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CHEVROLET SILVERADO EV UPDATE: WORK TRUCK RECENTLY UNDERGOES TOWING TEST

Nearly 90 Percent Of All Reservation Holders Intend To Tow With The Electric Truck

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Chief Engineer Nichole Kraatz Towing Test Video

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Truck is coming up on its final lap of its development cycle before it reaches the garages of fleet customers later this fall. With that in mind, the engineering team is busy living with these electric trucks day in and day out, validating them in the real world outside of the controlled confines of the GM Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.

Recently, Silverado EV Chief Engineer Nichole Kraatz concluded a 7,700-pound trailer towing test and lived to tell the tale. Because not only are electric trucks safe, they can tow things, too. An essential task considering that 87 percent of all Chevrolet Silverado EV reservation holders signaled that they intend to tow things, based on a GM customer survey.

The 2024 Silverado EV WT shares many of the baseline features with the RST but without the headlining numbers. Built off GM’s advanced Ultium EV Platform already employed beneath the GMC Hummer EV, the Silverado EV WT offers 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque and promises an estimated 400-mile range from a full charge.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV WT Work Truck Electric Pickup Video Testing  Prototype
Image via Chevrolet.

Eventually, the Chevrolet Silverado EV WT is expected to offer a max tow package sometime after launch which will bump the trailing figure up to 20,000 pounds max towing. Which is pretty incredible for an electric truck.

In a similar fashion to Ford’s ProPower Onboard, the Chevrolet Silverado EV WT will offer an available PowerBase power bar charging system. The kit will offer up to 10 outlets and provide a total of 10.2kW of onboard power for work or recreational needs, including powering your home via bi-directional charging. A perfect setup for a California, a state known for its extreme EV policies and rolling energy blackouts. Fun!

The Chevrolet Silverado EV will be offered exclusively in Crew Cab models equipped with a 71-inch bed. Without an engine under the hood, the space between the front and rear seats could be expanded by elongating the cab both forward and rearward. And because there’s just one body style, the Silverado EV comes with a mid-gate partition that opens up the truck bed to the cabin, allowing for the truck to swallow nearly 12 feet of object. The same feature will be found in the upcoming GMC Sierra EV.

Eventually, a retail version of the Chevrolet Silverado EV WT will become available to customers, and will carry an MSRP of $39,000 USD. Granted, that’s the price they told us a year ago, Chevy’s affirmed that they will stay firm on the price, which is now about $15,000 less than a Ford F-150 Lightning.

How will Stellantis answer things with the Ram Revolution EV truck that will debut at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show tomorrow? Watch this space for more.

2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV Electric Pickup Truck production GM Factory Zero Orion Assembly Hamtramck Detroit
Image via Chevrolet

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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