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Chevy Silverado EV: Charging Forward To A Future Where 200 Kilowatt Hour (kWh) Battery Packs Become The Standard For Electric Vehicles

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV WT (work truck) marks a groundbreaking milestone as the first traditional work pickup truck equipped with a 200-kilowatt-hour battery pack, a battery-pack size that is projected to be standard on many electric vehicles by 2030, especially pick-up trucks and larger sized SUVs.

As Battery Costs Decline, EV Pick-Up Trucks Become More Interesting

Debuting in late 2023, initially for fleet buyers. the Silverado EV relies on battery technology similar to the GMC Hummer EV, the first electric vehicle boasting a battery capacity exceeding 200 kWh. However, in contrast to the Hummer's luxury appeal, the Silverado EV is designed for rugged work tasks and environments.

GM's decision to launch the Silverado EV is an important step forward. As the costs of lithium-ion batteries decline, the electric powered version of the Silverado is poised to leave a lasting imprint on the U.S. automotive landscape, particularly within the popular pickup truck segment of market.

In 2023, pickups dominated the list of the top ten best-selling vehicles in the U.S., with the Ford F Series (1st), Chevy Silverado (2nd), Dodge Ram (3rd), and GMC Sierra (7th). Notably, Ford has also introduced an electric pick-up, the Ford F-150 Lightning, featuring a 131-kWh battery pack. The Tesla Model Y was the only electric vehicle to secure a spot in the top ten, ranking 5th overall.

Massive Power and A Versatile Generator

Key specifications include:

  • Peak Power Capacity: 375 HP (510 kW)

  • Zero to 60: 4.5 seconds

  • Driving Range: 400 miles

  • Towing Capacity: 10,000 pounds

  • Maximum Charging Speed: 350 kWh

  • Outlets: Six 120V outlets; One 240V outlet

The Silverado EV's integrated mobile power system is especially impressive. It can serve as a generator at job sites, delivering a maximum power output of 7.2 kW. This is enough power to effectively run electrical power tools during operations.

Long Range 200 Kilowatt Hour Battery Packs Will Be Standard By 2030

The increase in battery pack sizes can be attributed to innovations in lithium-ion battery technology, facilitating the production of packs that deliver a trifecta of significant advantages: reduced weight, diminished space requirements, and lower costs per watt.

"While the introduction of the first electric vehicles with 200-kWh battery packs is incredible, by 2030, 200-kWh battery packs will be standard in many new electric vehicles." - Stuart Rodnick, WCE


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