2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Brings Thunder to Ford's F-150 Lightning

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV was unveiled via video conference at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) today. General Motors

The Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T have a new competitor. The electric version of the Chevy Silverado, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV, debuted virtually at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) as part of General Motors CEO Mary Barra's keynote address.

Sporting a smooth face, Chevrolet Avalanche-like sail panels, and bulbous cladding, the new truck is completely Silverado and fully electric vehicle. It will only be sold as a Crew Cab model.

The traditional, Silverado grille has been covered by fascia that houses an illuminated version of the Bowtie emblem in front of a single, width-spanning headlight. Additional lights flank the grille area with fascia typical of the traditionally powered Silverado below.

Chevrolet will sell the Silverado EV in numerous trim levels. The company showed RST and teased Trail Boss versions during the reveal. Chevy is addressing the needs of its commercial customers with the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV WT.

2024 Silverado EV RST and WT versions of the truck will be available at launch, as well as a First Edition version. A fleet version of the truck with 20,000 pounds of trailering capability and a max tow package is promised at a later date.

As shown in the RST trim, the Silverado EV features a black A-pillar that leads to a black roof over the truck's blue body. Black side mirror matches clacking and sail fins while the trucks' door handles match the body color. Twenty-four-inch wheels are available.

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The RST version of the truck also gets a fixed glass roof, 5-foot-11-inch bed, and Multi-Flex Midgate (allowing 9 feet of storage between the cab and tailgate when open, like what was on the Chevrolet Avalanche). With the available Multi-Flex Tailgate, that storage space is extended to 10 feet.

A weatherproof, lockable tonneau cover is available.

The Silverado EV RST has front and rear drive motors that enable electronic four-wheel drive (e4WD) and four-wheel steering. The truck's available adaptive air suspension can raise and lower the vehicle a total of 2 inches.

Silverado EV RST and WT come with Tow/Haul drive mode, trailer hitch provisions, an integrated trailer brake controller, and Hitch Guidance technology. The Silverado EV RST also gets Chevy's Advanced Trailering System.

The truck is built on GM's Ultium platform rather than that used by gasoline and diesel-powered Silverados. This allows for up to a 24-module Ultium battery pack. Silverado EV RST and WT will have a General Motors-estimated 400-mile all-electric range.

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The car's Ultium battery will enable Silverado EV RST drivers to have access to up to 664 horsepower and more than 780 pound-feet of torque when Wide Open Watts Mode is activated. That power boost will move the truck from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.

Silverado EV WT buyers get access to 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque.

The Silverado EV RST and WT come standard with DC fast charging capability at a rate of up to 350 kilowatts (kW). GM estimates that the trucks can add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes of charging.

Like the F-150 Lightning, Silverado EV is capable of electric vehicle-to-electric vehicle charging.

Drivers can use Energy Assist route mapping via the truck's navigation system to enable them to plan a route that is both efficient and includes charging locations.

Buyers can upgrade their models to include up to 10.2kW of off-board power on RST and WT models. This is similar to Ford's Pro Power OnBoard technology and tech founding the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.

Silverado EV RST will be capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds and have a maximum payload of 1,300 pounds. Silverado EV WT offers 8,000 pounds of towing capacity and 1,200 pounds of payload hauling capability.

The interior of the truck includes some handy innovations. Second-row seats are able to be pushed rearward to add more legroom for passengers. The first row storage space is customizable. Silverado EV RST's console has enough space for a 7-gallon cooler.

The Chevy truck's eTrunk (front trunk) is a lockable, weatherproof compartment that has enough space to fit a large suitcase.

A 17-inch infotainment screen, 11-inch gauge cluster, 14-inch head-up display come in the Silverado EV RST. The model's owners get a 3D animation on the infotainment screen that welcomes them as they enter the vehicle.

Hands-free vehicle start is enabled in the truck. The Silverado EV is ready to go when shifted into drive or reverse thanks to phone- and fob-as key technology.

Silverado EV First Edition models get four-wheel steering, an adaptive air suspension, Multi-Flex Midgate (similar to what the Chevrolet Avalanche had), Multi-Flex Tailgate, 17-inch infotainment screen, 11-inch gauge cluster, 14-inch head-up display and Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

Chevrolet will assembled the truck at GM's Factory Zero, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, in Michigan.

Further information about the Silverado EV WT will come in spring 2023. MSRP for that model starts at $39,900.

Several other Silverado EV trucks are expected to debut at a later date with promised price points in the $50,000, $60,000, $70,000, and $80,000 range.

Fall 2023 will welcome the Silverado EV RST First Edition. It is listed on the high end of the Silverado spectrum at $105,000 plus applicable destination and handling fees.