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In this Friday livestream, Publisher Tim Esterdahl and Managing Editor Jill Ciminillo let the secret out on the next truck coming to the channel for a long-term review and then discuss the myriad of electric-truck cold-weather issues making the rounds on the internet.

Kicking off the discussion, Esterdahl shows a video from the Kelley Automotive Group in Fort Wayne, Indiana, showing off the new truck. It will be a 2023 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the High Country trim package, a 3.0-liter inline-six LZ0 diesel engine in a dark ash metallic exterior color.

This new truck will replace the 2022 Toyota Tundra we’ve been covering for the past year, which replaced the 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost from the year prior.

Esterdahl will drive this truck home next week and use it throughout the next year to see how it holds up.

Electric truck cold-weather concerns

Next, Ciminillo and Esterdahl discuss the various electric truck cold-weather issues in the Ford F-150 Lightning and GMC Hummer EV. Also, there was some discussion on how much winter range loss some new Lightning owners are experiencing with several of the extended range, 320 mile truck owners, stating they are seeing range drop to 150 miles.

Ciminillo shared her story of having the Ford Lightning and running into an issue with a message stating she needed to plug it in due to the cold temps but being unable to do so with her house in the city. It won’t fit in her garage and she can’t really run an extension cord across the sidewalk into the street.

This discussion was followed by answering viewer questions, including the controversial idea from General Motors to spin off the Corvette name into its own sub brand complete with an SUV. No surprise, there was a lot to say about that.

Esterdahl and Ciminillo do weekly livestreams on YouTube, which are projected out to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. They alternate between Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. EST, so be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow them on social media for the upcoming live episode timing and topics. You can also catch the episode as a podcast on all your favorite podcasting software — just search for Pickup Truck + SUV Talk.


Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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