Chevy's New Silverado Will Escalate the Pickup Truck Wars

A new version of the Silverado is on its way, and it may be the most surprising one yet.

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The once-seemingly-insane-sounding electric pickup wars are about to heat up, with Ford's F-150 EV, Rivian's R1T, GMC's Hummer EV SUT, the Tesla Cybertruck and niche endeavors like the Bollinger B1 and Lordstown Endurance all in the pipeline for the next few years. Of course, General Motors isn't one to let its competitors steal market share away, especially in the hyper-competitive truck categories — so it wasn't much of a surprise that, on Tuesday, Chevrolet officially announced it is joining the fray with an electric version of their iconic Silverado.

Chevy wasn't expansive with the details, but there were some interesting tidbits to be found. The Silverado will be "designed from the ground up" to be an electric vehicle on GM's new EV platform. It will be built alongside GM's other EVs at their Factory Zero complex in the Detroit area. That's a different tack from Ford, which appear to have the EV sharing the line with the hybrid F-150. That could work to Ford's advantage in the immediate term with reduced upfront costs and customer appeal, but leave GM with more flexibility in the long term, particularly if EV costs come down.

Chevrolet also says that at least the top-trim electric Silverado will deliver "more than 400 miles of range on a full charge," which appears to be the limit of GM's Ultium EV platform. That would be enough range to compete with pretty much any EV inside or outside the truck segment (though, admittedly, still no match for the bladder-busting range of some internal combustion-powered full-size trucks).

No date was given for the Silverado's arrival. The Detroit News cites an industry forecaster, LMC Automotive, as predicting a late 2022 start for the electric Silverado. with a GMC-branded counterpart arriving in mid-2023. We also don't know how much the Silverado EV will cost, but given that the Hummer EV trucks will start at $80,000, we're guessing the Chevy will slide in below that.


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