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The 2024 Silverado EV WT impresses with a 450-mile vary and excellent towing

I hope you like grey.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck is, effectively, a piece truck. Apart from the spectacular Ultima EV powertrain, there’s nothing spectacular about this truck. The seats have handbook changes; the LCD management screens are small with enormous bezels. All the pieces is grey, from the dashboard to the seats to the wheel fenders. There are not any chrome accents or automated driving options. The Silverado EV WT is fundamental in each means, however the worth and vary: $77,905 and 450 miles on a cost.

In different phrases, it’s excellent. Chevrolet’s Work Truck bundle is designed for patrons who imagine much less is extra — fewer frills, extra payments.

Chevy has lengthy supplied the work truck bundle as an choice to its pickups. It’s designed for many who need to get the job accomplished with out shopping for additional options. On this pickup, meaning patrons are telling Chevy to simply give them an electrical powertrain, a number of seats and a 5-foot, 11-inch mattress. I like it.

Earlier than testing the truck, my primary concern was its towing capabilities (which we’ll get to shortly). Nevertheless, I discovered the whole lot else to be greater than succesful and ample, which was reassuring. The driving expertise was nice, with ample energy and a sturdy experience. The truck’s inside is practical and simple.

The $77,905 beginning worth could also be too costly for some as a result of its fundamental inside options. As compared, a Chevy V8 work truck with related options begins at $49,000. In the meantime, Ford’s EV work truck begins at $59,000, however presents a shorter truck mattress and fewer electrical vary in comparison with the Chevy.

Nuts and bolts

I lately spent the morning driving the Silverado EV WT by way of tree-lined farm roads in decrease Michigan. Just a few issues have been instantly obvious. The truck is heavy. You’ll be able to really feel it in how the physique sways and rolls round curves. The big battery pack sits underneath the passenger compartment. The battery drops the normal heart of gravity decrease than an ICE pickup. This improves the experience and dealing with over typical pickups that usually jerk and skitter when not carrying a load.

I threw it into corners, and the truck remained comparatively flat. The truck stayed planted because it rounded site visitors circles and freeway on-ramps. Even when stomping on the electrical fuel, the Silverado EV remained degree as a substitute of rearing up and squatting on the rear tires. The lengthy and huge battery offers the truck an excellent weight distribution and makes it really feel extra sturdy than an ICE pickup.

It’s value noting that the Silverado EV has a coil spring suspension on the again as a substitute of leaf springs. Such a suspension often gives higher dealing with each on and off-road, and it has been applied superbly within the Silverado. Whereas coil spring suspensions have been present in Ram vans for a while and extra lately, in Toyotas, GM and Ford have traditionally used leaf springs. At the very least, of their gas-powered vans.

The Silverado EV truck is fast sufficient, however gained’t beat a Lightning or the Cybertruck (which has but to enter manufacturing) in a drag race. Regardless of having 615 pound-feet of torque and 510 hp on faucet, the truck doesn’t launch off the road. The upcoming Silverado EV RST variant must be extra spectacular if pace is your factor. Chevy beforehand claimed the RST model, with 780 lb.-ft. of torque and 665 HP will dash to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds in a so-called WOW mode (Broad Open Watts).

Let’s speak about towing

Towing is the place this car stands other than its fuel counterparts. The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck is rated to tow 10,000 kilos, which is on par with different light-duty gas-powered pickups.

After spending a morning pulling a 6,000-pound trailer, I can attest the pickup presents a critical benefit over an inside combustion-powered light-duty truck. At pace, the pickup simply tows a trailer. However at gradual speeds — say backing a trailer into a good spot — the EV work truck effortlessly maneuvers due to the electrical motor’s on the spot torque. I tow loads of trailers, and that is the primary time I’ve had a light-duty pickup really feel this good at low-speed maneuvering (extra on towing later).

There’s a draw back. The electrical vary takes a major hit when towing. Chevy estimates the vary drops 50% when towing 5,000 lbs. If the motive force connects a trailer or engages tow mode, the dashboard battery degree routinely drops by 50% and adjusts on the fly to mirror the real-world situations. Are you pulling lower than 5,000 lbs? The battery degree may drain slower than anticipated, whereas towing extra may lead to a sooner discount.

Throughout my quick towing check, I discovered the vary estimate correct. Chevy offered me with a two-axle trailer holding a big John Deere tractor. I jumped within the driver’s seat and hit the street. The truck was a lot slower off the road with the load on the again. Once I put the pedal to the ground, the truck acquired to hurry promptly with out feeling prefer it was straining. My 2016 Ford F-150 3.5l EcoBoost would have been screaming underneath the identical check, and it’s rated to tow greater than 12,000 lbs.

The truck simply cruised across the two-lane farm roads with the trailer related. Towing at pace was uneventful and virtually the identical as another light-duty pickup. The additional weight on the hitch induced the truck to bob and sway, however much less so than if I pulled it in my gas-powered truck. Then I pulled right into a parking zone and was immediately impressed.

