GM’s Silverado EV to take on Ford’s F-150 Lightning
General Motors has unwrapped its answer to Ford’s F-150 Lightning pickup truck, the Chevrolet Silverado EV, at the CES in Vegas. This full-size pickup will be well-armed for the battle with 664 hp power available, a range of 400 miles (643 km), 4-wheel drive, 4-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, and a towing capacity of up to 9 000 kg (20 000 US pounds) as an option.
The Silverado is developed from the ground up as a fully-electric truck on GM’s Ultium EV Platform. At launch in 2023, the Silverado EV will be available in two configurations, an RST First Edition and a fleet-oriented WT model. Prices will range from $39 995 to $105 000, without extras.
General Motors has just delivered the GMC Hummer EVs that use the brand new Ultium platform developed exclusively for electrically powered vehicles. By 2025, GM plans to launch 30 different models on this basis worldwide.
Fast charging will be a key element for those large battery packs. The RST and WT will feature DC fast-charging up to 350kW, enabling approximately 100 miles (160 km) of range to be added in ten minutes based on GM estimates.
As an option, the Silverado can be equipped with a power bar, which offers up to 10 outlets, to provide a total of 10,2 kW of all-electric power for the worksite or recreational needs, including powering your home, with the required equipment.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV pickup is offered exclusively as a Crew Cab model. It has a shorter front overhang and the second row pushed rearward, meaning passengers over 1,80 meters tall “will be comfortable no matter where they sit”.
The WT comes first in Spring 2023 for fleet customers. In Autumn 2023, a fully loaded RST First Edition model will debut with a list price of $105 000. An entry-level version priced at $39 995 will be available in 2024.
The Silverado WT will launch first for fleet customers and offer 510 hp and 833 Nm of torque. This one will be able to tow 8 000 pounds (3 600 kg) and can carry a payload of 1 200 pounds (545 kg).
Stampede on electric trucks
Pickups are madly popular in America and the anticipation for the electric version to become available is enormous. It looks like America is facing a stampede of people who want to be among the first to get an electric F-150.
With orders opening effectively on this Thursday in the US, Ford announced it would boost F-150 Lightning production to 150 000 a year to try to answer the massive demand for its first fully electric pickup. Earlier, Ford had to freeze pre-ordering at 200 000 vehicles because battery shortages would make deliveries even more daunting. Mass production starts in spring 2022.
But the first electric pickup available in the US is a total newcomer, Rivian, in which Ford has a 12% stake. The Rivian RT electric pickup truck features four motors, one on each wheel, delivering 800 hp. The 3 100 kg weighing truck can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hour in just over 3 seconds, and the standard battery pack should ensure a 314 mile (505 km) EPA range. For €10 000 extra, you can get a 400+ mile battery pack (643 km).