Although we’re having a difficult time picturing a sawdust-covered, 250lb construction worker nodding fondly towards his truck and saying something like, “Yep Bob, she clocks about 30 mph in Mode 1 and is as quiet as a newborn kitten’s paws on plush carpet,” we’d still like to give Chevy a tip of the hat for engineering the first hybrid heavy-duty pick-up truck.
A 2-Mode Hybrid, the new Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid boasts almost 50% better fuel efficiency over previous model years while maintain 100% of the muscle. Among one of its most impressive features; engaged in Mode 1, the Silverado Hybrid’s electric propulsion is capable of independently powering the vehicle at low speeds, even while towing at maximum capacity [6,100 lbs]. An Electronically Variable Transmission [EVT] is jointly powered by both a 6.0L V8 gasoline engine and 300-volt NiMH battery, boosting the Silverado Hybrid’s overall output to 332-hp. A 2-Mode vehicle-standard regenerative braking system provides a constant source of electric energy that helps the Silverado Hybrid’s 26-gallon fuel tank average a cruising range of over 500 miles. Expected to come with $30k sticker price [or somewhere thereabouts], Chevrolet earns another point for innovation by offering eco-friendly brawn on a budget.
[As a side note, we’d like credit for resisting the temptation to incorporate some cheesy revision of Chevrolet’s “An American Revolution” slogan in our post…]