Chevy Detailed a Longer Range and Lower Price for the Silverado EV RST

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Chevrolet is readying deliveries of the Silverado EV RST, and the truck’s already impressive specs just got a boost. The automaker now states a range of 440 miles for the luxurious electric pickup, increasing the originally advertised 400-mile range. That makes it almost as robust as the more stripped-down 4WT (Work Truck) trim, which boasts a 450-mile driving range.

Chevy’s new range estimates give the Silverado EV an edge over all its competitors, including the Ford F-150 Lightning, Rivian R1T, and Tesla Cybertruck. The automaker’s numbers aren’t exaggerated, either, as recent tests by the media, including Zack Nelson from the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, show that they’re conservative, if anything.

Though stout on specs, the new truck is far from cheap. The Silverado EV RST First Edition starts at a healthy $96,495 after a $1,995 destination charge, though that’s almost $10,000 less than Chevy originally advertised. It’s still a far cry from affordable, but it is more than the trucks' rivals’ starting prices.

Ford and Ram took a more traditional route with their electric trucks, opting to build vehicles that look and function similarly to their gas counterparts. The Silverado EV is a different animal, with a design reminiscent of the Chevy Avalanche pickup from several years ago. It’s still a capable truck with up to 10,000 pounds of towing capacity, but the look is radically different from the gas-powered Silverados we have today.

Chevy hasn’t shared many other details on the pickup, but we’ll learn more in the coming weeks as it nears its on-sale date. Cheaper versions will come later, though there’s no firm word on when other variants will hit the market.

[Image: Chevrolet]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Calrson Fan Calrson Fan on Apr 06, 2024

    Can't get behind these EV 1/2 ton PU's with HUGE battery packs.

    Too expensive

    Too heavy

    Questionable resale value

    Terrible for commuting

    Not good for towing or even road tripping, especially when venturing into rural areas during cold weather.

    Bad for the environment.

    • VoGhost VoGhost on Apr 06, 2024

      I don't think large pickups were designed for commuting. "Bad for the environment" has been disproven a dozen times by credible, scientific studies. If you still believe that, you probably read it on the label of the sheep deworming paste you took to cure COVID.

  • Calrson Fan Calrson Fan on Apr 07, 2024

    Nice personal attack. I'd report it but nothing would be done as this website is obviously hard up for commenters which is why people like you & others I won't mention are allowed to still be on it.

    With current battery tech & charging infrastructure a full size PU is absolutely the worst type of vehicle to power with batteries except in a commercial setting. That is the truck market automakers should be targeting while developing this technology.

    As of today, battery vehicles do not scale well, The carbon footprint of these EV trucks may have a slight edge over a gasser but it isn't enough to bother width, so regardless they are still bad for the environment until a better battery is engineered.

    Currently EV's make sense mostly as a 2nd or 3rd commuter vehicle for multi-car families that can charge at home. That's a huge market & there's a few of us on this website including myself. Sure there are people that can make them work as their primary vehicle, but that's a much smaller market.

  • Lou_BC In my town the dealers are bad for marking up products, even pickups. There were multiple "mega-projects" on the go in my region so money was flowing fast and loose both by corporations and employees. All of that is coming to an end plus we've seen a pulpmill close, one pulpmill line close and a few sawmill closures. Cash is getting tight.
  • Lou_BC Branding is very powerful and effective. I always get a kick out of hardcore Harley Davidson fans. The "Jap scrap" mentality exists even in Canada. I used to get derided for riding Japanese bikes. I confused a bunch of Harley guys once when I pointed out that in Canada, Harley is just as much as a foreign import as Yamaha. They tried to argue that a Harley made in USA was not a foreign made bike. The cognitive dissonance made me laugh.
  • Ajla It's weird how surveys come to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results as ridiculous.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.
  • Ajla "and the $34K price doesn't seem too steep." Respectfully disagree. This would be okay at $29K. $34k clangs into way too much.