Backing up a trailer is a cautious balancing act of throttle management. An excessive amount of energy, and the trailer can shortly get off track. Too little, and the trailer doesn’t transfer in any respect. Fashionable pickups usually depend on turbos to help the engine. With a turbo, a lot of the energy is just obtainable at larger engine speeds, which implies it presents little help when maneuvering a trailer at low speeds. However not in an EV. The electrical motors present on the spot entry to a substantial quantity of torque.

I’ve by no means felt a light-duty pickup transfer a trailer just like the Silverado EV WT. Backing up the loaded trailer was easy. The truck moved the heavy trailer as easily at 5 mph because it did at 50 mph, identical to a high-power, heavy-duty pickup.

I whipped the trailer by way of a brief sequence of maneuvers, which might usually lead to a chilly sweat and cussing. Not on this truck. The EV powertrain made backing up the trailer simple and painless. I pulled out of the parking zone wide-eyed and impressed.

Towing may very well be the function that convinces some ICE truck house owners to change to EVs. Some house owners, like these pulling campers to faraway places, would possibly scoff on the EV vary. The efficient vary with a camper drops from 450 miles to round 225 miles. However for these truck house owners who keep native, like landscapers or municipal staff, the 225-mile vary with a trailer may very well be greater than sufficient.

Within the truck

The inside is boring and drab. The sprint is grey. The seats are grey. The carpet is grey. All the pieces is constructed from plasticky materials. Chevy engineers put it this fashion: Designers picked supplies that mirror how the truck will probably be used. Meaning they used low cost and sturdy materials, and that’s okay. It will get the job accomplished and appears simple to scrub.

The truck has two screens, identical to the dearer Silverado EV fashions. The screens within the work truck trim are smaller, although they nonetheless include the identical content material. The driving force’s display is customizable and options a number of totally different modes relying on how a lot info the motive force desires. The middle display consists of media and navigation controls; local weather controls are fortunately bodily buttons underneath the display.

Clients who need heated seats, a sunroof, or superior driver help options will need to skip this work truck trim and as a substitute look ahead to the Silverado EV.

And not using a fuel engine within the entrance, Chevy engineers prolonged the passenger compartment and pushed the sprint and entrance seat ahead. I couldn’t inform as the motive force, however once I tried the backseat, the additional room was evident and appreciated. Crew cab pickups at all times provide ample backseat legroom, however the legroom on the Silverado EV is excessive. I’m 5’10” and will practically stretch my legs out.

The seats on the work truck trim are handbook and have restricted changes. Occupants can solely slide the seat and tilt the again; there’s no strategy to alter the peak or lumbar assist. Even nonetheless, I discovered the motive force’s place to supply a commanding seating place with loads of visibility and headroom.

The truck presents loads of cupboard space. The entrance gives a lockable, watertight compartment, and the rear seat folds up, increasing the inside cupboard space. The mattress is 5 toes, 11 inches. That’s 11 inches longer than the Ford Lightning and 17 inches longer than the Rivian R1T. On the higher-level Silverado trims, house owners can take away the panel between the mattress and inside cabin for much more room (assume the outdated Chevy Avalanche truck).

Energy shops are positioned within the truck mattress: 4 120 V shops and one 240 V outlet. Chevy has but to announce the dimensions of the battery. Estimates put it round 200 kWh, and Chevy engineers inform me the shops assist excessive amperage necessities usually discovered on massive saws, kettles, and house heaters. They are saying the battery can energy a house for as much as 21 days.

Last Ideas

The Silverado EV Work Truck is spectacular. This truck is pretty much as good as its fuel counterparts in most respects, however in some methods, it’s considerably higher. When you tow with an EV, a gas-powered truck feels inferior.

The value is hard. With a $77,950 beginning worth, it’s an costly car and pushes the definition of the time period “work truck.” To me, a piece truck is an affordable and succesful truck. The 100,000 reservations which might be being transformed into buy orders for the truck means that lots of people are comfy with the value.

After driving the WT variant, I’m excited to attempt the remainder of the Silverado choices. Later this 12 months, the $105,000 RST First Version launches. That model sports activities bigger tires, extra energy and quite a few creature comforts. The off-roading Path Boss mannequin will come out in late 2024 and will provide critical off-roading capabilities on the electrical platform.

I’m a truck man and may’t see myself driving something however a pickup. The Rivian R1T is a implausible truck however too small for my wants. The Ford Lightning carefully matches my pickup, nevertheless it wants extra electrical vary and an extended truck mattress.

This truck has considerably extra vary and utility than its opponents, although it’s seemingly priced larger than many shoppers can afford, even within the Work Truck trim. The one factor giving me pause is the value. The Silverado EV is the one pickup I’d commerce for my gas-powered truck.



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