Chevrolet Silverado EV updated EPA range blasts past F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T competition
The upcoming 2024 Chevrolet Silverado has recently received its EPA range rating, and the updated figures put it ahead of all of its competition for range (via InsideEVs). The EPA-rated range for the Silverado EV Work Truck is an astounding 450 miles, while the Silverado EV RST comes in at 400 miles. So far, the Rivian R1T is the only vehicle that holds a candle to the Silverado EV WT, and even that's more than 100 miles off at 328 miles of range. For the record, Ford's best showing in the F-150 Lightning puts out 320 miles of range.
Granted, the Silverado EV WT is destined for fleets, rather than private buyers, but even the Silverado EV SRT beats out its closest competition by over 70 miles. While EPA range estimates are not the be-all and end-all of electric vehicle range — some vehicles fall short of their range claims by as much as 20%, while others exceed them by upwards of 30% — it gives us an indication of what will come when Chevrolet's first electric pickup truck lands later this year.
Chevrolet attributes its impressive range figures at least in part to aerodynamics, claiming the Silverado EV is estimated to have "one of the the lowest drag coefficients of any production full-size pickup truck." It will be interesting to see how the Silverado's impressive range impacts its sales, especially considering its late arrival. The Ford F-150 Lightning will have already been available for two years when the Silverado launches, and the Rivian R1T landed late in 2021.
Tesla famously claims the Tesla Cybertruck will have up to 500 miles of range, but an EPA estimate on that model is yet to land, despite an imminent early 2024 expected release. If the boxy body of the Cybertruck is capable of this range feat, makers like Chevrolet, Ford, and Rivian might have a much harder time selling their electric pickups, despite the Cybertruck's divisive looks.
Chevrolet has more up its sleeve than long legs, though. The Silverado EV is set to arrive with 350 kW DC fast charging to add up to 100 miles of range in ten minutes, and it will have 10.2 kW of vehicle-to-load power delivery with an included adapter. Chevrolet has also opted to include eAWD with four-wheel steering and adaptive air suspension for off-road and load-bearing performance. In terms of power, the Silverado EV RST will deliver up to 785 lb-ft of torque and 754 hp, driving the electric pickup truck to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
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InsideEVs (1, 2), Chevrolet, Car and Driver