By on January 5, 2022

 

The truck arm of Chevrolet has been teasing its all-electric pickup for some time now, promising a rig that will do fisticuffs with the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T, among others. While no one from GM’s keynote was on the ground at CES in Vegas (thanks, Covid), a packaged presentation spelled out all the details – including one surprising and exciting new trim level.

In contravention of the usual product rollout, Chevy will launch the Work Truck variant of the Silverado EV first, then follow up with a pricey RST First Edition trim. Generally, the bucks deluxe models are first off the line, padding company coffers and building a war chest for future efforts. It would seem this play intends to focus on getting the Silverado EV in the hands of many before handing sets of keys to the moneyed set who haul horse trailers in leather-lined comfort.

The fleet-oriented WT trim will launch in Spring 2023 offering GM’s longest-range battery with an expected range of over 400 miles on a full charge. It will pack up to 510 horsepower and 615 lb-ft of torque in its electric gubbins, and be able to hoover enough electrons from robust 350kW DC fast-charge stations to replenish about 100 miles of driving distance in about 10 minutes. Trucks that are first out of the gate will be able to tow 8,000 lbs and have a payload capacity of 1,200 lbs. Later models will be capable of hauling up to 20,000 lbs, GM said.

We’ll take a moment to acknowledge that payload figure. If a customer hitches up a max weight trailer, one can bank on an 800 lb tongue weight. This leaves just 400 pounds for passengers and their stuff. Let’s hope yer buddies aren’t too well fed.

Elsewhere, there will be a handy weatherproof frunk (eTrunk, in GM parlance) on the Silverado EV, one which can be appended with all manner of accessories including a power bar that can configure the Silverado EV’s PowerBase charging system to 10 electrical outlets. This could provide a total of 10.2kW of all-electric power for countless worksite or recreational duties, and the Silverado EV is apparently capable of charging up other electric vehicles should the need arise. Price for the WT is listed at $39,900 plus freight but you can be guaranteed that’s for a ‘coming soon’ variant of the Work Truck with a smaller battery and lesser range than the one described for launch in Spring 2022.

The second Silverado EV will be the RST First Edition, set to be stickered at – ahem – $105,000 plus fees. This will be a luxury cruiser, laden with ample cabin technologies and driving aids such as Super Cruise. It is also expected to have a driving range of 400 miles, but power output is juiced to 664 horses and 780 lb-ft of twist. When the launch-style Wide Open Watts mode (WOW Mode – dad jokes at GM, apparently) is activated, this pickup should scoot to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds. This variant will be rated to tow 10,000 lbs and bear 1,300 lbs of payload.

As the flagship, it’ll pack the likes of four-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension, plus a Multi-Flex tailgate that’s already appeared on gasoline-powered GM trucks. What hasn’t recently appeared on General Motors pickups is this Multi-Flex Midgate, a feature most of our readers will recall from the Chevy Avalanche. Proving that everything old is new again, this feature is being touted as permitting almost 10 feet of length in the cargo area with the tailgate up. This time around, it has a 60/40 function with the rear window staying in place. Meaning you won’t have to kick your kids to the curb when bringing home 2x4s from Lowe’s. Electric motors will live in the front and rear of the RST First Edition, with independent suspension on both ends and a 24-module Ultium battery pack hove underneath.

Interior shots show a cabin that’s leaps and bounds over the existing Silverado, and even eclipses the new-for-’22 model in some respects. The massive infotainment and gauge cluster screens are impossible to ignore, as are the modular console and let-them-eat-cake seats on the RST. The Silverado EV will be offered exclusively as a Crew Cab, so get any thoughts of a regular cab shorty outta yer mind. In terms of the footprint it lays on pavement, it’s in with a shout of the existing Crew Cab short-box gasser at 233 inches long and 76 inches tall.

Making sure to bury the lede like any good TTAC post, that surprising new EV trim mentioned at the top is a Trail Boss edition that was displayed briefly on video during the keynote. Shown sending dirt high into the desert sky, it appears the Trail Boss EV will come with all-terrain tires and other off-road goodies. That’s one truck your author looks forward to wheeling.

