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The Chevrolet Silverado is one of the best-selling trucks in the US, it ranks second in what the US market calls Light Trucks, surpassed only by Ford's F-series range, which is quite extensive and includes all sizes in their tally. With an amazing amount of 519,774 Chevrolet Silverados sold in the States, you can rest assured that the electric version of such a popular truck would be as good as it could possibly be. It’s already a tough job to market electric vehicles to the stereotypical truck owners who love eight cylinders, boost and diesel clouds, so the all-electric version of the truck that’s been used for generations simply couldn't have anything wrong with it. It had to be better than the best Silverado to date, and we think GM has nailed it. This all-electric Silverado ticks all the right boxes, it leaves nothing wanting in any department that we can see here at SXdrv.

The all-new Silverado EV was designed from the ground up using GM’s new the Ultium Platform, the company’s electric solution for future electric vehicles. In the case of the Silverado EV, the truck is afforded a guestimated full charge range of an impressive 400 miles. That electric power is equivalent to 493 kW (660 hp) with torque available up at a monstrous 1 058 Nm. Even on something as sizeable as the Silverado is able to pick up and run with ridiculous pace, the 0-100 km/h dash looks set to measure in at the 4.5-seconds mark. That’s high-powered sports car performance in something you can haul loads with and take off road when you have the urge. Being an EV, there’s plenty electronic on board, well there’s only electronics throughout the entire truck really, and when upgrades are needed and vehicle personalisation need doing, GM’s new Ultifi software platform comes into play to allow seamless delivery of changes as well as exciting apps and pushed software updates.

The Silverado EV is easy to charge a home with an available 240-volt Level 2 charging system for optimal at-home charging, with 120-volt Level 1 being a backup option. The time varies of course, but either way you charge the Silverado EV, you should expect that GM-estimated range of up to 400 miles on a full charge. Should you be away from home, there’s that network of more than 43 000 public charging stations as well as the myChevrolet Mobile App with Energy Assist to help plan your route, find charging stations, and more. Said drive in the EV truck stays smooth with an available Four-Corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension that allows comfortable gliding over everything by automatically adjusting to the road conditions. The ride height is also set with this system so when offroad the truck can manage the roughest terrain. There’s also four-wheel steering to help make the sizeable truck more manoeuvrable in tight spaces.

The proper pricing is still to be announced, and when it does get announced it will likely vary a lot thanks to the long list of options and accessories that will be available for the Silverado EV. We do know the plan is to launch with a recommended retail price of around $40 000, which when directly converted lands up as around R635 000. That’s an awesome price if that’s the case because that’s around the price of our own “big” trucks. Of course once the government has claimed their pound of flesh, we’re sure these trucks would be over R1 mil. Not that we’ll get them locally, sadly.

Take a look at the YouTube video about the amazing, futuristic-looking all-electric Chevrolet Silverado that's the latest addition to the EV truck market in the US, below: The First-Ever All-Electric Silverado – Powered by Ultium | Chevrolet

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