Chevrolet is jumping into the electric vehicle ring in a big way with the upcoming 2024 Chevy Silverado. Chevrolet developed its fully-electric truck on GM’s Ultium EV Platform, and it promises capability and performance. A potential EV truck competitor, the Bollinger B2, was supposed to burst on the scene in 2022. While it has been discontinued, for the time being, let’s see how the Bollinger B2 would’ve stood up against the electric vehicle version of the Chevrolet Silverado. So, how do these American full-sized electric pickups line up?
The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV – an all-electric version of the famous pickup
The release date of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is still several years away, but Chevrolet has released a lot of details. On Work Truck (WT) and RST models, General Motors (GM) expects an estimated range of 400 miles. The Silverado EV is expected to deliver up to 664 horsepower and 780 lb-ft of torque. It will offer plenty of electric power along with 10,000 pounds of towing capacity. Additionally, the RST model bumps it up to a 20,000 pound towing capacity with its long-range battery.
Many have noted the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV bears a striking resemblance to the Chevy Avalanche, but the company swears this is a coincidence. One popular feature from the Avalanche you’ll see is the MultiFlex Midgate, which separates the cab from the bed. It can be lowered to 60/40, which increases the bed length and still allows room for a rear-seat passenger.
The Chevy Silverado EV is set to debut with a WT model equipped with GM’s long-range battery in the spring of 2023. The full-size pickup is expected with a starting MSRP of $39,900. Later, in the fall of 2023, Chevrolet says it will release an RST First Edition model with an MSRP of $105,000. From there, the company will release the entire EV lineup at various price ranges from $50,000 to $80,000, depending on the customer’s needs.
The 2022 Bollinger B2 – a boxy competitor from an EV startup
According to Car and Driver, the 2022 Bollinger B2 features a sizeable electric power output of 614 horsepower and 688 lb-ft of torque. This battery power gives the B2 a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. Furthermore, it helps the electric truck achieve a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and a payload capacity of 5,001 pounds. As for charging and range capabilities, the Bollinger B2 is stated to have an estimated driving range of 200 miles and come with fast-charging capability (though no time estimates on charging have been released).
While not as powerful as the estimated specs of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, this positions the 2022 Bollinger B2 as a potent electric competitor and one with a unique boxy look to boot. However, there’s an unfortunate catch to this comparison.
Although it was widely anticipated by EV truck fans, Bollinger very recently decided to concentrate solely on the commercial market. To the disappointment of many, that means the 2022 Bollinger B2 (and the B1 SUV) are being discontinued. However, the company will use all the designs and patents from its original EV designs. According to MotorTrend, Bollinger began refunding customers’ deposits for the B1 and B2 on Jan.14, 2022.
Bollinger will focus on Class 3 to Class 6 electric commercial trucks from now on. This includes two-axle box trucks, school buses, and heavy-duty pickups based on Bollinger’s chassis-cab version of the B2 pickup. The company plans to offer multiple battery pack options and wheelbase lengths to allow fleets to customize the truck builds on what they need.
Comparing electric pickup trucks
Unfortunately, the Bollinger B2 won’t be available to the general public. This means it’ll be impossible for an official matchup against the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV and the 2022 Bollinger B2 in the future when final specification information is set in stone. However, there’s a good chance that Bollinger may change its mind and decide to release the B2 to the general public at a later date.
As for the Chevy Silverado EV, it will have plenty of electric truck competition upon its release, including the GMC Hummer EV. According to Car and Driver, the base Silverado EV WT model should have a range of between 250 and 300 miles. So, while the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV will be a late entry to the electric truck category once it arrives, we’ll see how it fares against more established entries from Ford, GMC, Rivian, and Tesla.