The Silverado EV will be assembled with ‘domestically and globally-sourced’ parts at The Generals’ Factory ZERO in Detroit.

[Images: Chevrolet/GM]

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68 Comments on “Chevy Shows Off Fully Electric Silverado EV at CES Keynote...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    IMO, a major smart move from Ford was making the Lighting look like an F-150.

    This Silveradolanche does not look like a normal Silverado. We’ll seem what impact that has on interest.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      “This Silveradolanche does not look like a normal Silverado.”

      Given how ugly the Silverado is, maybe that’s a good thing?

      • 0 avatar
        redapple

        Freed…
        That WT one above is UGLYER !!!!!!
        Didnt think that was possible.

        PS- I hate GM- you know that. But 2 smart ideas:
        1 unique styling for unique powertrain. An a la prius rollout.
        2 BEV worktruck offering at the beginning is smart. Gets a lot of them out there. Gets them in the hands of ideal users. Short trips. At a base at night for recharge

        GM is rarely this smart. Must have been the outside hire that came up with that.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      I agree. The lesson Ford in 2021-22 is teaching all of us is “people like things that look like trucks.” The Maverick looks like a crew cab take on a good old mini-truck, and the Lightning looks like an F-150 with better taste. While I suspect this may be just as good a truck it is not going to sell as easily to a trucky audience.

      • 0 avatar

        I like it because I have a strange love affair with the midgate concept. I didn’t like the original avalanche until I had a coworker show me the midgate on his and I tried it out moving some things, best thing ever.
        I do think the buttress over the bed is a mistake thou. Limits you on thinks like covers, caps, tool boxes etc. I would have thought they would have eliminated it instead of just making it smaller. Again I agree Ford seems to have figured this out.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      The Lighting is a modified F-150. Where the Silverado EV is made on BT1 dedicated EV platform shared with Hummer EV.

    • 0 avatar
      kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh

      agree it looks like the Hyundai Santa Cruz

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      It looks more like the Avalanche. The midgate is definitely an Avalanche feature. Maybe they could have called it the, E-valanche?

    • 0 avatar
      jimmyy

      You got that right.

      This EV Silverado looks just like a Honda Ridgeline. I noticed no one else had the courage to point this out even thought it is so obvious.

  • avatar
    CaddyDaddy

    Looks like it is ready to accept a ladder rack with ez access to the bed for a load of topsoil and that Frunk. And for the Fancy Truck crowd, the don’t want some EV. Sorry EVs will not tow on big road trips. Now if your focus group was within a 25 mile radius of Sunnyvale or Austin…. well those are not your buyers.

    And what fleet manager wants his knucklehead employees monkeying around with that giant screen or having the ability to access 500HP. Good God! Did they not learn their lesson from Toyota? Basic, reliable, simple. From the retort of GM’s spokesman on suggesting that Toyota not get a #1 Tattooed on their resume, I’m not surprised.

    Also don’t send any reps to CES, lest they have to answer questions. Just blame it on Covid. Heck blame it all on Covid.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Sold out in about 20-minutes…

      • 0 avatar
        Socrates77

        Big liar, is not sold out. You can’t sell something that is two years away for production. You must be a GM stock holder. You better sell your shares now before it begins to dive.

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          The GMC Hummer and Cadillac are initially sold out and ordering closed.

          GM might be a good longterm stock for this decade. I could also use offset some gains if what I was hearing from the comment sections.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            “Sold out reservations” is different than “sold out.” How many reservations were there?

          • 0 avatar
            Detroit-X

            Reservations are not sales, or even sales contracts.

