2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Blasts Into The Windy City

2022 Chicago Auto Show / 14 Comments

Trucks will never be the same.

There was no way GM was going to let Ford own the spotlight forever with the F-150 Lightning. The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV intends to shake things up. Following its online-only reveal last month during CES, the first-ever fully electric Silverado will be a force to be reckoned with thanks to its 664 horsepower and a 400-mile range. And now the public can see it for the first time in-person at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. Unlike its Ford rival, the Crew Cab-only Silverado EV does not share a platform with its ICE counterpart, but rather GM's all-new dedicated EV Ultium architecture. The GMC Hummer EV also uses this setup.

The RST First Edition model pictured here comes with four-wheel steering, automatic adaptive air suspension capable of raising or lowering the truck by up to two inches, and the familiar Multi-Flex Midgate that expands cargo space while retaining seating for a rear seat passenger.

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Drivers will appreciate the standard 17-inch LCD freeform infotainment touchscreen display and 11-inch all-digital driver's gauge cluster. There's also a multicolor head-up display. Want more high-tech? There will be over-the-air software updates plus the Super Cruise hands-free driver assistance tech.

Towing? No need to be concerned with this EV. The base Work Truck (WT), already with 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of twist, can haul up to 8,000 pounds. The payload is rated at 1,200 pounds while the RST offers an additional 100 pounds. The 24-module Ultium battery pack not only provides the necessary juice but is also a core part of the truck's structure. It actually helps bolster rigidity. There are also independent front and rear suspension systems. Performance? Try 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds when engaged in Wide Open Watts Mode.

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That time is for the RST model, so expect lower trims to likely be slightly slower. Regardless of trim, the Silverado EV has DC fast charging capabilities of up to 350 kilowatts, or around 100 miles of recouped range after only ten minutes. One optional feature we really like is the ability to recharge another EV with a power cord. The available PowerBase charging system has up to 10 power outlets to provide juice for tools, appliances, and even one's home.

The RST First Edition's $105,000 price tag is not cheap (though it sold out in just 12 minutes), but the WT will begin at a darn reasonable $39,900. A Trail Boss trim is also coming though we don't know pricing yet.

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