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General Motors' mega-powerful electric truck will take on big-selling new Ford F-150 Lightning in the US

Chevrolet has revealed an electric variant of its hugely popular Silverado pick-up truck ahead of sales starting in 2023.

The Silverado EV has been developed as an EV from the ground up and is largely unrelated to the existing combustion-engined truck.

Built on General Motors' Ultium EV platform, it has a claimed range of 400 miles - 100 miles more than the extended-range variant of the Ford F-150 Lightning, its biggest competitor. 

The battery pack – which can be specified up to 200kWh capacity – features 120V and 240V charging as well as DC public fast-charging capability. 

The dual-motor four-wheel-drive powertrain supplies more than 660bhp and more than 780lb ft of torque, allowing for a 0-60mph time of under 4.5sec. 

The Silverado EV RST has a maximum towing capacity of 10,000lb (4536kg) - the same as the F-150 Lightning. However, Chevrolet has promised that a future Silverado EV WT will have a towing capacity of 20,000lbs (9072kg).

The Silverado EV features a ‘Multi-Flex Tailgate’ with six different functions to assist loading and unloading. A Multi-Flex Midgate, meanwhile, allows long items to be laid across the loadbed and into the rear of the cab.

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The standard load bed, with the midgate and tailgate remaining shut, can fit items up to 1.8 metres long. A sizable boot can be found underneath the bonnet at the front of the car.

Four-wheel steering and parking assist aim to help make the Silverado EV easier to handle in tight spaces and Chevrolet’s Super Cruise system allows for hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads across the US and Canada. 

The Silverado EV also features four-corner adaptive air suspension, which automatically adjusts itself to offer smoother rides, while also allowing the driver to adjust the height of the vehicle. 

Inside, a 17in infotainment touchscreen with Google connectivity dominates the dashboard.

Pricing is estimated to start at $39,900 (£29,568). That's the same price as for the standard F-150 Lightning, although for the Ford to reach just 300 miles of range, you need to spend $74,169 on the higher-spec XLT model with the optional $19,500 (£14,415) Extended Range Battery.

Neither truck will be coming to the UK. 

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Grenze2000 15 February 2022
Makes a change to the low spec electric eurobox hatch/crossovers on offer here in Europe. Hopefully the platforms and tech behind these pickups will will eventually filter down to Uk/European models
Jeremy 6 January 2022

"Neither truck will be coming to the UK" Thank god for that!

WelshAL 6 January 2022
Hugely popular? Not here.

Not coming to the UK? What's the point in the article then?