In January, the all-new 2024 Chevy Silverado EV made its official debut at CES 2022. Among the models announced were the RST First Edition, fleet-focused WT (Work Truck) and the Silverado EV Trail Boss. The announcement of the new electric truck made us wonder what a hypothetical Silverado EV SS would look like, so we put our team of artists on the task.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV was engineered from the ground up to be an EV only, utilizing GM’s BT1 platform that leverages the available 24-module Ultium battery pack as a fundamental part of the vehicle’s structure. This battery pack will provide enough juice for a GM-estimated 400 miles of driving range in some Silverado EV models.
Power in the RST First Edition comes from a dual-motor e4WD system, with the configuration being rated at 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque when in the available Wide Open Watts Mode. This will enable the full-size pickup to spring from zero-to-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
For our imagined Silverado EV SS, power would come from the three-motor setup found in the Edition 1 and EV3X versions of the GMC Hummer EV pickup. Most notably, the Edition 1 features a total system output of a whopping 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of wheel torque, along with a range estimated by GMC at over 350 miles. The EV3X, meanwhile, is rated at 800 horsepower and 9,500 pound-feet of wheel torque, and have a range of over 300 miles.
Supporting all that power in our hypothetical Silverado EV SS electric pickup truck would be a more aggressive stance with lower ground clearance and wider tracks. We also gave the truck the black-out treatment all around, from the front end accented by the popular black Chevy Bow Tie badge to the window trim, mirror caps, wheels, running boards, and more.
We gave the lower fascia a familiar Chevy SS truck treatment, consisting of two silver-trimmed lower intakes to cool those powerful EV powertrain components along with the truck’s performance brakes. Complementing the requisite chrome SS logo is a red “E” in the Silverado nameplate badge, replacing the blue one in regular Silverado EV models.
The rear end also features a more aggressive diffuser for improved aerodynamic performance at high speeds.
While the RST First Edition will already be equipped with impressive factory-installed 24-inch rolling stock, we included a new set on our Silverado EV SS, along with high-performance, low-profile tires. Stopping all that would be a high-performance braking system from Brembo, with red brake calipers at all four corners.
For the chassis and suspension system, we think GM’s vaunted Magnetic Ride Control should replace the Continuously Damping Control suspension offered in the regular Silverado EV. We would also carry over the Adaptive Air Ride system found in the RST First Edition as standard, which complements the electric truck’s independent front and rear suspension, along with four-wheel-steering for improved maneuverability.
Inside we’d drop in some highly-bolstered front seats with Alcantara suede to keep the driver and occupants in place during the kind of spirited driving a Silverado electric rocket would invite.