General Motors is in the midst of a dramatic transition to electric vehicles, and hopes are high that the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV will ease this transition with strong interest and strong sales. Although these two new electric trucks are built on the same Ultium platform, they are far from identical. Read on to learn more about the key differences between the Silverado EV and the Sierra EV.
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Eventually, the Silverado EV and Sierra EV lineups will likely welcome a wide range of trim options. But both trucks start with more limited offerings.
The Silverado EV will arrive in spring 2023 with a WT (Work Truck) trim that emphasizes capability and toughness for fleet customers. Later in 2023, the RST trim will arrive with high-performance specifications and a longer list of features.
The Sierra EV rolls out with an emphasis on luxury. The Denali Edition 1 trim will not arrive until 2024 and boasts GMC’s most advanced technologies and premium features. An AT4 off-road trim and a presumably more affordable Elevation trim will be sold for the 2025 model year.
The Silverado EV will offer slightly higher towing capacity than the Sierra EV, at least initially. The RST trim is expected to offer up to 10,000 pounds of maximum capacity, compared to 9,500 pounds for the Sierra EV’s Denali Edition 1. Chevy also says it plans to introduce a fleet version of the Silverado EV that can tow up to 20,000 pounds.
Both the Silverado EV and Sierra EV will get four-wheel steering technology, which should increase their agility and reduce turning radius. But so far, the Sierra EV is the only one slated to receive CrabWalk, which relies on four-wheel steering by letting the truck actually move diagonally.
You won’t confuse the Silverado EV and Sierra EV when you see them out on the road. The Silverado EV’s exterior design showcases rounded corners, a sleeker overall look and a front light bar. In contrast, the Sierra EV includes a larger number of square corners and a distinctive front plate.
The Silverado EV and Sierra EV both have huge touchscreens, but they’re oriented differently. The Silverado EV has a long, horizontal screen that integrates an 11-inch driver display and a 17-inch infotainment screen. The Sierra EV comes with a tablet-style vertical center screen and a separate driver display.
Despite their differences, these two trucks are quite similar in most respects. They’re both estimated to top out at 400 miles of range, generate up to 754 horsepower and 785 lb-ft of torque, and come with extensive onboard power options for plugging in external tools and appliances. Both trucks will offer a crew cab design, a nearly 6-foot bed, a midgate feature that extends the bed into the second row of the cab, and a front eTrunk compartment. They’ll also get many of the same connectivity and tech features, including Super Cruise hands-free driving.
Here on The news wheel, we’ll have more information on these two electric trucks as their launch date approaches. Check out our Chevy and GMC news coverage for new developments on these and other models.
A longtime editor/writer and recent Hoosier transplant, Caleb Cook lives in Xenia, Ohio. His favorite activities are reading and listening to music, although he sometimes emerges from the pile of books and vinyl records in his basement to stand and blink in the sunlight. Once he’s reacclimated to the outside world, he can be seen hanging out with his wife, trying out a new recipe in the kitchen, going to the movies, walking the dog, or wandering into a local brewery to ask about what’s on tap. See more articles by Caleb.