          • 0 avatar
            Socrates77

            You’re so wrong or a lying manipulator. This post is about the chevy silverado ev and now your talking about the hummer and Cadillac and those aren’t sold out either. You’re going to lose your ass holding GM stock. Even ford is now valuable than gm and toyota is now the number 1 manufacturer in the us because they handle the chip crisis better than gm. Gm market share is being going down for years now

          • 0 avatar
            Socrates77

            You’re so wrong or a lying manipulator. This post is about the chevy silverado ev and now your talking about the hummer and Cadillac and those aren’t sold out either. You’re going to lose your ass holding GM stock. Even ford is now valuable than gm and toyota is now the number 1 manufacturer in the us because they handle the chip crisis better than gm. Gm market share is being going down for years now

        • 0 avatar
          NormSV650

          Socrates, sorry it was 12-minute sell out.

          https://insideevs.com/news/559236/chevrolet-silveradoev-firstedition-sold-out/?fbclid=IwAR1tJbfEtmMtVL-h1esh96mvTAphwO9CyecUobvUYlHRrRG4nIkvOD4_U0Y

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        You can trade in your “Trifecta Tune” Buick for one.

    • 0 avatar
      Detroit-X

      “Did they not learn their lesson from Toyota?”

      Nice rhetorical question. A: No, of course not, (but we all know that). No lessons-learned from competitor observation, none from shared assembly plants, none from all the Toyota documents I hear were copied in that era, none from Toyota’s profit blowing away GM’s consistently, none from all the non-SUV/Trucks that Toyota still makes-sells-makes a profit on….

      Now let’s list lessons not learned from a hundred other means…

  • avatar
    bumpy ii

    Looked at the CG renders, wondered if the Electrolanche has a midgate… yes it does. I expect this is more or less what the next Silvererra will look like.

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    Its gm. Its history has been the company that releases half baked inferior products following the competition. Its been the gm pattern since the vega. Dont expect much

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    While this is still an EV and many steps below a proper ICE vehicle it is leagues ahead of the makeshift F150 Mach E. Where Ford just cobbled the Non-Lightning together by simply removing the ICE powertrain and adding some motors from a golf cart, GM did it right by utilizing a unique platform. This should give them a major edge when the inevitable comparisons begin to occur.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    I like that interior, but most EV designers still struggle to make a good-looking front end.

    • 0 avatar

      EV people – Why does it have a grill it doesn’t need dumb ICE people.

      Everyone else – Cars look odd without grills.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Cars look great without grills. Look at all those 90’s designs. You need the low hoodline those cars had to make it work though. Modern cars with their high hoodlines and resulting larger frontal areas just look like they forgot to put the grill on if you leave it off.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    The midgate was and is such a good idea that it makes this interesting all by itself. But I wish instead the Avalanche would return with the 6.2 V8.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @jack4x – Midgate or an open camper window only works if you don’t have anything loose or malodourous in the box. Wind swirling off the tailgate blows everything into the cab.

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        This can be mitigated somewhat by having the front window down.

        Or the 3 piece tonneau covers that came with the Avalanche.

        But yeah, it’s not a perfect solution for everything, just a pretty good solution for a lot of things.

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    One wonders how this vehicle would do, stuck on I-95 in a 40 to 50 mile traffic jam, on a very icy/snowy interstate, for 20-plus hours, at night, at 20deg F. Figure in: The owner started down in Virginia from his home for his job in DC that morning with his battery at 80% charge… Discuss.

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      My understanding is it might be fine. The power used for heat is much less than used for propulsion. If the car isn’t moving, it’s not using much power, especially if using seat heaters instead of cabin heat. On the other hand a ICE vehicle heats the interior with waste heat from the engine, so it’s still using a lot of energy whether it is moving or not. I have read sources saying that Teslas can go several days, depending on conditions. I’m sure somebody in Norway has figured this out and published it.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      He’d have done just fine, most likely better than those in ICE powered vehicles anxiously watching the fuel gauge go down to E. Once it becomes apparent that you’re in for the long haul, you punch up the heater to warm the cab, then once you’ve reached the desired temperature you turn off the heater and turn on the seat heater to keep you comfortable. Recycle between the two as needed. I normally drive my Bolt in the winter with the heater off, having prepped the car at the house while still plugged in.

