functional solutions for a variety of customer needs. The eTrunk – a lockable, weatherproof compartment in the front of the vehicle – provides enough space to fit a large hard side suitcase and a multitude of accessory options for both fleet and retail customers to load gear based on the unique needs of the customer.
The RST’s modular console features a capacity of just over 26 litres, meaning a lunch cooler can easily fit inside. The RST trim features a fixed-glass roof, which offers expansive visibility, increased headroom and an enhanced experience of spaciousness for both front and rear passengers. On the RST, the storage capacity of the 5-foot-11-inch bed is maximized thanks to an innovative available Multi-Flex Midgate, which provides just over 9 feet of length between the cab and the tailgate when the Midgate is open.
A 40/60 second row seat offers four configurations that allow users to haul gear or equipment while still accommodating a passenger in the second row. With the addition of the available Multi-Flex Tailgate the Silverado EV RST enables up to 10 feet of load floor length. An available tonneau cover allows items such as lumber or a kayak to be loaded into a fully lockable, weatherproof storage compartment.
Technologies for today and tomorrow
The Silverado EV is packed with the latest technology, including an advanced software system that enables vehicle technologies to evolve over time. As a driver approaches the RST with an enabled cell phone or key fob, a distinctive lighting animation greets them. Upon entering the vehicle, a bold 3D animation appears on the RST’s large 17-inch- diagonal LCD freeform infotainment6 screen, which is paired with a neighboring 11-inch diagonal driver instrument display. Together with a driver head-up display with a field of view over 14-inches. With new, hands-free start, the vehicle turns on automatically after the driver enters with an enabled device, leaving hands free to buckle up and get on the road.
A major enabler of the Silverado EV’s technologies will be the brand’s first application of Ultifi, a new Linux-based software platform. Developed in-house at GM, it separates the vehicle’s software from the hardware to enable rapid and frequent software updates. This gives drivers the opportunity to evolve their vehicles over time, enhancing the capabilities of the vehicle and providing access to cloud services in the most flexible and efficient way possible.
Production, availability, and reservations
The Silverado EV will be produced at GM’s Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center which has been repurposed and retooled with a $2.2 billion investment devoted to EV production. In spring 2023, the Silverado EV will debut a WT model offering Chevrolet’s largest range battery with an expected GM-estimated range of up to 640 km on a full charge. In the fall of 2023, a fully loaded RST First Edition model, also including a GM-estimated range1 of up to 640 km on a full charge. After production ramps up, Chevrolet will unleash the full Silverado EV portfolio including WT, RST, Trail Boss and more, available to all customers, with the ability to content the truck across various price ranges, allowing customers to choose the truck that meets their capability needs.
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