GM has already received tens of thousands of reservations for the Chevy Silverado EV in the ‘Work Truck or ‘WT’ trim level.
According to Automotive News, roughly 370 companies have placed a combined 85,000 reservations for the Chevy Silverado EV in the WT trim level. Ed Peper, vice president of GM Fleet, told the publication that interest in the battery-electric pickup truck is “extremely high,” among fleet operators, many of which are enticed by the potential savings an EV offers with regard to operating costs.
“There will be less moving parts with EVs. And if there are less parts, that means serviceability is going to be even better for our fleet customers,” he explained
Peper also told AN that the GM fleet sales team is currently acting as a sort of consultancy firm for EVs, answering questions and addressing any concerns that customers may have about them. This is helping to steer more customers away from internal combustion engine offerings and toward the Chevy Silverado EV WT for certain use cases.
“We’re not just throwing them a playbook and saying, ‘Here you go, figure it out yourself,’ ” Peper added. “Whether a fleet wants to have home charging for their drivers, whether they want to have depot charging or whether they want to engage in public charging for their drivers, we want solutions for all of them.”
Back in April, GM said it had received 140,000 reservation orders for the Chevy Silverado EV, which includes consumer-focused models like the RST First Edition, as well as the WT fleet model. Production of the truck will begin early next year at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan.
Both the Silverado EV RST First Edition and WT trim levels feature a dual-motor e4WD powertrain, with the WT rated at 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque, and the RST trim rated at 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque. The truck boasts a GM-estimated range of 400 miles, thanks to its GM Ultium battery design and GM Ultium drive motor technology, and rides on the GM BT1 platform.