Chevrolet has raised the curtain on its long-awaited battery-electric pickup truck. The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV is the General Motors brand’s first battery-electric pickup truck. Unlike the electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning that is based on the regular F Series platform, the electric Silverado rides on a dedicated battery-electric platform shared with the off-road-oriented 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup and future GMC Sierra EV.
In addition to this in-house competition, the Silverado EV will enter a field with rapidly growing competition. Startup Rivian motors delivered its first battery-electric pickup to a customer late last year, and an electric Ram 1500 is promised by 2024.
But the electric Chevy truck's most important rival is almost certainly Ford's F-150 Lightning. This time, Ford got the jump on Chevy, unveiling its electric truck first, building it first, and likely delivering it to customers as much as two years before Chevrolet.
What is new?
The Lightning takes a different styling approach with its traditional look and utility of the internal combustion engine (ICE) F-150 sibling. Though the Lightning sports an LED-festooned front fascia different from the ICE-powered F-150, the two have essentially the same proportions. The same can’t be said of the 2024 Silverado EV. It looks radically different than any other Silverado—closer to the Avalanche pickup Chevy sold from 2001 through 2013.
The Silverado EV lacks a traditional grille, which has the effect of making its nose more understated than the brash look of the ICE-powered 2022 Silverado 1500. A steeply raked front windshield allows for more cabin space. Under the sloped hood sits a front trunk with an available power-opening lid. Thick slanted rear pillars frame the bed and allow more cabin space than a traditional truck.
A 4-door/5-passenger configuration is the only one offered. The rear cargo bed is 5.9 feet long. That’s relatively short but longer than that of the F-150 Lightning. Should you need to carry long objects, though, the Silverado EV revives another feature from the Avalanche—a mid-gate allows the rear section to lower and the rear seats to fold down, with a 60/40 split, to create more cargo room.
Inside, what you get will depend heavily on which trim level you buy. The spartan Silverado EV Work Truck (WT) skips most of the frills, which is meant chiefly for fleet buyers. But the RST model aimed at personal-use buyers includes a 17-inch touchscreen that controls climate and entertainment. It sits close to an 11-inch configurable screen in front of the driver so that the two look like one wide screen.
What is the same?
Like its electric GMC siblings, Chevrolet says the new Silverado EV harnesses the power of the Ultium Platform, which is the foundation of GM’s battery-electric-vehicle strategy.
Using similar hardware and technology as the 2022 Hummer EV pickup, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV WT will launch with a 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque version. The WT will also provide up to 8,000 pounds of towing and 1,200 lb of payload. The RST ups those numbers to 10,000 and 1,300, respectively.
After the initial launch, Chevrolet will introduce a fleet model with up to a 20,000-lb trailer rating with a tow package.
Chevrolet estimates a 640-kilometre driving range on a full charge with the WT and RST trims. The RST will get up to 660 hp and more than 780 lb-ft of torque. Wide Open Watts Mode on the RST enables a GM-estimated 0-96 kilometres per hour time of fewer than 4.5 seconds.
From a charging standpoint, up to 350 kilowatts (kW) DC fast charging is standard on WT and RST trims, with 10.2 kW of offboard power for plug-in power tools.
When will it go on sale?
The only trim available for 2024 is the Silverado EV RST First Edition. If you are interested, you are too late; it has already been sold out.
How much will it cost?
If you are not one of the buyers who already snatched up one of the $119,948 (in Canadian dollars) RST First Editions, Chevrolet will add you to a waiting list for the 2025 WT and RST trims that start at $52,448, scheduled to be delivered to customers in spring 2024.