- The Chevrolet Silverado EV is set to release in late Fall 2023 and is one of the most highly anticipated electric vehicles in the next year.
- The Silverado EV will offer a range of up to 400-450 miles on a single charge, surpassing its competitors like the Ford F-150 Lightning.
- Using 8 different cameras mounted around the Silverado EV, the vehicle will offer 14 unique views to assist with maneuvering in tight spaces.
- A spacious frunk with over 11 cubic feet of storage space will also be available and it includes a lockable, waterproof design.
While there has been a lot of focus on smaller electric vehicles as of late, there is an audience waiting for more info on larger electric cars like the Chevy Silverado EV. Already one of the most popular trucks in America, there is little doubt it is going to be the next big thing for Chevrolet.
Competing with the Ford F-150 Lightning is already in Chevy’s DNA as the one/two punch in the pickup space, so the move to EV competition is the next step.
While the Ford F-150 Lightning has been met with a lot of praise, dedicated Chevy buyers are all but ready to start camping out at their local dealerships waiting for more information.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at all of the reasons why the Chevy Silverado EV is going to be the next big thing in the EV space.
What is the Chevrolet Silverado EV?
Set to release in late Fall 2023 as a 2024 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado EV is one of the most hotly anticipated electric vehicles being released in the next 12 months. Taking the already hugely popular and successful Silverado name and shifting focus to the EV market is likely to lead to a huge windfall for Chevrolet.
By offering significant range, large towing capacity, and a revamped interior, the Silverado EV is ready to give the existing Chevy user base everything they know and love while being a better car for the environment.
With the Hummer EV set to release along with continued sales of the Ford F-150 Lightning and, of course, the Tesla Cybertruck on the horizon, the Silverado EV is bound to be in good company and amongst strong large EV competition.
10 Reasons the Chevrolet Silverado EV is Going to be Amazing
#1: So Much Range
When it comes to range, undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of any EV ownership, the Chevrolet Silverado EV is set to deliver in a big way. According to early EPA estimates, the Silverado EV will deliver a range of up to 400-450 miles on a single charge. This number bests the EPA numbers for the Hummer EV, one of the Silverado’s most direct competitors, by over 121 miles.
More importantly, the Silverado EV beats the Ford F-150 Lightning, which can go up to 320 miles on a single charge. As pickup owners tend to do lots of driving, especially when it’s a work vehicle, having all of this range is going to make for a far more convenient lifestyle and provide immediate value to the owners who don’t have to worry about charging every night.
As most electric vehicles can only offer a range of around 250-300 miles on a single charge on the high side, the Chevrolet Silverado EV is well-positioned to grab the attention and money of future EV buyers.
#2: Quick Charging
While range is absolutely an important factor with the purchase of any EV, so too is how fast the EV can charge. In the case of the Chevrolet Silverado EV, you’re looking at up to 100 miles of range on a 10-minute charge at a DC Fast Charging station. Running GM’s new Ultium battery platform, the Silverado EV is going to help deliver enough juice in a quick amount of time to help you get back on the road as fast as possible.
With a more traditional Level 2 home charge, you can expect to see the Silverado EV fully charging in around 12 hours, which is admittedly more than many traditional EVs like Tesla, Kia, or Hyundai. In comparison, Ford offers around 8 hours of charge time to go from 15-100% using the same Level 2 charger 80A connection as the Silverado EV.
#3: Tons of Charging Locations
To keep you going on the road, Chevrolet is going to make it super easy to find public charging stations through the myChevrolet smartphone application. With this application, you’ll be able to quickly locate one of any 50,000 public charging stations that can pair with the Silverado EV’s charging port.
Better yet, you can even use the smartphone app to help plan your routes on a road trip and while you’re towing to ensure you are able to find plenty of charging stations so you never have to worry that you are too far from getting power while in the middle of a road trip.
#4: Plenty of Towing Capacity
Speaking of towing capacity, the Chevrolet Silverado EV is ready to tackle whatever you can throw at it with a maximum towing capacity of over 10,000 pounds. This level of capacity will be available on the Chevrolet Silverado EV RST and is based on preliminary GM testing. What this does mean is that you should have no problem with towing whatever you need for work or pleasure.
