The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado WT secured a longer expected range during EPA testing, however there is one important piece of information missing – the size of the battery pack.
Chevrolet expected the Silverado EV Work Truck (WT) and Silverado RST to be certified at 400 miles. However, the Silverado WT came in with an impressive 450 mile (724km) certification. At the same time, the automaker plans to release another variant with 350 mile (563km) range.
It is unclear why the WT model received such a higher range rating. At a media call General Motors president of North America, Rory Harvey, didn’t go into detail except to say that their engineers were able to work their magic and tweak out the extra 50 miles. (via Detroit Free Press)
However, while the range rating is impressive, it doesn’t mean much if it comes from a massive battery pack. A perfect example is the Ram 1500 REV, which was announced last month to have a 500 mile (804km) range. The problem is that it comes with a 229kWh pack, giving it an efficiency of just 2 miles per kWh.
The current battery pack size leader is the Hummer EV, which carries a 212kWh pack, good enough for 329 miles, or about 1.6 miles per kWh.
The Silverado WT will be available sometime this summer. The vehicle does deliver an impressive package for fleet and small or medium business needs. With its dual-motor powertrain, 510 horsepower and a towing capacity of up to 20,000 pounds, the Silverado is a work truck worth consideration.