      This hits home for me, as I live off the Atlee-Elmont exit on 95, four exits south of Carmel Church where the mess started. Had I been heading north that day, to start I would have been in a toasty warm car. I normally charge 90% unless I’m doing a real stretch trip.

      Then, having any indication of trouble ahead (I normally check the VDOT 511 app before leaving), I’d take US 1 up to Fredericksburg. I well know where the parking lot sections of 95 are south of DC. Or, if it turns out I had a more complete understanding of the situation, I’d just take US301 instead.

      I assume most people caught in this were out of staters, or at least out of region. Then again, maybe not, as one of those stuck thru the entire mess was our Senator Tim Kane, who’s from Richmond and I’d expect knows 95 as well as I do.

      • 0 avatar
        slow_poke

        Syke had a good answer. heaters probably equal to a hair dryer or two so 1-2KW and the batt is probably 100kwh at 80% so you’ve got a bunch of time… seat heaters are even a better idea.. likely last longer than idling.

        of course if you’re driving into a snow storm you should have brought a blanket or sleeping bag “just in case” and some snacks. and some water…

        ugh, sorry… linger effects of growing up in the “north”

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Nice vehicle.

    “the Silverado EV is apparently capable of charging up other electric vehicles should the need arise” – Yeah, baby!

  • avatar
    BSttac

    Its impressive that they made it look different from the normal Silverado while maintaining a way to make it look as unattractive. The unibrow front end is not a good look.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Looks better than the ICE Silverado but it doesn’t take too much to do so. Looks better than a Tesla Model Y.

  • avatar
    Socrates77

    All talk and no walk, by the time this truck hits the market it will be outdated. The ford lightning will be on its mid 2 year redesign. GM is going bankrupt

    • 0 avatar

      Interesting viewpoint, there, Socrates77.

      GM stock is up 50% over 1 year ago and is up since last month.
      https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/funddetails/fi-a1tyrw?ocid=ansMSNMoney11&duration=1Y

      Did Mary Barra pee in your cornflakes?

  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    Oh my.

    Generally, the bucks deluxe models are first off the line, padding company coffers and building a war chest for future efforts. (Via employee-driven company cars, too, which are typically loaded to book as “sales” ASAP, even on the biggest turd programs.)

    The fleet-oriented WT trim will launch in Spring 2023. (Meaning: This turn isn’t even close to be right/done/sold, even by GM’s low, let the customer incur the defects, standards.)

    Trucks that are first out of the gate will be able to tow 8,000 lbs and have a payload capacity of 1,200 lbs. Later models will be capable of hauling up to 20,000 lbs, GM said. (All near-meaningless, when it drops the range down to 50-100 miles.)

    the Silverado EV is apparently capable of charging up other electric vehicles should the need arise. (But this is possible because of the reverse scenario, this turd needing a charge by anything/everything else–often)

    1. The fleet-oriented WT trim will launch in Spring 2023 offering GM’s longest-range battery with an expected range of over 400 miles on a full charge. 2. Price for the WT is listed at $39,900 plus freight but you can be guaranteed that’s for a ‘coming soon’ variant of the Work Truck with a smaller battery and lesser range than the one described for launch in Spring 2022. … (WTF does this mean?)

    The massive infotainment and gauge cluster screens are impossible to ignore, (Or work. Or fix. Does this have the tiny, 9mm mirror button controls like the midsize trucks? More features the dealers can’t diagnose nor repair, no matter how long it waits for a technician.)

    Does it weigh an Earth-friendly 10,000 lbs like the Hummer?

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Looks like a big Hyundai Santa Cruz.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    GM has a factory called ZERO? The jokes write themselves…

  • avatar

    I’m curious about the seemingly tiny payloads. I’m assuming the curb weight will be very high. I know many halftons have payloads in the same range but when releasing a vehicle to impress on specs this seems like bad planning.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    Before I saw the price, I thought it was a major mistake not making these a cab-and-chassis that could be upfitted by all sorts of utility providers.

    • 0 avatar
      tomLU86

      Actually, it’s not bad looking. More than ever, today’s trucks look like “angry appliances”.

