The auto industry is about to get a wake up call with Chevrolet changing the game for trucks and self driving vehicles. Chevrolet had a pretty great year in 2017. Specifically, Chevrolet celebrated their Centennial Anniversary in 2017 for trucks with Centennial Special Edition packages on the Chevy Colorado and Silverado trucks. Also, the Chevy Bolt EV is doing exceptionally well, and there are a lot of new things planned for the future, including a who new breed of Silverado pickup trucks in 2019.
Chevy Bolt EV
Earlier this year, it became clear that the Chevrolet Bolt EV is possibly the most advanced autonomous electric vehicle in the auto industry today. The Waymo’s self-driving Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid fleet was recently certified to be the first driverless ride-hailing service, but General Motors claims the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV will become the norm in 2019 when the automaker plans a large-scale launch of the driverless vehicle. Not only this, but when it comes to electric vehicles, the Chevy Bolt EV is more affordable than a Tesla and it’s battery even gives it a better all-electric range.
When it comes to autonomy, the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV is actually a better driver than humans, having zero incidents caused by the vehicle itself. In other words, all driving-related incidents were caused by other drivers. Now, General Motors is calling for an acceleration of Chevrolet Bolt EV production due to its increase in popularity and sales. In just twelve months, sales for the Chevy Bolt EV have grown 50 percent. During a CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, General Motors CEO Mary Barra delivered a speech discussing the increase in sales, but more importantly, the number of EV miles driven, with the latter illustrating the growth in popularity of the Bolt EV.
“In December 2012, the Chevrolet Volt was GM’s flagship electrified vehicle, and its owners hit a milestone 100 million all-electric miles just two years after it went on sale … By December 2017, drivers of five electrified models, including the Bolt EV, racked up more than 2.6 billion EV miles.” - Barra
We may see more alternative fuel vehicles on the roads in the coming years, so be prepared for a bit of a shift in the auto industry.
New Chevrolet Silverado
With the increasing popularity of Chevrolet pickup trucks, namely the Chevy Silverado, the truck faction of Chevrolet has decided to up the ante by expanding the lineup. Currently, Chevy offers the Silverado 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD, but a little something different showed up at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.
Chevrolet introduced its new lineup of Class 4, 5, and 6 Silverado chassis cab trucks. That’s right. Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD are now a thing. Designed with one-piece frame rails, unobstructed top sections, and multiple Cab-to-Axle frame length options, the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD are made to do all kinds of jobs.
“Chevy’s designers and engineers were obsessed with making this Silverado the most customer-focused medium duty truck of any major competitor … By customer-focused, I mean work-ready trucks that are easy to upfit, easy to drive, easy to service, and easy to own.” - Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet.
All three models will be powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 diesel engine that makes 350 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque. Wow, 700 lb-ft?! Payload and towing capacities have yet to be named, but we can imagine somewhere in the double-digit thousands with that kind of power.
Like many Chevrolet vehicles, the new 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD heavy duty pickup trucks will come with modern features, including an available 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, wireless mobile phone charging, and OnStar connectivity. Production for the new Silverado models will start later this year, 2018, with the ability for consumers to place orders as early as this spring. Earlier this year, the Chevrolet Silverado outmatched the Ford Super Duty pickup truck, and both Ram and Chevy are aiming to take Ford trucks down a notch. These new heavy duty pickup trucks may be the boost needed to reign supreme.
What do you think? Is Chevrolet ready to be crowned King of Trucks? Curious about your own Silverado? Or how about going green with the Chevy Bolt EV? You can look through our inventory when you buy a new car online.