On June 30, as if to answer the fans’ curiosity, photos showing the original appearance of the electric pickup circulated. General Motors (GM) itself released photos of the prototype used when they tested the new EV candidate at the company’s special test area, Milford Proving Grounds.
CEO of GM, Mary Barra, said that the prototype will begin testing on public roads around Michigan, United States next month.
Spotted – a @Chevrolet Silverado #EV being put through its paces at the @GM Milford Proving Ground. Looking forward to seeing your photos of these trucks in the wild when they start testing on Detroit streets next month! pic.twitter.com/AUJRcmmXoY
— Mary Barra (@mtbarra) June 30, 2022
However, the Silverado EV pick-up here only looks to have an unpainted black body, smaller wheels and tires than the teaser, and a lot of unfinished design such as the headlights, taillights, and fenders that surround the body which certainly shows. This car is for testing purposes only.
Even so, this Chevy Silverado EV looks identical to the teaser that was unveiled earlier this year, meaning the futuristic design of the Silverado EV will actually make its way to the production line.
The truck shown in the image is a model for 2024, with first deliveries of the model starting in September 2023. The Silverado EV truck uses GM’s Ultium battery platform and claims an estimated range of 400 miles. DC fast charging capability will also be standard in every trim. This certainly shows the advantage of the biggest competitor of the Silverado truck, namely the Ford F-150 Lighting which currently offers a maximum mileage of 320 miles.
Chevrolet also says the full-size pickup will offer a towing capacity of up to 10,000 pounds. The electric Silverado is also expected to retail in the United States with prices starting at around $42,000 for the base WT trim, and around $107,000 for the top RST trim. In comparison to its competitors, the Ford F Lightning starts at $41,769 in the base trim and $92,669 in the top trim.
As the Hummer EV shares the same platform as this Silverado EV, Chevy did a lot of the initial testing digitally, which is why we only saw a production prototype a year before launch.
In terms of design, the Chevy Silverado Electric looks different from the current petrol-powered version. This 2024 version has narrower headlights and a new front grille.