With much fanfare, the 2024 Chevy Silverado RST all-electric pickup truck was revealed today at the virtual CES Show. It was announced that reservations will open today. With as quickly as the GMC Hummer EV sold out, which the Silverado EV is based on, if you want one you better sign up soon. Prices for the RST version start at a whopping $106,695.
What are some of the highlights of the Silverado RST?
Besides the 400-mile range, the Silverado EV will also come with GM’s Super Cruise driver-assist technology. It is also able to gain 100 miles of range in less than 10 minutes with a DC fast charge.
A cheaper fleet version will be available first in the spring of 2023. The RST won’t be available until the end of 2023 as a 2024 model. Chevy’s fleet electric truck will start at $41,595. Ultimately, there will be a full range of trims priced between $50,000 and $80,000.
The Silverado RST launch is crucial to GM
According to GM CEO Mary Barra, the 2024 Silverado EV is a crucial launch for the automaker. GM has said it wants to lead the industry in vehicle electrification and has an ambitious plan for doing that. It has announced that through 2025 it will launch 30 new EVs and invest $35 billion in electric technology. And its entire lineup will offer an electric version by 2035.
“Chevrolet has constantly revolutionized the Silverado franchise to make it the powerhouse it is today,” Chevy Vice President Steve Hill said today. “The Ultium platform is a critical enabler of next-level pickup truck performance for both fleet and retail customers, whether they are currently driving a Silverado or are considering a pickup for the first time.”
Both Ford and Rivian have a headstart on Chevy
GM is behind in offering an electric version of its pickup trucks as both Rivian and Ford introduced theirs first. And Ford has over 200,000 reservations for its Lightning EV F-150 pickup. Since first opening reservations, Ford has revised its production plans to increase output two different times.
Interestingly, all of the sheet metal is unique to the Silverado EV. Forever both Chevy and GMC trucks have shared many, if not all, exterior stampings. Though the inner structures are both the same, what you see on the outside is unique between the two trucks.
Look ma, no grille
And while the Hummer was designed with a grille, for the Chevy version no such design element was used. There is a secondary grille lower in the fascia, but body-color sheet metal carries around from the front fenders where a grille would normally be. It easily identifies this as an electric truck. And it makes for a more aerodynamic truck.
Power comes from GM’s Ultium electric platform developed in conjunction with LG Energy Solution. With the versatility engineered into the platform, there will be many more versions of this in the coming years.
To reserve your 2024 Silverado RST, you can visit the Chevy reservation site.