Will the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV Be More or Less Efficient than the F-150 Lightning?

Is it the first proper electric HD truck?

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images: Chevrolet – 2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST

The first-ever 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is out in the world. Chevrolet published at least two images of the trip-meter gauge cluster that shows the truck’s efficiency estimates between 1.9 miles/kWh and 2.9 miles/kWh. If these are realistic numbers – here is how they compare to the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning will have these two battery sizes. This translates to an efficiency of 2.29 miles/kWh for the Lightning truck. The EPA rates the Rivian R1T at 314 miles of range. This translates to 2.08 miles/kWh. The Rivian’s number is an official government EPA estimate, the F-150 Lightning’s number is still unofficial.

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The best unofficial indication we have on the Silverado EV from Chevrolet is the image above that shows a trip 1 of 301 miles and an efficiency of 2.00 miles/kWh. According to these unofficial numbers, the upcoming electric Silverado will be about as efficient as the Rivian R1T and a little less efficient than the F-150 Lightning predictions.

How does it compare to a gasoline V8-powered pickup truck? Here is how.

The table below assumes the following conversion factor. EPA states that one gallon of gasoline is equivalent to 33.7 kWh. I am using the EPA conversion factor for the table below.

2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 5.3L V819 MPG0.56
2022 Rivian R1T70.1 eMPG2.08
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning77.2 eMPG2.29
2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST67.4 eMPG2.00

According to this, the new and upcoming battery-electric pickup trucks are about 3.5 – 4 times more efficient than their current gasoline-powered counterparts.

We know many specifications about the upcoming electric pickup truck. We are pretty sure that it will be in the heavy-duty truck category with its large battery, 400-mile driving range, 8-lug hubs, and up to 20,000 lbs of towing capacity.

I have a unique opportunity to interview the truck’s chief engineer, Nichole Kraatz, and learn why the new electric Silverado is the way it is.