On Wednesday, during General Motors’ Consumer Electronics Show keynote, the company unveiled its next electric vehicle. We’ve already seen models from a newly revived Hummer and a forthcoming Cadillac SUV, but now it’s Chevrolet’s turn. And it’s an important vehicle for the brand, as this is its first battery-electric pickup truck—the 2024 Silverado EV.
It will be exclusively made in a crew cab configuration, and yes, there’s a big frunk up front where you would normally find an internal combustion engine.
As you might expect, the Silverado EV makes use of GM’s new family of Ultium Drive motors and Ultium batteries, which means it runs on an 800 V electrical architecture. The trucks can pack up to 24 modules of cells, which translates to a whopping 200 kWh of lithium-ion. As a result, Chevy will be able to offer trucks with 400 miles (644 km) of range between charges when equipped with the biggest battery pack.
A benefit of the higher voltage is quicker DC fast-charging. The Silverado EV will charge at up to 350 kW, which GM says will add 100 miles (160 km) of range in 10 minutes.
The first Silverado EV variant to hit our roads will be the Silverado EV WT, which should arrive in spring 2023. This one is aimed unambiguously at fleets and the work truck market.
The WT will come with 510 hp (380kW) and 615 lb-ft (833 Nm) from a pair of Ultium Drive motors and will be able to carry 1,200 lbs (544 kg) of payload and tow loads of up to 8,000 lbs (3,629 kg). In time, there will be fleet-targeted versions with smaller batteries, as well as one with a 20,000 lb (9,702 kg) towing capacity.
The vehicle will also be able to provide power on-site via an optional power bar that can provide up to 10.2 kW of electricity to 10 outlets (in total, not 10.2 kW per outlet).
Chevrolet says that “after production ramps up,” it will “unleash the full Silverado EV portfolio,” which will include a version of the WT that starts at $39,900. Although we don’t have a price for the Silverado EV WT that launches next spring, expect it to cost a fair chunk more than that due to packing so much lithium-ion.
In fall 2023, the Silverado EV RST First Edition joins the lineup. This one has all the bells and whistles, including four-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, a flexible midgate that lets you extend the bed into some of the cab, plus a bigger infotainment screen and trailer-capable Super Cruise.
The RST First Edition also comes with the biggest battery pack, which helps explain its price—a hefty $105,000. However, Chevrolet says that it will also offer Silverado EVs at around $50,000, $60,000, and $70,000 as production gets fully underway.