GM has been riding high on the EV wave and the results are quite intriguing. The upcoming GMC Hummer EV has opened up the aperture of interest for the audience, however, the big announcement comes in the form of the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV.
The Silverado 1500 EV can be referred to as the stepping stone for Chevrolet on its promise of eliminating IC engines by 2035. The Silverado EV will be manufactured at Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. This plant also oversees the manufacturing process of the new Hummer EV.
GM CEO Mary Barra announced that the 2023 Silverado EV will make its first public appearance on January 5, 2022, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Along with this declaration, Chevy also published a small teaser image that showcases the new truck’s glass roof. The company claims that this glass roof will be segment-leading in terms of visibility and headroom.
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The orthodox IC engine pickup trucks have been perceived to be of the essential essence. However, new entrants such as the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, and of course the Ford F-150 Lightning have seen a pretty warm response from the public, and Chevy surely does want a piece of this cake.
Though there have been no official details regarding the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV’s specs, we suspect that it will share its powertrain with the Hummer, as it is being built on the same assembly line. With that said, expect the Silverado EV to offer a range of electric powertrains, single and dual motors - which would result in different range and power output setups.
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If these speculations turn out to be true, expect the Silverado EV to offer as high as 1000 hp in its range-topping model with 3 electric motors. The Silverado EV should also get an electric AWD drivetrain, while Chevy has already confirmed (as shown in a teaser video) that it will have a four-wheel steering system and 24-inch wheels.
Speaking of the Silverado EV’s range and charging time, the pickup will underpin GM’s novel Ultium battery technology which claims to offer better energy efficiency and density. As of now, GM is claiming that the Silverado 1500 EV will offer a range of up to 400 miles on a single charge. However, these figures are bound to vary under towing and payload conditions.
No other information has been revealed by the company as of now. However, we suspect the Silverado EV will feature a similar lineup model as the currently outgoing Silverado and will offer a low-cost work truck variant for the fleet buyers, and higher-priced luxury models. The Silverado EV is expected to go on sale as a 2023 model, with bookings set to start by mid-2022. Expect the Silverado EV’s price to range from $48,000 to $75,000.