2023 Chevy Silverado EV LaGrange

2023 Chevy Silverado EV LaGrange

Chevrolet has finally introduced an all-electric truck! Yes, that’s right. It is a truck built for the future.

The EV (electric vehicle) name is from the two electric motors that power up this vehicle. It has the same motor as the Hummer EV. And because it’s a fully electric truck, there is additional trunk space (the E-trunk) under the car’s hood where the engine would typically be for its previous generation.

The Chevy Silverado 2023 EV is a 5-passenger Silverado truck that can haul a payload of 1200lb to 1300 lb set on 10ft 10 inches of the load floor. In addition, all the trim levels in its lineup offer a four-wheel drive configuration with the new E-4WD.

For this generation of Silverado trucks, General Motors will be offering it in crew cab models. To accommodate the budgets, needs, and tastes of Chevrolet truck users, the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV truck comes in three trim levels.

Let’s have a look at the three trims.

1. The WT Trim

2023 Chevy Silverado EV WT Trim

The Work Truck or WT is the basic trim of the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV truck weighing 5,290 lb. It is also the cheapest trim level of the EV Chevy. The WT trim is available only as a fleet-only purpose truck. And even though this is the basic trim in this lineup, it features some cool features such as;

  • 400 miles range on the new electric system
  • Quick charging – 100 miles range for 10-minute charging at a DC charging station.
  • 510 Horsepower with 615 lb-ft of torque
  • A 10-speed automatic transmission
  • New 4-wheel steering system
  • Independent rear suspension
  • A towing capacity of 8,000 pounds
  • Payload of 1200 lb
  • All-terrain tires
  • Maximum ride height of 78.66 inches
  • Ground clearance of 10.7 inches
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Optional massive 24-inch aluminum alloy rims

2. The Trail Boss Trim

2023 Chevy Silverado EV Trail Boss Trim

This is the EV Chevy truck’s mid-range level weighing 5,290 lb and has additional features to the WT trim. Unlike the WT trim, the Silverado EV is for individual consumers and not a commercial-only truck.

The WT trim level has the following features;

  • 400 miles of range on the new electric system
  • Quick charging – 100 miles range for 10-minute charging at a DC charging station.
  • 510 Horsepower with 615 lb-ft of torque
  • A 10-speed automatic transmission
  • New 4-wheel steering system
  • Independent rear suspension
  • A towing capacity of 8,000 pounds
  • Payload of 1200 lb
  • All-terrain tires
  • Maximum ride height of 78.66 inches
  • Ground clearance of 10.7 inches
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Optional massive 24-inch aluminum alloy rims

3. The RST Trim

2023 Chevy Silverado EV RST Trim

This is the highest trim level, weighing 6,800 lb. It is also the most expensive of the other three Chevy Silverado EV trim levels. This is because it has additional features and capabilities. For example, it features a more sporty appearance and exterior accents.

It offers a combined mixture of luxury and performance. The Chevy Silverado EV RST trim has the following features;

  • 400 miles of range on the new electric system
  • Quick charging – 100 miles range for 10-minute charging at a DC charging station.
  • 664 Horsepower with 780 lb-ft of torque
  • A 10-speed automatic transmission
  • New 4-wheel steering system
  • Independent rear suspension
  • A towing capacity of 10,000 pounds
  • Payload of 1300 lb
  • All-terrain tires
  • Maximum ride height of 75.5 inches
  • Ground clearance of 7.9 inches
  • Adaptive air suspension
  • Optional massive 24-inch aluminum alloy rims

2023 Chevy Silverado EV Exterior

General Motors have designed the Chevy Silverado EV exterior for maximum functional flexibility to meet the off-road requirements. For example, the front-end design efficiently directs air down the body side through its design, significantly reducing drag and turbulence.

This model also has a new Ultium facelift that features a shorter overhang. It gives the Silverado EV an aggressive stance while giving a more expansive view of the road from the driver’s seat and an enhanced forward-down vision.

The Silverado EV offers a panoramic fixed glass roof that filters sun rays and provides the people seated in the cabin with an open view of the environment.

Other exterior features of the 2023 Chevy Silverado include;

  • Color matched front and rear bumpers
  • New LED headlights,
  • 360 degrees camera system mounted on the side mirrors. Side mirrors also have blind spot monitoring.
  • Passive entry system.
  • Cab length running boards
  • Led accent tail lamp with incandescent reverse bulb
  • Second generation tailgate with multiflex capabilities
  • A weatherproof e-trunk at the front of the truck

The 2023 Chevy Silverado EV Interior

Compared with the older generations of Chevy Silverado, the cabin space has retained its passenger space.

The front row of seats gets 44.5 inches of legroom and 43.0 inches of headroom, while the rear row of seats gets 43.4 inches of legroom and 40.1 inches of headroom. This means that a 6ft person can comfortably sit in the back row of seats.

Other interior features of the Silverado EV include;

  • An increased storage bin between the dashboard and middle armrest. Chevy has done this by opting for a column stalk shifter instead of the console shifter.
  • A digital dashboard
  • 11-inch infotainment touchscreen system on the WT trim and a massive 17-inch infotainment touchscreen on the RST trim.
  • HD surround vision
  • A luxury leather interior and carpeted flooring.

