2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST: Monster Electric Truck With 664 HP and Towing Up To 10,000 Pounds
2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST
2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST – Chevrolet will be the latest brand to enter the electric pickup truck market when the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV arrives at dealerships.
The Silverado EV uses the Ultium battery pack like its GMC Hummer EV pickup cousin (Chevrolet and GMC are GM brands).
2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST
It looks like a modern old Avalanche pickup, including a potentially valuable midgate pass-through for longer cargo.
For the RST First Edition and Work Truck versions, Chevrolet estimates the Silverado EV will have a range of up to 400 miles on a full charge.
That would put it on the market, assuming no other manufacturer releases long-haul trucks before Chevy goes on sale.
The Silverado EV will be able to pull up to 10,000 pounds, with a payload of up to 1,300 pounds. It was built with the same “structural sandwich” approach as the GMC Hummer EV, with an independent front and rear suspension plus adaptive air suspension that allowed ride height to be raised or lowered by two inches.
The Silverado EV uses Watts Wide Open mode, allowing up to 664 horsepower with more than 780 lb-ft of torque from a two-motor system that propels the truck from 0-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
Fast charging up to 350 kw at 800 volts will put the electric Silverado in the upper echelons of rapid DC charging, allowing a distance recovery of about 100 miles in just 10 minutes.
There will be at least two battery packs for trucks, but information so far is still sparse about smaller batteries. Based on instructions from executives, estimate the primary battery can provide a range of more than 200 miles but no more than 300 miles.
The Silverado EV will take advantage of the Chevy Avalanche’s legacy, offering a “midgate” that can essentially borrow some cabin space to expand the bed.
The Silverado EV is roughly the same size as the gasoline version of the Silverado but does not follow the same proportions.
There is a shorter overhang at the front, and the front-end sculpture is specifically designed to push air around the sides of the body rather than under the hood.
And Chevy claims the Silverado EV WT will have one of the lowest drag coefficients of all total production.
2024 Chevy Silverado EV Design
By ditching the conventional frame for unibody construction, the design team moved the cover forward and downward, which it claimed could improve forward visibility.
The front overhang has also been shortened as the standard engine compartment area is no longer required.
No specific dimensions in this area have been revealed yet, but the cabin area has been extended by about six inches, most of which has switched to a more airy second row.
Although it has about the same overall length as a conventional crew cabin, using a unibody structure removes the front wall of the bed as well as the gap between the Cabin and the bed.
This allowed for a longer bed length that now stretches 5 feet, 11 inches, with the truck’s tub covered.
The Silverado EV is generally truck-shaped; it does not retain the sullen façade of today’s trucks. Instead, it shares more design language with current Chevrolet crossovers, including the Blazer and Trailblazer.
There is only a token grille on its face with minimal cooling requirements that are covered, just like in other EVs. The lighting is LED, and the RST gets a bow tie emblem with a backlight.
Sheet metal along the sides is chiseled for a muscular look that avoids the truck’s plate side view that may have been boring.
Bodywork where the rear of the cabin transitions to a bed is more vertical than the old Avalanche’s flying crutches, but the EV still utilizes an integrated structure for a little more style.
2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST Exterior
The Silverado EV evokes the Chevrolet Avalanche pickups of the 2000s and 2010s, with similar but more functional support extending from the Cabin to the top of the bedside.
There is no traditional grille, which allows Chevrolet to add lighting elements that stretch across the face of the Silverado EV from headlights to headlights.
The bed is just under 6 feet long with the middle door and rear tub closed, extending to more than 9 feet with the center door open and nearly 11 feet with the central entrance and rear tub open.
Chevrolet said the available tonneau cover will still allow the midgate to open, protecting longer loads from outdoor exposure.
Midgate glass is also removable and can be stored behind a 40/60 folding rear seat, although you’ll need to fold both sides down to keep the glass. Truck tubs are also available as configurable multiposition units.
2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST Interior
The Silverado EV RST First Edition will have a 17-inch touchscreen and an 11-inch configurable digital instrument panel.
The touchscreen will use GM’s new Ultifi operating system. WT gets an 11-inch touchscreen and an 8-inch digital gauge cluster.
The available glass roof should enhance the sense of spaciousness in the Cabin, which Chevy says should be slightly roomier than the Silverado 1500 gasoline.
GM said that the Silverado EV offers pretty good seating for those over six feet tall in the back seat.
Like the Hummer EV, the Silverado EV has some animation on a 17-inch central touchscreen infotainment screen, an 11-inch driver screen, and a head-up display that replaces the conventional array.
Silverado EV uses GM’s Ultifi software platform, enabling software updates and the possibility, along the way, of software-based feature enhancements.
The Midgate Multi-Flex increased the bed length from 5 feet to 11 to more than 9 feet when it opened. And with the addition of the Multi-Flex Tailgate, the load floor is raised to 10 feet, 10 inches.
Both are included in the RST First Edition and a tonneau cover with a fully lockable and weatherproof storage compartment.
Two versions of the Silverado EV will be offered—the complete RST First Edition and the fleet-oriented WT version.
The RST First Edition will be equipped with features, including a four-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension, and a so-called Multi-Flex Midgate. WT will not offer midgate.
Towing and Payload Capacity
According to Chevrolet, the RST First Edition should have a towing and payload capacity of 10,000 and 1,300 pounds.
There has been no word — and probably never will, at least in an official capacity — on what will be done if it reaches that capacity against truck range.
The Silverado EV Work Truck class will have a towing capacity of 8,000 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,200 pounds.
Still, Chevrolet said it plans to release a version of the WT with a maximum towing capacity of 20,000 pounds later.
Chevrolet says the Silverado EV will have up to 10 outlets, including 120 and 240 volts, providing a “total of 10.2 kW” of juice to power various tools and devices. It could also include other electric vehicles.
Battery and Charging
The 200 kWh battery is helpful to be able to drive a long-distance EV, and it also takes a long time to charge.
GM’s Ultium platform is based on a 400V electric architecture, but engineers have quickly found an intelligent solution to charge batteries.
Both layers of battery packs are treated as separate batteries to charge from an 800V, 350-kW charger. Each layer is filled in parallel at 400V and 175-kW. This allows for adding a range of up to 100 miles in 10 minutes.
One of the Silverado’s features from Ford was the onboard power take-off. Up to 10 outlets are available on e-Trunk, cabins, and beds with a capacity of 10.2 kW, slightly more than the Lightning’s 9.6 kW.
Like Ford, Chevrolet includes a 240V NEMA-14/50 outlet in the bed and a 120V range of home outlets. With accessory charging cables, the Silverado can even charge other EVs.
2024 Chevy Silverado EV Powertrain
Ultium battery pack and dual electric motor; up to 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque (Work Truck), or at least 664 hp and 780 pound-feet (RST Launch Edition)
2024 Chevy Silverado EV Competitors
Ford F-150 Lightning, GMC Hummer EV pickup and Sierra Denali EV, Rivian R1T
2024 Chevy Silverado EV Price and Release Date
The Silverado EV RST First Edition will arrive at dealerships in fall 2023, priced at $105,000.
The WT version will start at $39,900, but individual buyers may need to wait a while to buy it, as Chevrolet plans to sell early versions of the Silverado EV WTs to commercial buyers.
Over time, the plan is to fill the middle of the Silverado EV lineup with additional variants, including RST and Trail Boss, with prices ranging from $50,000 to $80,000.