Chevrolet wants to run circles around the competition.
Back in 2019, we heard the Chevrolet Silverado would be going electric, but the official announcement only came earlier this year. Thus far, details have been scant and likely will continue to be so until development of the truck is much further along. While other American rivals like the F-150 Lightning have already been revealed, Chevrolet needs to remind its loyal customers that it too is working on an electric pickup. The below video is the beginning of the new offering's teaser campaign, and it shows that one of the available options on the electric Silverado will be four-wheel steering.
This technology was mind-blowing to kids when they discovered that the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R had it, but it has since become much more commonplace. Now that automakers are able to make it work without too much complexity and without heavy hydraulic pumps, we're seeing it pop up everywhere. In the Silverado Electric, we can see that it will work much like other systems, turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the fronts at low speeds, thus drastically reducing the turning circle. It's unclear if the system will also work at higher speeds and turn the rear wheels in the same direction as the fronts for greater stability, as is common on sports cars.
We also don't know if the system will allow the Silverado to crab walk like the GMC Hummer EV, but considering both products are from General Motors, and both will be underpinned by the Ultium platform, it's not a stretch to imagine the more affordable Silverado will inherit some of the Hummer's technical attributes.
With Ram also about to enter the electric truck segment, the Chevrolet Silverado EV will need all the tech and goodies it can get to stand out in the crowd. Thus far, we know that the truck will be powered by clever Ultium batteries and will likely be joined by a similar GMC that may or may not be called the Sierra EV. We expect the teasers to ramp up in frequency over the next few months with an official unveiling likely to happen in early 2022.