Additional Features on the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV

The Chevy Silverado EV does not lose its Silverado DNA; it comes packed with the convenient technology Ultifi that serves its loyal fans. Here are a few of these features.

  • The standard Chevrolet Safety Assist package
    • The safety alert seat that vibrates according to the direction of a potential crash
    • A forward collision alert
    • An automatic Emergency Breaking System
    •  Pedestrian detection braking
    • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning system
    • Rear cross-traffic braking to avoid rear collisions
  • An intelligent headlight control (Intellibeam) that turns the vehicle’s high beam according to surrounding traffic conditions.
  • Adaptive cruise control system and the hands-free super cruise system on the RST trim
  • HD Surround Vision to assist in parking
  • Apple car play
  • Built-in android auto smartphone integration system with Google assist features like Google Maps, google play and Google Assistant.

Performance of the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV

Power Delivery

This Chevy truck performs reasonably well on its two electric motors, especially the RST trim that makes a decent 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The Wide Open Watts drive mode enables the utilization of the EVs electric motor to full capacity.

On all trims of the Silverado EV, the batteries are charged with DC and can accommodate fast charging of up to 350 kilowatts. The Silverado EV truck also provides a power-based charging system that offers ten outlets to give a combined power output of 10.2 kilowatts for all your electric power needs at home or campsite. RST trim allows for EV to EV charging.

Weight Towing

The Silverado EV truck has an impressive towing capacity of 8,000 lb to 10,000 lb depending on the trim level. The 660 hp/780 lb-ft of torque engine provides the necessary power to haul the vehicle’s weight and onboard cargo while still towing.

Off-Road Capabilities

The 2023 Chevy Silverado EV has retained the sturdy frame of the Silverado name tag, making off-roading possible. With a ground clearance of up to 10.7 inches, the Silverado EV is a worthy contender in its class when facing rough roads.

In addition, the adaptive air suspension that comes with the RST trim also helps to increase ground clearance by 2 inches.

The all-weather tires that come standard also distinguish it as an off-road truck.

Head-To-Head Comparison With the 2022 Model

2022 vs 2023 Chevy Silverado

Features 2023 Chevy Silverado EV – WT Trim 2023 Chevy Silverado EV – Trail Boss Trim 2023 Chevy Silverado EV – RST Trim The 2022 Chevy Silverado
Engine 510 hp/615 lb-ft of torque 510 hp/615 lb-ft of torque 660 hp/780 lb-ft of torque 6.2L V8 with 420 hp/460 lb-ft of torque
Power Mechanism EV motor EV motor EV motor EV motor
Transmission 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic 10-Speed Automatic
Drive Configuration 4WD 4WD 4WD 4WD
Weight 5,010 lb 5,290 lb 6,800 lb 4960 lb
Maximum Height 78.66 inches 78.66 inches 75.5 inches 78.66 inches
Towing Capacity 8,000 lb 8,000 lb 10,000 lb 13,300 lb
Payload 1,200 lb 1,200 lb 1,300 lb 1,480 lb
Ground Clearance 10.7 inches 10.7 inches 7.9 inches 10.7 inches

Embrace the Future With the All-New 2023 Chevy Silverado

This truck still offers the familiar off-roading capabilities for a fully electric vehicle like towing, hauling, and being all-terrain hardy. The Chevy Silverado EV provides all this while being energy efficient and functional.

General Motors promises to bring more trim levels to the lineup to further spruce up the 2023 Chevy Silverado EV. Chevy truck lovers will love this one.

FAQs

How Much Does the All-Electric Silverado Cost?

The 2023 Chevy Silverado EV price depends on the trim level of the truck. The Work Truck (WT) retail starting price is $39,900, the Trail Boss is $51,100, and the RST price is $55,200. With the introduction of new trim levels, the price could reach $80,000.

Can the Silverado EV Be Flat Towed?

Unfortunately, the Silverado EV can’t be flat towed because of its electric motor system. You risk damaging the truck more if you do this.

When you flat tow a vehicle, you need to set it in neutral but electric cars have no gearbox hence no neutral. In addition, when you flat tow the Silverado EV truck, all four wheels will be spinning, and it may damage the AWD drive system of the vehicle, causing you to incur more repair costs on your EV unit.

Your best bet would be to place the vehicle on a flatbed truck and carry it to a verified Chevy repair shop.

How Big Is the Silverado EV Battery?

The Silverado EV battery features a 200 kWh Ultium Lithium-ion battery with dual permanent magnet motors. It is designed by General Motors Ultium power technology. This is quite a big battery considering that most electric cars have 40 kWh to 100 kWh batteries.

It also means that the Silverado EV truck can match the power of its previous gas-powered generation trucks.

Where Is Chevy Silverado EV Made?

The Chevy Silverado manufacturer is General Motors. Assembly of the Silverado EV is done in Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan. The assembly plant is called factory zero.

How Long Does It Take to Charge an Electric Silverado?

The 2023 Chevy Silverado EV is the first ever all-electric Silverado and will only require 10 minutes of charge to get 100 miles. So to fill up the 200 kWh battery, you will need 40 minutes to fill up the battery completely.

Chevrolet advises that charging time may vary depending on several factors like the state of the battery, condition of the charging mechanism, vehicle settings, and even the outside temperature.