When GM first announced the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, it expected Chevy’s very first electric pickup truck to achieve a driving range of 400 miles from a full charge on Work Truck (WT) and RST trims. But now, the official numbers from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are in, and they’re more impressive than GM’s initial figures. Indeed, the EPA estimates that the 2024 Silverado EV 4WT will deliver an estimated 450 miles of range from a full charge.
It’s important to note that these range figures are based on ideal conditions, and may vary based on factors like weather, driving habits, and payload. Regardless, the EPA’s official estimate means that the Silverado EV WT will have a range that’s over 100 miles higher than that of its closest competitor currently on sale. That would be the Ford F-150 Lightning, which has an EPA-estimated driving range of 320 miles from a single charge. That’s a difference of (a not so insignificant) 130 miles.
GM says that “extensive development and testing” enabled engineers to go above and beyond the initial range expectations. This impressive range is paired with the ability to charge at 350 kW, making the Silverado EV WT very attractive to fleet customers.
The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV 3WT and 4WT – the first Silverado EV models to be built starting this spring exclusively for fleet customers – respectively utilize 20- and 24-module battery packs that powers a motor on the front axle and another on the rear axle. Total system output is 510 horsepower. The Silverado EV 3WT will deliver a GM-estimated 350 miles of range on a full charge.
For the sake of comparison, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup – the only other Ultium-based vehicle to utilize the 24-module battery pack – has a maximum range of 329 miles on a full charge.
As a reminder, the 2024 Silverado EV rides on the narrow-body variant of the GM BT1 platform, which is also utilized by the GMC Sierra EV. Meanwhile, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup and GMC Hummer EV SUV ride on the wide-body variant of the same vehicle platform. Note that the BT1 architecture shares nothing with the GM T1 platform, which underpins the internal combustion Silverado and Sierra pickups.
Pricing for the Silverado EV 3WT and 4WT starts at $74,800 and $79,800, respectively, and production will soon begin at the GM Factory Zero plant (née GM Detroit-Hamtramck plant), and will eventually follow suit at the GM Lake Orion plant. GM tells us that it’s on track to deliver the first Silverado EV WT units to commercial customers this spring, putting the all-new electric pickup into the toughest use cases first. Meanwhile, the Silverado EV RST First Edition will go into production this fall for retail customers.