Although Ford was not the first manufacturer to announce an all-electric large pickup, that credit goes to young automaker Rivian who showed off its R1T pickup in May 2018, nor will it be the first to bring one to market, the first R1T was built and delivered. to its owner in September, the announcement of the arrival of the Ford F-150 Lightning caused a stir for being a mass-produced electric pickup, in contrast to ’boutique trucks’ like the R1T itself, Tesla’s Cybertruck or the GMC Hummer EV . With a starting price of $ 39,974 for the heavy-duty Lightning Pro version, the F-150 Lightning was a game changer, which is confirmed by the more than 130,000 pre-orders it has accumulated thus far.
That is why it is not surprising that Chevrolet has already set a date for the debut of its Silverado EV electric pickup, which will take place at the CES 2022 Consumer Electronics Show in the city of Las Vegas in January next year. Chevrolet indicated that “the disclosure will take place during the keynote address delivered by the president and CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.”
The brand also confirmed that the retail versions of the electric Silverado will feature a fixed glass roof available for individually sold models, which the manufacturer says will offer “increased visibility, greater headroom and an improved spaciousness experience for the front and rear passengers ”. This is the first application of a fixed glass roof on a General Motors full-size pickup truck.
The Silverado EV will be powered by GM’s Ultium platform that also serves as the foundation for GMC Hummer EV models, and will be used in future GM electric models. Fleet versions and retail versions of the electric Silverado will offer options like four-wheel steering, which Chevrolet expects to be in high demand. Chevrolet also announced that the Silverado EV will offer customers an estimated range of more than 400 miles on a full charge.
This is all that is known at the moment, and although in the first week of 2022 we will have all the details of Chevrolet’s first electric pickup, the big question that this announcement leaves is that of why we will have to wait until 2024 to know Ram’s first electric pickup?