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From the fully loaded First Edition RST we can get an idea on how this truck can be optioned. There are quite a lot of options available.
We also know there at least going to be WT, Trailboss, and RST trims.

Options, in no particular order:

17 inch infotainment
4 wheel steering
18” to 24” wheels
Super Cruise
Height adjustable automatic adaptive air suspension
Multi flex midgate
Multi flex tailgate
400 mile range battery
Panoramic glass roof
Wide Open Watts mode
Max tow package

I’m sure I missed some things.

I personally just want a WT with the smaller battery as long as it’s 250-300 mile range, and 18” wheels. The only options I would like would be the multiflex tailgate, and depending on price, the max tow package since it will probably come with additional cooling hopefully extending the life of the motors and battery. I would like the midgate, but everything I’ve read said it won’t be on the WT.

How are you hoping to configure your Silverado EV? What things do you absolutely want your truck to have?
 

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I’m in for the First Edition, but I would totally pass on the 24” wheels. I would be perfectly happy with 20” rollers as long as there isn’t a significant range hit. The glass roof isn’t a big selling point to me, but it’s included. If Chevy offered a lightweight CF option I’d go for that instead.
 

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Pretty sure a lot of the options won’t even be available in the WT. I’m not looking for any of the fancy things such as 4-wheel steering, super cruise, huge screen etc. As long as I have my power stuff (seats, windows etc.) as well as dual zone auto climate control and leather seats, I’ll be fine.

More battery and towing capacity are probably the only extra things I might consider. Depending on the price, of course! I’m not going to make my 40K MSRP truck cost 50K+ either. It’ll be a budget thing for me. Otherwise I would’ve gone with RST.
 
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Pretty sure a lot of the options won’t even be available in the WT. I’m not looking for any of the fancy things such as 4-wheel steering, super cruise, huge screen etc. As long as I have my power stuff (seats, windows etc.) as well as dual zone auto climate control and leather seats, I’ll be fine.

More battery and towing capacity are probably the only extra things I might consider. Depending on the price, of course! I’m not goong to make my 40K MSRP truck cost 50K+ either. It’ll be a budget thing for me. Otherwise I would’ve gone with RST.
Yeah I don’t expect many options. I do know they have said the WT will get a max tow package. I actually like the look of the smaller screens in the fleet WTs on GM fleets page.
I really don’t want to spend a fortune either, I just want to replace my current truck with something with similar abilities (but also completely different, my 2001 has no tech at all).
 

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The Multi-Flex Mid-gate is absolutely essential. I can't see spending this kind of money if I cannot haul 4x8 sheets of building material, or other "oversized items, on occasion without the cargo hanging off the top of the tailgate. Ideally, that feature would be available in WT trim, but GM has other marketing plans. I just don't "get" these tiny crew cab short-box configurations where the bed is under 6.5' in length.
 

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I want the WT. I need 4x4, power windows/locks, towing package, air conditioning. A battery pack with 300 miles of range would be very nice. That's really all I need. I'm not looking to spend more than $50k because in my opinion the entire point of the truck is lost if you do that. If a guy is willing to spend more than that he's getting zero benefit and may as well stick to the already proven and capable diesel powered trucks.
 

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I'm surprised nobody else has posted this, but by far my #1 option is the equipment to back up my home in a power outage. I live in Texas and the freeze we had was no joke. A few weeks ago some jackass took a turn too fast in my neighborhood on a Sunday morning and we were without power for a few hours. Unacceptable in the peak summer heat - keeping the house running is the killer app for me.
 

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I agree that would be cool, I’m hoping the manufacturers settle on some standard of two way communication so these large battery packs can be integrated automatically into home power for emergency backup and smart charging when combined with solar.
 

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What’s the point of the truck?
To save money.

We already know there is zero environmental benefit. Those reasons are numerous. So if a person isn't going to see personal financial gain, there is no point to EV. ICE trucks have been working great for 100+ years.
 

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To save money.

We already know there is zero environmental benefit. Those reasons are numerous. So if a person isn't going to see personal financial gain, there is no point to EV. ICE trucks have been working great for 100+ years.
Saying there's zero environmental benefit is a bridge too far. Where I live nearly all of my electricity comes from wind and solar, so there's a direct benefit from reducing CO2 added to the atmosphere at the tailpipe, to say nothing of nitrous oxide and other nasty combustion byproducts.

There's also a benefit in convenience via reduced maintenance and elimination of oil changes (reduction in motor oil is also an environmental benefit).
 

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I understand your position. I live in Hawaii and run off solar so the truck mileage will be free, or should I say paid for prior, so I’ll be saving 30-40k depending over a decade on fuel. That’s a pocketbook and environmental improvement. For a lot of people the EV truck represents an upgrade, hot rod power, refinement with independent suspension and creature comforts/technology. With the fuel savings and the way my auto ownership works now with expensive cars requiring 10+ years of ownership I can afford some creature comforts and hope this truck to be my finest vehicle yet.
 

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Saying there's zero environmental benefit is a bridge too far. Where I live nearly all of my electricity comes from wind and solar, so there's a direct benefit from reducing CO2 added to the atmosphere at the tailpipe, to say nothing of nitrous oxide and other nasty combustion byproducts.

There's also a benefit in convenience via reduced maintenance and elimination of oil changes (reduction in motor oil is also an environmental benefit).
But what you're forgetting is that tailpipe CO2 is baby food compared to the environmental damage done to mine precious metals for the battery packs, provide power to the factories that build them, deal with the waste from factories that build them, etc. and we haven't even started to talk about the issue of how to dispose of EVs at the end of useful life. I have a family member who is the Commissioner of our state Waste Management agency and he says that topic is a large can of worms. In the grand scheme of things, EVs have no environmental benefit, and may actually prove to be a greater detriment.

I'll give you the elimination of basic maintenance, but again if a guy spends $100k on an EV truck when he could have purchased an ICE truck with the exact same features for $50k is he really getting a benefit from no maintenance?

What this all boils down to is personal finances, and that's why I say the RST version of this truck is a total waste of time. Pointless.
 
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