- chevrolet announced that the upcoming electric silverado pickup truck will offer rear-axle steering.
- rear-axle steering will tighten the truck's turning radius by slightly turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the fronts.
- chevy claims the silverado ev will have up to 400 miles of range, and it's expected to enter production as early as 2023.
chevrolet will soon offer an electric silverado to compete with the countless other electric pickups coming from brands including ford, rivian, and tesla. general motors claims that the electric chevy truck will offer up to 400 miles of range, and now we know that it'll also have available rear-axle steering, like its gmc hummer ev stablemate.
rear-axle steering tightens the vehicle's turning radius by slightly turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the fronts. it seems like the silverado ev's system won't be as advanced as the gmc hummer ev's crab walk mode, which can use its rear-axle steering system to turn all four wheels at the same angle, moving the truck diagonally. rivian's r1t electric pickup has a different but similarly cool tank-turn feature. it uses its four individual motors, one on each wheel, to spin the wheels forward on one side and in reverse on the other to spin around on dirt like a tank.
the electric chevy silverado, like the hummer ev and the rest of general motors' future electric vehicles, will utilize its ultium battery platform. it's likely to be available with multiple powertrain configurations and battery-pack sizes providing up to 400 miles of range. chevy also said the truck will be available from work-oriented versions to more highly equipped trucks, much like ford's new electric pickup, the f-150 lightning. chevy's rear-axle steering will be offered as optional equipment along with 24-inch wheels.
chevrolet hasn't announced when the electric truck will arrive, but we expect production to start sometime in 2023 or the year after. look for more details on the electric silverado soon as more ev pickups, including ram's electric 1500, make their way to the market.