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The Electric Chevy BET Truck is Finally Joining the Party

GM is currently being a little sneaky by teasing us about the new electric Chevy truck that’s on the way. The Chevrolet EV is a little behind competitors, but better late than never, right? Maybe. That depends on how the Ford F-150 EV and other rivals perform. 

The Chevy BET truck is on the way 

During a General Motors video conference, you could see a Chevy BET pickup truck sitting toward the back of the stage in the shadows. So, unfortunately, it was hard to get a good look at it. 

This mystery Chevrolet truck has narrow headlights and massive wheel hubs, but that’s about all we know. Also, hopefully, it will be an affordable option. The GMC Hummer EV is a luxurious option that starts around $112,595. That’s incredibly steep for a work truck. 

designer's sketch of upcoming Chevy Silverado EV pickup
Designer’s sketch of upcoming Chevy Silverado EV pickup | Chevy

We also hope that the Chevy battery-electric truck (BET) will be better than the Hummer EV. The highest trim level of the Hummer EV has a 350-mile range, while the highest trim level of the Tesla Cybertruck will have a 500-mile range. 

According to Electrek, General Motors confirmed that the Chevy BET truck will be a full-size truck with over 400 miles of range on a single charge. So, that’s pretty exciting. It will also be an entry-level option in the market. 

What do we know about the Chevy BET? 

While information surrounding this new truck is low, we have a few clues to go on. The BET will be similar to the Chevy Silverado. This is sort of following in the Ford F-150 EV’s footsteps because it still looks like the Ford F-150 but has a few modern updates to the grille, including a horizontal LED light bar. 

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We don’t think the Chevy EV will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph like the GMC Hummer EV, but it still should be pretty powerful. The Ford F-150 EV will be the most powerful F-150 ever, so Chevy should follow suit. 

The BET will be built on the BT1 platform, which is named after the T1 platform of the Silverado and Sierra. This could mean that the two architectures are related. Mark Reuss, GM President, mentioned that it will have a truck-specific platform with a skateboard-like chassis to integrate batteries and e-motors.

Notice how he said motor(s) instead of motor. This clues us into the fact that the truck could have two or three motors, enabling it to match the power of rivals. 

Electric Chevy EV power 

Also, Level 2 and DC fast-charging have been confirmed for vehicles with Ultium Batteries. Meaning the new Chevy EV could gain over 100 miles of range in about 10 minutes, which is pretty exciting. 

A blue 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 driving on a road with a mountain range in the background
The 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 in action | Chevrolet

The Ultimum battery family features high-nickel content and low-cobalt content with capacities that range from 50 to 200 kWh. With a full-size pickup truck, there should be plenty of room for the largest battery pack to provide the most power. 

There will also be room for the truck to be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. We expect the Chevy BET to have off-roading capabilities like competitors, but unfortunately, a timeline for this new truck hasn’t been revealed yet. We have to wait and see.