The Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV will compete against each other just like their gas-powered models. The F-150 Lighting comes in four trim options and every trim is equipped with two electric motors and AWD as standard. The Chevrolet Silverado EV will be offered with dual-motor configuration and AWD as standard. The Ford F-150 Lightning is scheduled to enter production in spring 2022 while the Silverado EV will be available in the U.S by spring 2023.

The Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV are the next-generation pickup trucks. Both the pickup trucks will offer superior power delivery, interior space, towing and payload capacities to cater to varied needs of truck customers. The Ford F-150 Lightning will hit the production line in spring 2022. The Chevrolet Silverado EV WT will be available in the U.S market by spring 2023 while the performance-oriented RST trim will be available by fall 2023. 

Model and Technical Specifications 

Ford F-150 Lightning 

Chevrolet Silverado EV

Release Date

Released (production starts in spring 2022)

Availability of most trims by spring 2023 and RST trim by fall 2023.

Price 

$39,974 (starting price of Pro trim)

$39,900 and $105,000 (starting price for WT and RST trims)

Engine 

Dual electric motors 

Dual electric motors 

Power Output

426 Horsepower and 563 Horsepower 

510 Horsepower and 660 Horsepower (Wide Open Watts mode)

Transmission

Single-speed automatic 

Single-speed automatic 

Drivetrain 

AWD

AWD

Battery Capacity 

98 KWh and 131 KWh (Extended Range)

TBD

Range 

230 miles and 300 miles 

Up to 400 miles (GM-estimated range)

Trims

Pro, XLT, Lariat and Platinum

WT, RST, Trail Boss, TBD

Changes

All new model 

All-new model 

Engine and Performance 

The Ford F-150 Lightning trims are powered by two electric motors and come with AWD only. With the standard range battery packs, the dual-electric motor setup offers a combined output of 426 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. The trims equipped with larger extended range battery packs offer 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. The standard range trims can tow up to 7,700 pounds and their payload capacity is around 2,000 pounds. The extended range models can tow up to 10,000 pounds but their payload capacity is limited to just 1,800 pounds. 

Initially, the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV will be available in two trim configurations only, WT and RST First Edition. The 2024 Silverado EV WT will be equipped with dual-motor configuration, offering 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque. The Silverado WT model will offer 8,000 pounds of towing capacity and 1,200 pounds of payload capacity. However, Chevrolet claims that the Silverado WT fleet models will tow up to 20,000 pounds with available towing equipment. The Silverado RST will offer up to 660 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque in Wide Open Watts mode for boosted performance. 


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Interior 

The Ford F-150 Lightning features a practical interior layout with clean dashboard design and is equipped with a 12.0-inch vertical touchscreen display as standard. The Lariat and Platinum models are equipped with a larger 15.0-inch display. Some features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Navigation and WiFi hotspot are standard. However, Ford will offer an optional Bang and Olufsen premium audio system with 8-speakers on the Lariat trim and with 18-speakers on the Platinum trim for enhanced output and it is recommended for audiophiles. 

The Silverado EV RST is a no-compromise trim and will feature all the modern amenities that one would expect in a futuristic electric pickup truck. Some features like 17-inch infotainment screen and 11-inch digital instrument console along with Head Up Display (FOV over 14-inches) will offer driver convenience. The infotainment system will run on Ultifi for faster OTA updates and will support Google Assistant and some Google apps. The exact interior features of other Silverado EV trims are not known but we assume they will be very similar to the F-150 Lightning. 

Pricing and Verdict 

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning comes in four different trim options: Pro, XLT, Lariat and Platinum. The starting price of the above-mentioned trims are $39,974, $52,974, $67,474 and $91,874 respectively, excluding destination and handling. The XLT and Lariat trims with extended range battery packs start at an MSRP of $72,474 and $77,474 respectively. 

The starting price of the Chevrolet Silverado EV WT will be around $39,900 while the top-of-the-line Silverado EV RST First Edition will cost $105,000, excluding freight charges. The F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV aims to capture the electric truck segment and we’ll have a clear winner once both the trucks are available in the market.


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