Want to tow an RV and find yourself lost in the middle of the country for a little while? You should have no issue doing exactly that with the maximum towing capacity. The same goes for towing another vehicle, even another electric vehicle. Chevy is also planning a Max Tow Package for the 2025 model year, which could provide as much as double (up to 20,000 pounds) the 2024 model year towing capacity.
#5: How Many Cameras?
As the Chevrolet Silverado EV isn’t a small car, maneuvering it in and out of tight spaces can be a challenge. However, Chevy has thought of everything and will introduce the Silverado EV with 8 different cameras installed around the vehicle that altogether offer up to 14 unique views.
This includes but is not limited to a rear vision camera, HD surround vision camera, bed view camera, front and rear camera view, 360 virtual view, left and review view, backup camera, and a front side and rear side view.
Needless to say, you should not come away wanting on the Chevrolet Silverado EV in terms of not being able to properly see how you are entering or exiting a parking space, garage, or anywhere else cameras will come in handy.
#6: The Frunk
As is the expectation with many vehicles the size of the Chevrolet Silverado EV, there is plenty of storage up front. The “frunk,” as front trunks have become affectionately known, offers a massive 11 cubic feet of space available with which to store anything you would like. To put this into context, this is enough room to hold around 3 large suitcases with a tiny bit of room to spare.
What’s even better is that the frunk is lockable independently from the rest of the vehicle, offers easy access, and is waterproof, so you can take out of your mind any ideas that might prevent you from putting anything of value in the front trunk while you’re in or out of the vehicle.
#7: Tech-Heavy Interior
Even though many people don’t associate the interiors of pickup trucks as being luxurious, this is exactly the case with the Chevrolet Silverado EV. Right off the bat, in the higher-end RST trim, you are going to fall in love with an 11-inch gauge cluster, a massive 17-inch infotainment display, and a 14-inch heads-up display. This is a lot of screen real estate to play with; although, on the entry-level WT trim level, you will likely find the screen size to be a bit smaller.
Even so, there is a lot of leather here and it feels very good and rich to the touch. The seats are comfortable and feel like a far cry from what people are used to with a rugged pickup truck.
A panoramic fixed-glass roof lets in a ton of daylight (or the night sky) and helps the interior of the car feel even more welcoming. The interior looks to be very modern with clean lines and minimal physical buttons as is the case with many electric vehicle manufacturers.
#8: Power Your Home
Just as Ford showed off the F-150 Lightning powering homes in their TV commercials, so too will the Chevrolet Silverado EV. In fact, Chevy says with the Ultium Home accessory charging unit you can provide power to your home from your Silverado EV and keep the lights lit inside your home for up to 21 days. With this package, you can have 10 additional outlets for your home, providing a total of 10.2kW of electric power.
You can even purchase an additional accessory cord directly from Chevrolet that will enable the Silverado EV to power up another EV. Just as you can use some smartphones to power up your accessories like earbuds, the notion that you can use your EV to power up another EV is just incredible.
#9: Multifunctional Bed
When you buy a pickup, one of the most important aspects is to look at the truck bed and see how functional it is for your needs. Well, the Chevrolet Silverado EV offers a whole lot of features, which makes it an easy reason why this EV is going to be amazing.
First and foremost is the collapsible mid-gate, which is a great addition for items that are longer than the length of the truck bed. Having this extra room may very well come in handy during your Silverado EV ownership, so it’s a major bonus.
The multi-flex tailgate offers you a step for easier access in and out of the bed and you can buy a cover so you can keep things in the bed safe from inclement weather.
#10: Four-Wheel Steering
The last big reason why your ownership of the Chevrolet Silverado EV is going to blow you away is four-wheel steering. You read that right — it’s not one or two wheels, but 4 wheels that will get you in and out of tight spots.
Chevy indicates that by including this technology and allowing all 4 wheels to work and maneuver together, it has reduced the turning radius of the Silverado EV and made it a whole lot easier to get your EV in and out of tight parking spaces.
This technology will be especially helpful when towing large items or materials as you have greater maneuverability and better handling overall with this four-wheel steering technology.
When it comes to pickups in the EV space, this is an area that is likely going to get crowded quickly. As pickup vehicles remain some of the most popular cars in the United States, it’s going to come as little surprise that EVs will be the next battlefield in the pickup wars.
The good news for Chevrolet is that it’s well-placed to take on its biggest challenge with the Ford F-150 Lightning with more range, a refined interior, and improved technology decisions.
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