The all-new 2024 Chevy Silverado EV officially debuted earlier this year at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), introducing a fresh all-electric variant of the popular pickup nameplate. Among the highlights of the Chevy Silverado EV is a battery-powered dual-motor e4WD system driving all four wheels, but future models may offer rear-wheel drive only.
In a recent interview with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, Silverado EV Executive Chief Engineer Josh Tavel was asked if all Chevy Silverado EV models will be four-wheel drive as standard, to which Tavel replied:
“Yes, but I think in the future there’s an opportunity to change that.”
So, while all trim levels of the Chevy Silverado EV will initially be equipped with four-wheel drive, there is a possibility that rear-wheel drive variants could be offered in the future. Such a configuration could technically be less costly, weigh less, and offer lower combined output levels as it would not equip an electric motor up front.
For now, the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is available in two separate trim levels, including the range-topping RST First Edition, as well as the fleet-oriented Work Truck. While both models are equipped with a dual-motor e4WD system, combined output varies, with the RST First Edition rated at 664 horsepower and over 780 pound-feet of torque, and the Work Truck rated at 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque.
Capability is also varied, with the towing capacity for the RST First Edition rated at up to 10,000 pounds, versus 20,000 pounds for the Work Truck, and payload capacity rated at 1,300 pounds for the RST First Edition, versus 1,200 pounds for the Work Truck.
Both trim levels leverage the GM Ultium battery and GM Ultium drive motor technology. Range-per-charge is estimated at 400 miles for both trim levels. Under the skin is the GM BT1 platform, with production set to take place at the GM Factory Zero plant in early 2023.