This week, Chevrolet said the production version of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST First Edition is now underway. It offers increased range and payload over what was previously announced, but is it enough? And is the price too high?

2024 Chevy Silverado EV range

The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is currently the electric truck with the mostest (yep, I made that word up). The estimated range for the trucks starts at 393 for the 3WT and then goes up to 450 for the 4WT. Thus, even the base range bests the top range for pretty much every other electric truck currently on sale. 

For comparison, the estimated max range for other electric trucks is as follows:

  • Ford F-150 Lightning: 320 miles
  • Tesla Cybertruck: 340 miles
  • GMC Hummer: 381 miles
  • Rivian R1T: 410 miles

The RST will get 440 miles of range, which is still 30 miles more than the R1T.

But this begs the question: Is it enough? When towing or in cold weather, mileage could drop to 50% of the anticipated range, which could take actual range to somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 miles. That means on a road trip, you’d probably have to stop every 3 hours or so to charge. To us, that’s certainly better than stopping every 1 to 2 hours, which we experienced with the F-150 Lightning in cold weather.

RST Final Edition details

The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV RST Final Edition is one of those rare vehicles that actually offers more than initially promised. This electric truck will deliver 10,000 pounds of max towing and 1,500 pounds of max payload – though if you take advantage of these truck capabilities, your range will suffer. We just don’t know by how much yet. 

With Wide Open Watts mode, the truck will deliver up to 754 horsepower and 785 pound-feet of torque. But using this feature will also cost you range. 

The RST Final Edition is the fully loaded model, and it will include the following features:

  • Four-wheel steer
  • Automatic adaptive air suspension
  • Multi-Flex Midgate 
  • Available Multi-Flex Tailgate with power release
  • Large, 17-inch infotainment screen, 11-inch driver instrument cluster and a multi-color driver head-up display 
  • Trailering-capable Super Cruise

What it won’t have: Apple CarPlay. Since General Motors did away with CarPlay on its EVs, don’t expect this popular phone mirroring software on the Silverado EV in any trim.

2024 Chevy Silverado EV pricing

We saw the release of the base WT trim in 2023, kind of, with 443 electric trucks being sold in the fourth quarter of 2023. Now, the top-tier RST First Edition models are making their way through the line at Factory Zero. And Chevy is looking to add on to the 1,061 sales from first quarter of this year with the addition of this new trim. 

So, now we have the following trims available, with pricing including the $1,895 destination fee:

  • 3WT: $74,800
  • 4WT: $79,800
  • RST First Edition: $96,395

Though Chevrolet failed to live up to its promised $40k base price, at least it was able to drop the top price below $100k. In comparison, other electric trucks are priced as follows:

  • Tesla Cybertruck: $60,990-$99,990
  • Ford F-150 Lightning: $65,090-$87,090
  • Rivian R1T: $69,900-$89,000
  • GMC Hummer: $98,845-$150,295

Back to the idea of being the mostest. When you look at the 4WT trim at $79,800 that gets 450 miles of range – that’s the lowest price for the best range of all the electric trucks. 

The bottom line

Traditional truck owners are still having a hard time wrapping their minds around the idea of an electric truck. With overall range, towing range loss and charging problems topping the list of reasons why they aren’t making the switch. The 440-450 mile range of the 2024 Chevy Silverado EV is certainly a step in the right direction, but until the infrastructure gets up to snuff, it might not be enough. Especially considering you’re going to spend upwards of $70k for a base truck just to get that range. 

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