To the victor goes the spoils, as they say. Ford now has the marketing ammunition it needs to parade the fact it has a 25 MPG full-size pickup truck. Meanwhile, the Silverado slips behind in the MPG race, even though we think that will change with the adoption of the 10-speed automatic transmission in the near future.
However, with CAFE regulations creeping up on the industry, is it time for Chevrolet and General Motors to revisit a dedicated Silverado hybrid? That’s the thought in today’s Community Question.
The Silverado Hybrid first came about in 2004, believe it or not. Not only was it the first hybrid truck, it was the first hybrid passenger vehicle GM ever produced. It used a relatively simple hybrid system, which housed a 42 V battery system to restart the engine as the brake pedal was released, while three additional 12 V batteries provided extra power in the rear.
We think it’s a matter of “when” not “if” Chevrolet will introduce a Silverado Hybrid in the near future, knowing the brand’s Voltec powertrain has plenty of room to be shared among other products in the portfolio. In fact, it already has somewhat with the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado E-Assist. But, the Silverado E-Assist is being limited to 500 units, and is only available in California.
Still, the E-Assist option doesn’t match the magic 25 MPG of the F-150, clocking in at 24 MPG highway and 20 MPG combined.
What do you think? Is there a market for a dedicated hybrid pickup truck? Even more importantly, is it a good idea? Let us know in our poll and talk to us below.