New Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck unveiled

Ford F-150 Lightning rival is set to go on sale in 2023, offering up to 400 miles' range and over 4.5-tonne towing capacity, starting from $39,900

In 2021, Ford unveiled a zero-emissions version of the world’s best-selling pickup truck, called the F-150 Lightning. Now Chevrolet has responded in kind with the Silverado EV, boasting up to 655bhp, a 400-mile estimated range and 350kW rapid-charging capability.

Two versions of the Silverado EV will be available from launch. The cheapest is the $39,900 (c.£29,500) Work Truck or WT model, aimed at business or fleet users. This version produces 503bhp and 834Nm of torque, offering 3.6 tonnes (8,000lb) towing capacity and 544kg (1,200lb) payload capacity. After the initial launch, Chevrolet will introduce a second fleet model with a nine-tonne (20,000lb) maximum trailer weight.

The top-of-the-range Silverado EV RST model starts from $105,000 (£77,600) and is aimed more at private buyers. This version makes 655bhp and over 1,050Nm of torque when you select the ‘Wide Open Watts’, or WOW mode – enough to propel the truck from 0-60mph in under 4.5 seconds, according to Chevrolet. This version will also tow up to 4.5 tonnes and has a maximum payload of close to 600kg.

Both models have an estimated range of up to 400 miles, however, it’s unclear whether the entry-level WT will be capable of covering that distance on a single charge, or if you’ll need to pay more for a larger battery, like you can with the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T pickups. Several more versions of the Silverado EV will arrive in time; we expect the WT and RST models represent the bottom and top of the eventual full line-up.

Designed from the ground up as a fully electric pickup truck, the Silverado EV uses the same Ultium platform as the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV. That means it can accommodate electric motors at the front and rear for four-wheel-drive, independent front and rear suspension and a battery pack as large as 24 modules and 200kWh.

The Silverado EV’s front end has been sculpted to direct air down the side of the body, reducing drag and air turbulence. As a result, Chevrolet claims the Silverado EV WT has one of the lowest drag coefficients of any full-size pickup truck on the market, helping to improve its range. The truck is also available with four-wheel steering to improve low-speed manoeuvrability and stability at higher speeds, while adaptive air suspension allows you to raise or lower ride height by up to five centimetres.

According to Chevrolet, the Silverado EV can rapid charge at up to 350kW, which surpasses even the Porsche Taycan or Mercedes EQS’ capability. At that speed, you can add roughly 100 miles of range in 10 minutes if you find a fast enough ultra-rapid charging point. The truck can also recharge other vehicles and is available with a ‘PowerBase’ charging system, offering up to 10 outlets providing a total of 10.2kW for running power tools or other equipment.

Inside, the WT comes with an 11-inch central touchscreen and an eight-inch digital driver’s display behind the wheel. Upgrading to the RST trim gets you a 17-inch central infotainment touchscreen and 11-inch digital driver’s display boasting 3D animations, paired with a head-up display.

The top-of-the-range RST version also gets a panoramic glass roof, hands-free starting and GM's 'Super Cruise' driver-assistance technology. Much like the 'BlueCruise' system in the Ford F-150 Lightning, it allows for hands-free driving on 200,000 miles of pre-mapped US and Canadian highways. 

Chevrolet is initially offering the Silverado EV rival in four-door 'crew cab' configuration, but it gets storage space under the bonnet, a nearly six-foot-long bed and back seats that have been pushed rearwards “meaning passengers over six feet tall will be comfortable no matter where they sit,” according to the company. The rear seats can also be folded down in a 60:40 split, and when fitted with the 'Multi-Flex Midgate', the storage space on offer expands to just under 11 feet.

Much like the Ford F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T it competes against, the Silverado EV is unlikely to go on sale in the UK anytime soon. However, US customers can reserve their zero-emissions Chevy pickup now, with first deliveries set for late 2023.

Recommended

New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond
Polestars under cover
Coming soon

New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond

24 Jun 2022
1,972bhp Ford Electric SuperVan can do 0-62mph in under two seconds
Ford Pro Electric SuperVan
Ford Transit

1,972bhp Ford Electric SuperVan can do 0-62mph in under two seconds

23 Jun 2022
New ORA Funky Cat electric car: prices, specs and walkaround video
ORA Funky Cat
Electric

New ORA Funky Cat electric car: prices, specs and walkaround video

23 Jun 2022
New Lotus Eletre electric SUV: Britain’s answer to BMW iX unveiled
Lotus Eletre
Lotus

New Lotus Eletre electric SUV: Britain’s answer to BMW iX unveiled

22 Jun 2022

Most Popular

Top 10 best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2022
Best seven-seater electric and hybrids
Best cars

Top 10 best seven-seater electric and hybrid cars 2022

If the regular crop of electrified SUVs and family cars don’t provide enough practicality for you, then take a closer look at the range of electric an…
15 Jun 2022
Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022
Cheapest electric cars 2022
Electric

Top 10 cheapest electric cars 2022

Contrary to popular opinion, not all electric cars are expensive. Here are the cheapest ones available in the UK right now
15 Jun 2022
Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022
Top 10 best electric SUVs
Electric

Top 10 best electric SUVs 2022

Electric SUVs combine style and practicality with low running costs, making them a very popular choice in the UK. Here are our top 10 favourites to bu…
15 Jun 2022