The Chevrolet Silverado EV represents the first swing by GM towards making EVs mainstream with the truck being tailored as a potent rival to the Ford F-150 Lightning. With such ambitious goals, it should come as no surprise that the truck has garnered its fair share of fans, with GM revealing that Silverado reservations have surpassed 110,000 units after originally selling out in less than 30 minutes.
Silverado Success Builds On Broader Growth
The Silverado's figures were part of GM's broader Q4 2021 earnings report which also pinpointed other strong areas of growth for the company.
Our next electric pickup will be the Chevrolet Silverado EV. More than 110,000 Silverado EVs are reserved so far, including reservations from more than 240 fleet operators, and the numbers keep growing.
That figure is even more impressive when you consider that Silverado reservations first opened on January 5th and the numbers so far represent a massive jump in demand in only a month's time. For now, the Silverado EV is limited to two trim levels a well-equipped RST First Edition model for the consumer market and a WT model that will initially be limited to fleet buyers only. The WT starts at $39,900 and allows the truck to also comply with GM's promise of offering a truck that would start under $40,000.
The RST First Edition follows the trend that we have seen in other inaugural EV truck offerings and arrives to the dance as a fully loaded offering. All of this standard equipment and performance also commands a hefty price tag with a base RST starting at $105,000.
Potent Performance and Capability
The Silverado EV is designed to be a perfect balance of capability and performance and that's reflected on some of the hardware that's on hand. With the WT being a fleet-focused special, the spotlight in raw numbers will shine brightly on the RST First Edition which uses three electric motors to produce 664 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The RST also comes with four-wheel steering and an adaptive air suspension.
The Silverado also stands out in capability with the truck bringing the novel mid-gate feature (once an Avalanche exclusive) back into the mainstream. The mid-gate acts as a built-in bed extender and can transform the backseat into an extension of the bed which allows the Silverado to haul longer items like wooden beams.
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