What we know about the mysterious Chevy Silverado EV

Automakers around the world are preparing their entries for the electric pickup truck race. The market is on track to become one of the hottest spaces for electric vehicles in the coming years—including offerings from Ford (F-150 Lightning), GMC, Rivian (R1T), Tesla (Cybertruck), and more.

General Motors’ entry has been confirmed with the rebirth of the Hummer nameplate under the GMC brand as an electric vehicle. However, with 1,000 horsepower, high prices and a focus on off-road luxury, the Hummer SUT won’t meet every truck lover’s needs—and that’s where the simpler full-size pickup options like the recently introduced Chevrolet Silverado come in. played.

On Wednesday, October 6, Chevrolet confirmed that it will debut a battery-powered version of the Silverado pickup truck at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2022. The event, held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of the largest industrial trades in the world. show. GM CEO Mary Barra will take the stage in January to reveal the pickup in full, but for those who can’t wait, some important details have already been revealed ahead of the event. This is what we know so far.

Most importantly, the pickup will be powered by GM’s all-new Ultium battery system. This stackable pocket-style battery pack will support the automaker’s next-generation EVs across all its brands, offering energy storage from 50 kilowatt-hours to 200 kWh. GM previously said that the battery pack would allow “up to 400 miles or more on a full charge”—the same number given to the Silverado. This could hint at the pickup having a battery of the same size as the Hummer EV.

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The Silverado will be produced at the GM Factory Zero (formerly Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center) plant alongside the Hummer EV and an unnamed GMC electric pickup.

Another interesting feature is the truck’s fixed glass roof. The optional see-through ceiling follows recent upgrades in the glass roofs installed on vehicles such as the Tesla Model 3 and Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Hummer EV also features a similar “Infinity Roof,” however, the Silverado option will be fixed in place rather than removed like the Hummer glass.

In August, GM confirmed that the Silverado EV would feature wheels up to 24 inches, the largest ever offered on a pickup from the factory. The truck will also feature available four-wheel steering, which, like the Hummer EV system, can help navigate tight spaces by reducing turning radius and possibly even moving the truck diagonally.

Mark Reuss, president of General Motors, set expectations during a press call earlier this week that the target customers for the EV version of the Silverado would be different from buyers of traditional pickups. This could be a reason why the automaker chose CES to debut a pickup rather than a standalone event, but it might also hint at what GM expects the truck market to change as it shifts more towards the luxury segment while retaining significant numbers. utility. The automaker has also confirmed the availability of a fleet version of the pickup, which is the workhorse variant found in the lineup and typically has the same base as retail versions, only focusing more on capability and less on the luxury of everyday driving.

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The upcoming Silverado will have little competition at launch. Historically, GM has been second only to the Ford F-150 for the title of “America’s best-selling pickup”—and with an all-new battery-powered version set to start shipping early next year, the F-150 Lightning will be a serious contender. Meanwhile, Rivian’s premium adventure-focused Rivian R1T is off the assembly line, and Tesla is set to build a radical but delayed Cybertruck at its new Austin, Texas factory. Of course, there are also niche players that are a little further afield (like Lordstown Endurance and Bollinger B2), plus pickups that haven’t been announced yet.

GM still has some secrets with the Silverado. And with the recent announcements surrounding GM’s semi-autonomous driving feature, the Silverado might be a hit with future pickup buyers. The world will know more at CES in January when the truck is fully unveiled.

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