GM offers another glimpse of the electric Silverado

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Chevrolet is firming up plans to compete in the EV truck sweepstakes

Tesla is building its Cybertruck, Ford is busy on its F-150 Lightning. Not to be left out, General Motors is providing another glimpse of its previously announced all-electric pickup.

It’s also providing new details. Previously the truck was described as “Silverado-like.” This week GM said the truck will be an EV version of its popular pickup and be called the Silverado All-Electric.

In a major disclosure, announced in this video posted to YouTube, the automaker said the new EV truck will feature four-wheel steering. Instead of the steering wheel turning just the two front tires, it will turn all four, providing a tighter turn ratio.

When GM announced the new truck last month it said it would travel 400 miles on a single charge and compete with consumer pickups planned by its rivals. The company has not said when the new Silverado All-Electric would go into production nor what it would cost.

The competition

Ford’s F-150 Lightning, which will be available next spring, will start at $40,000 -- a price that compares favorably with the gasoline-powered version.

The Silverado is Chevrolet’s best-selling truck and comes in several different models. It was introduced in 1999 and shares design and mechanical characteristics with the GMC Sierra.

The Silverado is rated 4 out of 5 stars by ConsumerAffairs reviewers, with most of the negative points relating to repair issues. But Gerald of Newman, Ga., is among the majority who is happy with his truck.

“I own an ‘02 Silverado,” Gerald wrote in a ConsumerAffairs review. “It’s an extended cab Z71 with the 5.3L V8. 172k miles in and this truck is running as strong as ever! It’s my daily driver and I have had no troubles at all, just routine maintenance.”

The Silverado All-Electric is not the only EV truck GM plans to introduce. The all-electric Hummer will come out first, but with a price tag of around $80,000, it probably won’t compete with the F-150 Lightning and Tesla Cybertruck.

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