At the CES technology show in Las Vegas, General Motors (GM) revealed two models of its highly anticipated 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV: a basic work truck starting at US$39,900 ($50,784) and a fully loaded, first edition luxury model priced at US$105,000 ($133,650).
During the virtual keynote, GM announced that the work truck will be the first truck offered to fleet buyers in spring of 2023, and will be closely followed by the RST limited first edition model in the fall. “It will offer a revolutionary mix of capability, performance, safety, flexibility and design that catapults this electric truck for both fleet and retail customers into a category of its own,” shared GM CEO Mary Barra.
The highly anticipated Silverado EV RST will offer up to 664 horsepower and more than 780 lb-ft of torque. The limited edition model can also reportedly accelerate 0-to-60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds, while offering features such as hands-free driving, four-wheel steering, and 24-inch wheels.The RST will also feature a Multi-Flex Midgate, transforming the 5-foot-11 bed into a full 9 feet of cargo space when opened.
The WT version will have 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque, with up to 8,000 pounds of towing and 1,200 pounds of payload. After launch, there will be a fleet version offered with 20,000 pounds of trailer load, with the appropriate package.
The trucks are ground-up EVs, built on GM’s Ultium EV platform, and will be offered only in Crew Cab format. They will also feature up to 10.2kW of offboard power with optional equipment. Both models boast a full range of more than 400 miles (644 kilometres), and can charge up to 160 km in approximately 10 minutes via DC fast-chargers.
“As we wind the calendar forward, trucks will continue to be a franchise player and that means all of the volume and share and profitability,” GM North America President Steve Carlisle said in an interview with CNBC. “The goal is to grow the company as we go through this transition; not to keep it flat or shrink it, so trucks need to play an outsized role in all of that.”
The reveal of these exciting new models aligns with GM’s promise to fully transition to electric vehicles by 2035. The Silverado EV will be built at GM’s Factory Zero, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, a facility repurposed and retooled with a US$2.2-billion investment devoted to EV production. More trim levels will be available after these two trucks are released.