Chevy is bringing new meaning to the term “electric vehicle” with their all-new 2024 Chevy Silverado EV. Thanks to this new innovation, the days of electric models only being presented as small, casual commuter cars are over. GM’s new Ultium Platform makes it so that the classic Silverado capability that we all know and love can be achieved through an all-electric engine. A 400-mile drive range and a 10,000-pound tow capacity create a perfect balance never seen before𑁋power and fuel efficiency can now coexist.
While power and fuel efficiency alone are appealing, the new Silverado EV offers plenty of space and storage options as well. For example, drivers gain customizable front-row storage compartments, an eTrunk that seals and locks, and up to 10 feet of storage from front to back (depending on trim and configuration). You can balance your passenger to cargo ratio thanks to 40/60 second-row seating and truck bed space.
Two of the most important aspects that truck buyers look for are performance and space. While the Silverado EV offers the best of these two specs, plus fuel efficiency, Chevy also adds a great deal of technology to this model. From semi-autonomous driving all the way to an 11-inch driver information display, it’s safe to say that what we once viewed as the “future” has arrived 𑁋 and while no one’s flying cars quite yet, the Silverado brings forth possibilities we once thought impossible.
There are several expected tech features on this model and a few unique ones. First, drivers get a head-up display that spans up to 14 inches. This technology displays important specs (such as speed and mileage) directly onto the windshield. As a result, drivers can focus more on the road and less on the dashboard.
Passengers can enjoy the large, 17-inch infotainment screen that houses important stats such as battery life, safety features settings and controls, and much more. This is also where passengers can access streaming features, audio settings, connectivity, and more.
The Silverado EV’s “hands-free start” feature is a unique, new technology that is even more advanced than “push-to-start” systems. Rather than needing to turn a key or push a button, the Silverado EV will automatically start on its own when you sit in the driver’s seat. For safety reasons, hands-free start only works if you have an enabling device on hand.
Chevy also adds a new application called Ultifi, a program made with Linux that separates the software and hardware of the truck. This is a GM-exclusive system that provides access to software vehicle updates via cloud services. Rather than having to wait for physical hardware updates at the dealership, drivers can rely on the cloud, accessing automatic updates as they become available.
Finally, GM’s Super Cruise feature is standard on the RST First Edition trim. This semi-autonomous driving feature works on over 200,000 miles of roadways across North America. While you still must stay alert while using this feature, Super Cruise allows for automatic acceleration, braking, and lane-centering. Thanks to this feature, drivers can even keep an automatic and safe distance between themselves and the vehicle ahead.
Unless you’re already accustomed to electric vehicles (and you’re likely not if you’re a fan of the classic Silverado), you likely have doubts about a “tow-capable” electric truck. How much can this model tow and haul? Is it powerful enough to pull the fishing boat, or does it just look cool? The good news is that this model isn’t a weak yet fuel-efficient version of the classic Silverado. Here’s why.
The Silverado EV’s power is not hindered by its electric battery and optimal fuel efficiency. In fact, the e4WD ensures that the Silverado EV tackles mud, snow, and ice, while its max 10,000-pound tow capacity keeps right up with other 1500-level pickup trucks. The Silverado EV can out-tow many gasoline-powered vehicles, given that many pickup trucks fall into the same towing range. For example, a base-level 2022 Silverado maxes out at 9,500 pounds, giving the Silverado EV RST a 500-pound edge on towing. Thanks to 664 horsepower and 780 pound-feet of torque, the Silverado EV’s Utilum battery can take both you and your cargo far.
This new model is haul-capable as well. The Silverado EV’s bed can haul up to 1,300 pounds and includes Chevy’s Multi-Flex features. While the Multi-Flex Midgate is standard, allowing for cargo expansion, the classic Multi-Flex Tailgate is available as an add-on option. This gives drivers room for further tailgate extension options such as tailgate load stops.
The new Silverado EV includes the following towing technologies:
Chevy’s semi-autonomous driving feature, known as Super Cruise, now works with towing as well. When you’re hauling a trailer, you can still depend on Super Cruise to handle acceleration and braking for you (as long as you keep your eyes on the road).
Back in 2020, GM released information about its new, Ultium EV battery packs. These batteries are designed to be safer and better for the environment yet more efficient than the EV battery packs before them. In the beginning, the goal was to make battery packs that could haul GM vehicles up to 400 miles or more; several years later, that’s exactly what’s been accomplished with the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV.
On a full charge, the Silverado EV can go as long as 400 miles. Since charging is made easy with standard DC Fast Charging capability or at-home charging options, keeping the Silverado on the road is convenient. Those who are concerned with travel can depend on public DC Public Fast Charging stations to stay on the road without cutting into travel time. Thanks to the DC Fast-Charging system, you can charge up to 100 miles in as little as 10 minutes.
Regarding battery location, the Ultium battery stays hidden and won’t interfere with cargo or passenger space. Overall, the Silverado EV’s Ultium technology allows for power, eco-friendliness, and convenience, all in one.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado EV is only available in a Crew Cab option, allowing for the most available space and best battery efficiency. Add in the Multi-Flex Tailgate and utilize the Multi-Flex Midgate to reach up to 10 feet and 10 inches of cargo bed length while still allowing for plenty of rear passenger space. In fact, even passengers who are taller than 6 feet will still have plenty of space in the Silverado EV’s rear seat.
The Multi-Flex Midgate comes at no additional cost to buyers and allows for up to 9 feet of storage. Without the Multi-Flex Midgate in use, the bed still allows for almost 6 feet of cargo length. This allows drivers to haul longer items safely. Plus, stock tonneau cover options are available for purchase if you plan on hauling delicate cargo. When the tailgate is closed, and flex gates are not in use, the 2024 Silverado EV’s bed length maxes out at 5 feet and 11 inches. Additionally, the unibody design also creates a wider field of vision as the EV has a shorter front end.