The hotly anticipated Chevy Silverado EV made its debut earlier this year at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show, ushering in a fully electric iteration of the popular pickup nameplate. Although electric powertrains offer myriad benefits, including prodigious low-end torque and zero local emissions, questions over how an electric powertrain will fare when towing still remain, especially with regard to range. Now, we some insight into the issue.
In a recent interview with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, Chevy Silverado EV Executive Chief Engineer Josh Tavel addressed range estimates for the all-electric pickup while towing a trailer.
According to Tavel, “EVs aren’t too different from ICE vehicles, so they’ll typically lose 25 percent on the highway towing.”
At present, General Motors has unveiled two trim levels for the new Chevy Silverado EV, including the fleet-oriented WT trim level, and the well-appointed RST trim level. Silverado EV WT trims are equipped with the dual-motor e4WD powertrain rated at 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, offering 8,000 pounds and 1,200 pounds of payload. Meanwhile, the RST trim is equipped with a more powerful dual-motor e4WD system rated at 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque.
Estimated range-per-charge for both 2024 Chevy Silverado EV trim levels is set at 400 miles. Both trim levels also feature public DC fast-charge capabilities up to 350kW, which is estimated to add upwards of 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Also of note is the onboard PowerBase charging system on offer, which includes up to 10 outlets and 10.2 kW of electricity to juice everything from worksite tools to recreational toys.
Under the skin, the all-electric pickups ride on the GM BT1 platform, the same platform shared with the GMC Hummer EV, including both the Pickup and SUV body styles. Providing the motivation is GM’s Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motor technology. Production is set to kick off early next year at the GM Factory Zero plant.