General Motors has plans to launch 30 new EV models globally by 2025, introducing a broad range of battery-powered vehicles across a multitude of segments. That includes new pickups, with one of the most hotly anticipated reveals being the upcoming Chevy Silverado electric truck.
As of this writing, GM has just one electric truck on the market: the GMC Hummer EV Pickup. While that model is focused on high levels of all-out performance and off-road capability, the upcoming Chevy Silverado EV will focus on the traditional light duty pickup truck values and features. As such, in order to be successful, the Silverado Electric will need to do everything that the internal combustion-powered Chevy Silverado 1500 can do, but better, without compromise with regard to space or capability. What’s more, the all-electric Chevy Silverado will be positioned as a personal truck as much as a work vehicle, with fleet variants offered as well. That’s quite different from its GMC Hummer EV counterpart, whose purpose is personal use and play, rather than for work.
Outside, the Chevy Silverado electric pickup will look quite a bit different from the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, likely with a more traditional approach to pickup styling and proportions, with less aggressive front and rear end treatments and bumpers, given that this truck will be optimized for aero, as opposed to off-roading. But just like the Hummer EV, the Silverado E will not feature a separate cab and bed, instead featuring a non-interrupted body due to its integral construction (see platform section below).
In addition, the vehicle will follow the Chevy design language, as possibly hinted at with a recent Chevy Silverado design sketch. The new Chevy Silverado electric truck will not offer removable roof panels, but will instead offer a glass roof – a first for any GM pickup – possibly using SPD-SmartGlass technology to maximize range by decreasing size of HVAC compressor.
It’s currently unclear whether the new battery-driven Silverado will offer different cab and bed lengths, or if it will only be offered in a Crew Cab, Short box configurations. Either way, GM will likely limit the available body style choices at launch, given more choices could impact profitability, and GM is looking to be as profitable as possible on EVs right out of the gate.
In the back, the Chevy Silverado electric truck will likely feature the Chevy Multi-Flex tailgate as well as the CornerStep rear bumper feature. It’ll also be interesting to see how the Silverado EV will execute the sliding rear window, and if it will follow the Hummer EV in terms of the entire rear window sliding down, or if only a portion of the rear window will slide laterally, much like in the current ICE-powered Silverado models.
Finally, we should note that the Silverado E will offer very, very large wheels, and wheels wells that can accommodate them. More on that below.
Inside the cabin, the Chevy Silverado electric will feature a different cabin layout as compared to the Hummer EV, but with similar technology. The interior will likely be optimized for space, with a larger cab and more room in the rear sea, echoing the “no compromises” philosophy mentioned above.
As per the teaser released by Chevrolet, we see a large, horizontally-oriented infotainment in the center of the vehicle. We expect this to be driven by a system running Google Automotive, and complemented by a 12.3-inch driver instrument panel.
Other tech features will include cameras galore, including the 15 camera views currently offered on the internal combustion-powered Chevy Silverado. More cameras could be optional, including underbody cameras as seen on the Hummer EV. The Rear Camera Mirror should also make an appearance.
The Chevy Silverado electric pickup truck will be based on the BT1 platform, with a body-frame integral structure.
Chassis & Suspension
Keeping the Chevy Silverado electric truck planted will be an independent suspension with coil springs. While a non-adjustable setup is a given for base models, we expect Adaptive Ride Control (essentially Magnetic Ride Control “lite”) and Air Ride Suspension to be an option, delivering an improved ride quality and variable ground clearance.
24-inch wheels are also on the docket, hiding a set of regenerative brakes with Regen-On-Demand. Meanwhile, a mode that optimizes the truck to sprint as fast as possible and four wheel steering/Crab Walk mode – all of which are offered by the Hummer EV – are possibilities.
Powertrain, Range, Charging
The Silverado EV will launch with first-generation Ultium battery powering GM Ultium Drive motors. That said, GM is already working on second-gen Ultium goodies with lower costs, greater range, and more performance, as GM Authority covered previously. Expect the second-generation to offer 400-volt DC fast charge capability, up to 800-volt DC fast charging.
Range-per-charge is expected to come in between 300 miles and just over 400 miles, with range ratings dependent on the model and powertrain configuration. A single- and dual-motor powertrain will definitely be offered, while a three-motor setup is a possibility.
As a reminder, the GMC Hummer EV offers two- and three-motor setups, with output ranging from 625 horsepower, 800 horsepower, and 1,000 horsepower. The Chevy Silverado EV could offer some of these options, or those in between.
That said, we’ve heard that the Chevy Silverado electric will take a focus on capability rather than performance, so although features like a 1,000 horsepower rating, Crab Walk mode, and Watts to Freedom mode are possible, they are unlikely.
As a pickup focused on usability, one big question mark is payload and tow ratings. After all, batteries are heavy, potentially impacting both metrics. As such, GM will need to find a balance between battery capacity and towing capacity. That said, EV power should make the Chevy Silverado electric rather quick, even without an overarching focus on performance.
Pricing for the Chevy Silverado electric will be more accessible than that of the Hummer EV, which starts at about $80,000 for the base-model Hummer EV2, which features 625 horsepower and 7,400 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping Edition 1 model costs $110,295 and features a three-motor setup and gets an estimated 329 miles of driving range and is rated at 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque.
We have heard various rumors about the starting price of the Silverado E, including that it will start at $35,000 or $60,000 range. For the sake of context, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning – Ford’s upcoming electric pickup and direct rival to the Silverado E – will start at $39,974.
The trim level structure will be quite interesting for this vehicle. Given that Chevy will want to launch with the “core” trims first, we expect Work Truck, LT, LTZ/Premier models to launch first.
expect the new electric Chevy Silverado pickup to be called Chevrolet Silverado E, rather than Silverado EV or Silverado Electric. With that all covered, let’s dive into the specifics.
Launch Timeframe & Availability
The new Chevy Silverado electric pickup will debut January 5th, 2022 in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). General Motors was originally planning to reveal the pickup in-person at the event, but due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated Omicron variant, GM has decided to withdraw from an in-person appearance at CES and debut the vehicle digitally instead. Reservations will open in conjunction with the reveal, including both fleet and consumer versions.