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The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Is a Versatile Electric Pickup With 400 Miles of Range

It won’t be the first mainstream electric pickup truck on the market. Still, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas brings some impressive tech to the table.

Unlike the upcoming Ford F-150 Lightning, an electric version of the gas-fueled pickup currently on sale, the Silverado EV shares little more than a name and a 3-box pickup truck profile with its gas (and diesel) sibling. Instead, the Silverado EV rides on a dedicated electric vehicle platform, allowing Chevy to add a roster of tech to its feature set.

Optional equipment will include an adaptive air suspension and a four-wheel steering system, plus a cargo space-expanding section between the 5-foot-11 bed and the “Midgate” cab like the setup on the discontinued Chevrolet Avalanche.

The dedicated EV platform underneath the truck, which Chevy parent General Motors (GM) calls “Ultium,” means the Silverado EV rides on a fully independent suspension rather than a separate ladder frame with a solid rear axle suspended by leaf springs. That scalable architecture will underpin an entire generation of GM products, ranging from the GMC Hummer electric pickup and SUV to a host of smaller SUVs.

Chevy will offer two power levels at first: a 510-horsepower truck using the WT (or “Work Truck”) trim-level moniker, followed shortly by a 664-hp version called “RST First Edition.” Presumably, other models will fill the gap between those two.

Chevy estimates a 400-mile range on a full charge regardless of powerplant, punting the Silverado EV ahead of the 300-mile F-150 Lightning.

Inside, both trucks feature a car-like dash with twin displays. The WT may be aimed at commercial users, but its cabin is still equipped with power features, dual-zone automatic climate control, and plenty of USB ports.

RST versions up the ante with a 17.0-inch widescreen central display plus a 14.0-inch instrument cluster and a head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield.

Before mandatory destination charges, the Silverado WT will start at $39,000 (a smidge below the Ford F-150 Lightning), while the RST will top $105,000. Chevy promises more trim levels will fill that massive gap, including an off-road-oriented Trail Boss model. See Chevrolet Silverado models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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