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Chevrolet Silverado: The Electric Truck with the Most Range

If you are looking for an electric truck with classic styling and a huge driving range, look no further than the Chevrolet Silverado EV. It shares its electric powertrain with the GMC Hummer EV and has several excellent features, making it perfect for everyone, from adventurist couples to families. Chevy even took some of the more popular features from the Avalanche pickup, which is now discontinued, such as a foldable wall between the truck bed and cabin to allow for extra space when needed. It has stiff competition from the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T, so let’s unfold why the Chevrolet Silverado is an excellent buy for everyone.

The Interior of the Chevrolet Silverado EV Truck

There are three trims available depending on your preferences: 3WT, 4WT, and RST. Currently, only the premium trim is available, but the base trims will be launched next year. The interior of the premium RST is aesthetically beautiful, with stunning features such as a glass roof, two-tone leather upholstery with piping, and a large amount of space for its passengers. The base model is a lot plainer with a basic black interior. But if you were using this truck for work, easy-to-clean sides and basic upholstery would be perfect. Instead of the new modern shifters, Chevrolet has installed a column-mounted stalk, which gives plenty of storage on either side. 

The Technology with the Chevrolet Silverado EV Truck

With every modern vehicle, they have a certain amount of technological features, and the Silverado EV is no different. The base models have an infotainment touchscreen and a digital gauge display. For the premium RST model, the sizes of the screens are larger. You can personalize them to your preferences and enjoy helpful features like climate control. Other features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-car navigation, satellite radio, and on-board Wi-Fi hotspot.  

When it comes to driver safety features, the RST trim will have Chevrolet’s new hands-free Super Cruise system. All trims will have other driver safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and semi-autonomous driving mode. 

Under the Hood of the Chevrolet Silverado EV Truck

The Chevrolet Silverado EV uses General Motors battery technology and can be increased to produce a 205 kWh battery if needed. Within the powertrain are dual motors that provide an all-wheel drive. The base trims 3WT and 4WT can produce up to 510 horsepower and up to 393 miles of driving on a full charge. While the premium RST trim can give up to 450 miles of driving from a full charge and up to 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque. If you need a top-up, a fast-charging outlet will give the truck 100 miles from ten minutes of charging. Also, these numbers may vary if you are carrying a heavy load or towing something heavy. 

It can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 5.8 seconds in standard mode and 4.1 seconds when it is in “wide open watts” mode. For a large truck, it has great handling that is smooth and feels more like an SUV than a truck. You can add optional extras like rear-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, or 24-inch wheels. 

The Silverado EV has a fuel economy of 67 MPGe in a city setting and 59 MPGe on the highway. Other features include towing capabilities of up to 10,000 pounds, hauling capabilities of 1440 pounds, and more. 

The Cost of the Chevrolet Silverado EV Truck

The base trim 3WT starts at just under $75,000, and the price increases to just under $97,000 for the premium RST trim. This does seem quite expensive, but when it is compared to the Tesla Cybertruck, which has a starting price of $60,000 and doesn’t offer the range of features that the Silverado does, including the massive driving range, it is worth the extra investment.  

If you are looking for an american truck that can tow enormous quantities, provide a large amount of storage but makes you feel like you are in a saloon car, then the Silverado is the truck for you. With electric technology it has up to a staggering 450 miles of driving range, blowing the cyber truck out of the water. It sure to be a huge success for Chevrolet and the GM team.

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Ryan Clancy
Ryan Clancy is a freelance writer and blogger. With 5+ years of mechanical engineering experience, he's passionate about all things engineering and tech. He loves bringing engineering (especially mechanical) down to a level that everyone can understand. Ryan lives in Miami, and writes about everything engineering and tech at sites like Forbes, Engineering360, Clinked, MakeUseOf, Mechanical Engineering HQ, and many more.

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