Chevrolet has allowed its mild hybrid system to trickle down to some of its bread and butter: the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado. The brand announced the 2016 Silverado e-Assist will be available later this year with a 13-percent increase in city fuel economy, equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 engine.
However, only 500 2016 Silverado e-Assist models will be produced, and they will only be available in California.
“Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevrolet Trucks. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.”
The e-Assist components trickle down from the Chevrolet Volt, and altogether, the compact system increases curb weight by only 100-pounds, but provides an additional 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of torque from the electric motor. The Silverado e-Assist also gains seamless stop-start technology and regenerative braking. The EPA estimates the 2016 Silverado e-Assist to return highway fuel economy of 24 mpg, and a combined rating of 20 mpg.
The e-Assist system will be available at a $500 premium over a “similarly equipped two-wheel drive Silverado 1500 crew cab in 1LT trim,” according to Chevy.
Chevrolet says it will reevaluate production for the 2017 model year to adjust with consumer demand.