The Silverado line of full-size pickup trucks has undergone many changes, development, tweaks, and improvements in recent years, but none of that comes close to what you’re about to see with the all-new Chevrolet Silverado EV. These trucks have all the capability and versatility today’s discerning truck buyers demand from a full-size pickup, but the Silverado EV does it all with an all-electric powertrain that will emit no harmful emissions from the tailpipe as you drive around Yellowknife or anywhere else.
When the Silverado EV is launched, there will be two different models to choose from that show two entirely different sides of Chevrolet’s groundbreaking, first-ever, fully electric truck. One of the initial pairs will be an affordable WT version aimed primarily at fleets that’s also likely to appeal to a wide variety of enthusiastic first adopters. The other model will be an all-singing, all-dancing flagship model called the RST First Edition that’s designed to showcase just what this incredible vehicle built on GM’s all-new advanced Ultium EV Platform is capable of if your budget allows.
Forget any ideas, if you have them, of the Silverado being something of a novelty version of the gas and diesel-powered Silverado models. If you were to think such a thing, you couldn’t be more wrong. Most fossil-fuel-powered rivals will struggle to compete with even the entry-level WT version of the Silverado EV, as its electric powertrain delivers a sensational 510 horsepower and an equally impressive 615 lb.-ft. of torque. But even that appears relatively modest when you discover that the RST First Edition is even more powerful with its 664 horsepower and more than 780 lb.-ft. of torque.
Range anxiety is an EV talking point you won’t have to worry about with Chevy’s first all-electric pickup truck as the Silverado EV gives up to 640 kilometers of driving range on a full charge of the battery. Recharging isn’t an issue either, as the truck’s cutting-edge DC fast charging capability of up to 350 kW can put 160 kilometers of driving range into the battery in just 10 minutes, based on GM’s current estimates.
After the range and the recharging, perhaps the most important numbers you need to know with this and any truck is how much it can tow and haul. The Silverado EV in its WT form will be rated to tow a maximum of 8,000 pounds, and its payload rating is 1,200 pounds. Regarding RST versions, the maximum trailer rating increases by 2,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds, and the payload rating increases to 1,300 pounds. There will be those who that still won’t be enough for, but the good news is Chevrolet is already dealing with that with an upcoming fleet model capable of towing as much as 20,000 pounds when equipped with the available max tow package.
One area where the RST will leave just about every other production pickup truck behind is with speed away from the line because it will be capable of getting to 100 kph from a standing start in less than 4.5 seconds.
Plenty of manufacturers claim that their latest new vehicle is going to set new standards in its segment or even completely redefine that segment, but to say such things about the Chevrolet Silverado EV would actually be something of an understatement. There’s so much more than we can say here to learn and know about this incredibly exciting new truck, so why not come to Yellowknife Motors here at 360 Old Airport Road, Yellowknife, NWT, or give us a call at 867-766-5000 to register your interest and we’ll be more than happy tell you all you need to know.