Chevrolet Silverado EV vs Ford F150 Lightning; How do they compare?Chevrolet Trucks Jan 12nd, 2022
With Chevrolet officially unveiling the 2024 Silverado EV, it will not be the only fully electric pickup truck on the market. The Ford F-150 Lightning will be competing against the Silverado EV in the battle of EV truck supremacy. So which one will come out on top?
While these are not sports cars, both of these EV trucks have the performance of them. The First Edition Chevrolet Silverado EV will have 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the most powerful Ford Lightning at launch will have 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque. Both of these trucks claim a 0-60 mph (96 km/h) time that is in the mid 4 seconds range.
However, both EV trucks will be available with less powerful and more affordable versions around their respective launch dates. The Silverado EV will be available in the WT trim which will have 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque. The F150 Lighting Pro will have 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque.
This is where these trucks really differ from one another. The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV utilizes new Ultium battery technology that will enable it to have an electric range of up to 640 km (400 miles) in the top RST First Edition trim. The WT trim of the Silverado EV will have a range of 480 km (300 miles).
The Ford F-150 Lightning’s battery will have a maximum range of just 480 km (300 miles). This could change in future model years but at launch, the Silverado EV will have the upper hand. The lower trim levels of the Ford Lightning will have a 370 km (230 miles) range.
Charging these EV trucks is possible through level 1, 2 and 3 charging options. Though realistically, you’ll probably want to use level 3 charging stations. The Silverado EV is capable of charging from a 350 kW station (if you can find one) while the Ford Lightning EV can only charge at a maximum rate of 180 kW.
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Payload & Towing
When it comes to towing, both of these EV trucks have similar numbers. The top spec trims of each are capable of towing up to 10,000 lbs. The lower spec trim levels will be able to tow 8,000 lbs for the Silverado and 7,700 lbs for the Lightning. However, GM said that in the future, there will be a Silverado model that will be able to tow up to 20,000 lbs.
As for payload, the Ford Lightning EV has the edge over the Silverado EV. The Lightning can carry up to 2,000 lbs while the Silverado can only carry up to 1,300 lbs; even in the top spec RST trim.
However, the Chevy Silverado EV has a trick up its sleeve. The bed length is 5’11” which is longer than the Ford Lightning’s 5’5” length bed. But the Silverado can extend the bed not only via the MultiFlex tailgate, but also by lowering the mid gate. Yes, the Chevrolet Silverado EV has a midgate just like the old Chevrolet Avalanche. With the tailgate bed stop and the mid-gate folded, the Silverado EV has an effective bed length of 10’9”.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV is expected to cost $52,448 CAD for the WT trim. The First Edition RST will have a much higher price of $119,948 CAD. But as time goes on, more and more trim levels will be introduced for various price ranges.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning EV will have a starting price of $68,000 CAD for the XLT trim level. A lower trim level of the Lightning will eventually come at a later date and is said to cost from $58,000 CAD.
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