As Chevy Silverado EV Charges after Ford F-150 Lightning, How They Compare

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As Chevy Silverado EV Charges after Ford F-150 Lightning, How They Compare

Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning will have been on sale for a year before Chevy’s new Silverado EV arrives. Ram says it will tag along a year after that with the electric version of its full-size pickup. These electric pickup’s gas-powered counterparts are their respective brand’s bestsellers, and they hope to continue the success in the growing field of electric pickups.

Range is the all important number when it comes to electric vehicles, and, although the EPA’s estimates of either truck have not yet been announced, both automakers have made claims. The Chevy Silverado is targeting up to 400 miles of range from its available 200-kWh Ultium battery pack, while Ford says the F-150 Lightning will offer up to 300 miles of range with its 131.0-kWh Extended Range battery and 230 miles with the 98.0-kWh Standard Range pack. Both electric trucks can offload energy to power a house and even other EVs. The Silverado will provide 10.2 kilowatts while the F-150 Lightning can provide 9.6 kilowatts.

Towing is also imperative, and both of these electric trucks can tow up to 10,000 pounds. However, Chevy says that a future Silverado EV variant will be able to tow up to 20,000 pounds, putting it in heavy duty territory (a diesel Silverado 3500HD is max rated at 36,000 pounds). Nonetheless, based on our recent EV towing test, we’d wager that towing anywhere near these trucks’ max towing ratings will likely cut the range numbers stated above more than half. Something the Silverado offers but the Lightning doesn’t is a midgate that can be lowered in a 60/40 split to lengthen the bed.

 

For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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