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Chevy Silverado EV WT gets boost in range to 450 miles, $40k price increase


Coming in much higher than expected, the Chevy Silverado EV WT will get an EPA-estimated range of 450 miles — with an extended-range battery pack. That’s nearly 100 miles more than the closest competitor. But along with that you’ll see a $40k price increase.

What is the Chevy Silverado EV WT?

The Chevy Silverado EV WT is the work truck version of the all-electric Silverado and was announced with 400 miles of range. However, Chevy engineers say it will now reach 450 miles of range with an extended-range battery pack. The base WT with the standard-range battery will get 350 miles of range.

The best a Ford F-150 Lightning can muster is 320 miles of range, while the yet-to-be-released Ram Rev and Tesla Cybertruck are expected to reach 500 miles of range in higher trims.

Like all Silverado EVs, it has a crew cab configuration with a short bed although there is a pass through to allow for bigger items like the defunct Chevy Avalanche.

It is projected to have 510 horsepower and 615 pound-feet of torque with 8,000 pounds of maxing towing. Depending on the options, it could have 1,200 pounds of payload.

For charging, it will handle public DC fast charging capabilities of up to 350kW enabling approximately 100 miles of range to be added in 10 minutes based on GM estimates. You can also charge it at home or overnight at your business with 220 volt and 110 volt options.

In addition, Chevy says the Silverado EV WT will arrive with two range specs for fleet buyers:

  • At launch (spring): the Silverado EV WT will be available with an EPA-estimated 450 miles of range with a full charge.
  • Soon after launch: the Silverado EV WT will be available with a GM-estimated 350 miles of range on a full charge.

Chevy is still planning on launching a work truck in the spring of 2023.  This fall, they start production of the Silverado EV RST First Edition for retail customers.

The Silverado EV will be assembled with domestically and globally-sourced parts at GM’s Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center — a facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to EV production.

Pricing starts at $39,995 with a yet to be revealed destination fee — but this is for the standard-range battery vehicle. If you opt for the 450-mile range truck, according to Muscle Cars & Trucks, you’re looking at $77,905, excluding destination.

The bottom line

With the lackluster results from the Ford F-150 Lightning for range, this is really interesting news from Chevy. This range, without towing mind you, is getting closer to a gas truck range and we are getting closer to parity on that part of the electric vs. gas debate.

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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