Chevrolet has launched a webpage dedicated to the Electric Silverado and announced its public debut will happen January 5th at CES 2022.
CES or the Consumer Electronics Show is one of the largest tech events every year and that makes the debut of the Chevy Silverado EV pickup truck just that much more of an obvious choice. The technology inside takes it to another level, though.
On the landing page, Chevrolet teases just a few major features of the upcoming Silverado. First is the use of the new Ultium platform GM is using thoughout their lineup. Then there's a panoramic glass roof that's the first of its kind for the Silverado. Finally, Chevy tells us that this new truck will come with four-wheel-steering. Let's dig into each of these features.
Ultium is the same platform we expect to underpin the upcoming Hummer EV, the Cadillac Lyric, and ultimately most electric cars under the GM umbrella. At its core sits a modular battery system that allows GM to configure the battery pack anywhere from 50 to 200 kWh with ultimate modularity.
The glass rooftop will be an optional extra so lower grade trims won't have it but it's important to take note of its place here. Trucks in general are already top-heavy and the inclusion of a glass roof would only serve to exacerbate the problem. However, considering how low the center of gravity will be with batteries in the floor, the additional weight of a glass ceiling is negligable.
Finally, four-wheel steering is a huge benefit that's not far off from the crab-walk feature of the new Hummer EV. As more manufacturers move towards steer-by-wire technology, there's no reason that four-wheel steering can't be a more common feature on larger vehicles. We know that Rivian, Tesla, and others are planning on similar steering tricks too.