      Yes, it’s on the Hummer platform and not a cab and box truck.

      BUT–it has an interesting styling cue, that GM could adopt for the next version of their full-size truck.

      The shape/feature above the door handle, slight bulge, flows into the quarter panel (aka the “bed”).

      On every conventional truck, it seems the box is featureless other than a wheel flare or bulging fender. They should incorporate this feature line, flowing from the cab to the box, on their next truck. Some one will.

      It may not look as good with the “sail”. But the sail is a non-starter on a cab and box.

      If GM is smart, some one is reading this and they will heed my advice.

      This EV truck is not especially good looking, but it looks better than any full-size truck GM makes now–it’s on par with the LD Ram, which puts it at top of the heap of what are ugly full-size trucks

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      GM sells somewhere around 20 times as many conventional pickups as it does chassis cabs (counting both its own front-engine platforms and the cabover one licensed from Isuzu). The chassis cabs will come but it was more important to get the conventional pickup right first.

  • avatar
    Krivka

    General Motors blew a chance (again) to steal a march from Ford. Can you imagine how well a Colorado/Canyon would sell and blow up the truck market? They just can’t stop shooting themselves on the foot. They have the tech but just can’t think outside the box.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      GM is lightyears ahead of Ford. Why would GM need to steal anything from them?

      The Silverado EV is far better than the cobbled together and phoned in F150 Mach E. The Colorado is far better than the Ranger which is an old POS from 2012.

      The only thing Ford does better is pencil whip capability ratings and marketing.

      • 0 avatar
        Socrates77

        Are you crazy, the silverado EV hasn’t even been seen yet, there’s a reason why they only show a video. The F150 has been tested pulling train cars. What makes you think is better just because you saw pictures. And they’re not ahead of ford. And the colorado is a crappie truck. Nothing to brag. The ford has a way better powertrain with their eco boots engine. Stop smoking dope. The Mach best selling and is on high demand. There’s waiting list for the bronco and now the lightning. Ford is way ahead of gm.

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          Completely wrong. The F150 is cobbled together enough to do pointless stunts like pulling a train. Not impressive.

          Ford is a joke and well behind the times. That’s why the non-lightning is so bad.

  • avatar
    IH_Fever

    Typical half baked GM execution. It’s electric and new, yay…You know what fleet users like? Tried and true TRUCKS with a cab and a bed. How does one put a cross box with the bevel in the way? Or a utility/camper shell, or a ladder rack, or pretty much all of the accessories fleets have been using forever? Ford will wipe the floor with this battery powered el camino, kind of like the ICE F150 does with the chevy/gmc twins now.

  • avatar
    eng_alvarado90

    I didn’t expect to say this but I like how the Silverado EV looks like. Even the WT spec looks good and the base MSRPwould work for many, but I also think that base truck’s range won’t be anywhere close to 400 miles.
    Anything over Ford’s max 300 mile rating will be fine, though.
    PS. I like the midgate feature and it’d work for me, but I expect it won’t be popular with fleet buyers that would benefit from the Lightning’s greater payload.

  • avatar
    zipper69

    I see they’ve revived the flying buttress C pillar, presumably just to ensure the tradition of built-in blind spots continues.

    The $40k base model might appeal to some…

  • avatar
    slow_poke

    cough cough, bloated Gen1 Ridgeline….

  • avatar
    285exp

    I doubt that the moneyed horse trailer towing set is going to be lining up for these things, they’ll be lucky to get half of the rated range towing a horse trailer, and having to stop for an hour every 150 miles or so won’t cut it.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    I like that they built it on a platform designed around being an EV because I think that will equate to it being a better battery vehicle. That was a difference between my Gen 1 Volt & the 2nd Gen.

    A battery truck will not work for me due to long distance towing requirements during the winter & really the summer if I’m honest about it. I’ll stick w/gas there & enjoy the mostly electric operation my 2013 Volt DD until it requires a repair too expensive to justify fixing it. Then I’ll look at a full on EV. Too bad they still don’t make the Volt because I’d get another one.

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