With its battery-electric powertrain, innovative mid-gate and available four-wheel steering, the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is quite a bit different than the fairly simple and straightforward GM pickups that precede it. One of the less talked about components that helps to further differentiate the Silverado EV from regular pickups is the gear selector, which is a major departure from the gear selector in gasoline and diesel-powered GM trucks.
The majority of GM pickup trucks use a column-mounted gear select lever, while some of its other vehicles have a row of buttons in place of a traditional gear selector. The Chevy Silverado EV uses neither of these solutions, however, instead opting to use a short gear selector stalk mounted to the steering wheel.
The steering wheel-mounted gear selector stalk on the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, which will be standard equipment across all trim levels, works as follows:
- Pull towards the wheel and then up to select D
- Pull towards the wheel and then down to select R
- Pull towards the wheel to select N
- Press the button at the tip of the selector to engage P
The 2023 Cadillac Lyriq also features a steering wheel-mounted stalk in place of a traditional gear selector- a potential sign that GM will employ this design in most of its future battery-electric vehicles. Tesla was the first automaker to mount the gear selector on the steering wheel with a stalk, however the California-based company has now moved to an automatic gear select system, with backup gear select controls accessible via the vehicle’s touchscreen.
GM said in April that it had received 140,000 reservation orders for the Chevy Silverado EV, which includes orders for 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, with deliveries of the WT set to commence that spring. The WT is priced from $39,900 not including DFC, while the RST First Edition starts at $105,000 without DFC.
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.