Comparing the Chevrolet Silverado EV with Its Gas-Powered Sibling

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Comparing the Chevrolet Silverado EV with Its Gas-Powered Sibling

Rivian may have gotten a head start when it launched the R1T this fall, but the other domestic automakers are close behind in the battle for the burgeoning electric-pickup-truck market. Production is underway on the Hummer EV (now nestled under the GMC brand), the Ford F-150 Lightning is out this year, Tesla is still taking deposits for its wild-looking Cybertruck (although we don’t expect it for a long time)—and now Chevrolet has unveiled its challenger, the Silverado EV. While Chevy’s newest EV shares a name with the brand’s long-running pickup, the two trucks are drastically different.

When it comes to design, the Silverado EV is a clear departure from its gas-powered sibling. The large rectangular grille opening of the Silverado 1500 is replaced by a blank body panel and two smaller intakes for battery and electronics cooling. A thin LED light bar stretches across the front end, and the main headlight elements and front bumper are also entirely redesigned. Although the EV is similar in length and height to a traditional crew-cab, short-bed Silverado 1500, the connected bed and body and slanted C-pillar visually lengthen the EV. The EV also gains squared-off wheel arches, more stylized rear taillights, and flashy optional 24-inch wheels.

 

The interior is more organic and free-flowing than the boxy dashboard on the traditional Silverado and features an available 17.0-inch center display, up from 13.4 inches on the gas model. However, the digital gauge cluster is 1.3 inches smaller than the 12.3-inch unit in the gas truck. An optional fixed-glass roof creates an airy feel, and everything from the steering wheel to the air-conditioning vents has been rethought.

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

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