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Hey everyone, just wanted to share some pics of this amazing vehicle. Seeing it up close was the reason I reserved one. Hope GM knocks it out of the park next spring.
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Hey @DallasEV welcome to the forum! Thanks for sharing these great photos! Did you see the truck today? What stood out the most to you seeing it in person?
 

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Thanks, I saw it at the Auto Show. The overall shape is what I love about it. They didn’t just recycle the old Silverado body. This is a unique, beautiful truck!

Yeah, the prototype looks great. But I hope they figure out a way to reduce the amount of black plastic along the bumpers, wheel arches, and rocker panels. This truck is already nearing $100k... the least they can do is stop using cheap MIC lame black bumpers or shoddy fillers to cover the truck with plastic instead of finished panels.
 

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That’s how vehicles are now. Everyone likes the two tone, you get black painted plastic on the higher trims and unpainted plastic on lower trims. I’ll take the unpainted stuff on my truck.
 

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Funny enough it took me six months to place a reservation because I didn't like the look of the show car. In particular
  1. Chevy likes bling and I hate bling, too much brightwork and smooth plastic to pick up scratches
  2. That perfect reflection blue paint is blinding
  3. Simplified interior - I never had a truck with two gloveboxes, and they took the second out on this one, along with a bunch of buttons (I like physical)
  4. Trapezoidal screens - wasted screen space and unlike every other screen I have in my life
    1. chief engineer said it's not just an ipad stuck in there which I agree with - not fond of Tesla/Ford big ipad
    2. But they didn't have to go that far - I like the WT square landscape better
  5. Smooth exterior looks more like a weekend warrior truck
But not finding anything better I finally dug into it and fell in love with
  1. Midgate
  2. Roomy interior (I have a tall family)
  3. Camera rear view mirror
  4. 400 mi range
  5. HUD
  6. Ultium and Ultifi look promising

But they're saying that I'll only get to choose between WT (no midgate option) and RST ($$$), so I may not be able to buy one. I wonder if a lot of customers will drop out just for this reason, unless they surprise us with options. Or maybe I can option down the RST enough out of the nosebleed seats.
 

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That’s how vehicles are now. Everyone likes the two tone, you get black painted plastic on the higher trims and unpainted plastic on lower trims. I’ll take the unpainted stuff on my truck.
Nah, I disagree. The general trend is the lower trims use two tone (with black rocker panels, bumpers, etc) since it's a cost-cutting measure. Less paint and single piece for all builds at that trim. If you want to spot a car that got cost cut, just look for a lot of black mold-in-color-plastic trim. The higher trim usually adds paint and chrome. Here's the latest lineup on the Silverado 1500.


The Silverado EV basically takes styling queues from the WT look (which IMO just looks terrible for a premium product)...
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And the Silverado EV doesn't seem to have the High Country elements at all (no chrome, or body color matching)...
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Just for reference here's the middle of the road Silverado 1500 which IMO still looks more premium than the Silverado EV just because it does away with the ugly black elements.
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Notice how none of these designs have cheap black around the wheel arches. Cheap black all around is a lame way for designers to cut costs and try and create a vehicle that "appears more streamlined" since the black creates an optical void. The Ford Mach E is doing the same thing, and IMO suffers for it.

I think the Silverado EV should just embrace both its bulk and its premium status... there should be with more body panel matching and chrome on the higher trims vs just black like a WT.
 

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Wait...why is the "frunk" so small? It seems like there is a foot or more on either side with dead space? I haven't golfed in a long time, but I have seen pics of Lightning owners with a set of golf clubs in there. Pretty sure they wouldn't fit in this...
 

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Funny enough it took me six months to place a reservation because I didn't like the look of the show car. In particular
  1. Chevy likes bling and I hate bling, too much brightwork and smooth plastic to pick up scratches
  2. That perfect reflection blue paint is blinding
  3. Simplified interior - I never had a truck with two gloveboxes, and they took the second out on this one, along with a bunch of buttons (I like physical)
  4. Trapezoidal screens - wasted screen space and unlike every other screen I have in my life
    1. chief engineer said it's not just an ipad stuck in there which I agree with - not fond of Tesla/Ford big ipad
    2. But they didn't have to go that far - I like the WT square landscape better
  5. Smooth exterior looks more like a weekend warrior truck
But not finding anything better I finally dug into it and fell in love with
  1. Midgate
  2. Roomy interior (I have a tall family)
  3. Camera rear view mirror
  4. 400 mi range
  5. HUD
  6. Ultium and Ultifi look promising

But they're saying that I'll only get to choose between WT (no midgate option) and RST ($$$), so I may not be able to buy one. I wonder if a lot of customers will drop out just for this reason, unless they surprise us with options. Or maybe I can option down the RST enough out of the nosebleed seats.
The midgate is a big seller for me on the EV. I love the versatility it offers compared to the electric trucks that are coming to market/for sale now. I hope it's good quality and doesn't cause people issues.
 

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I love this truck and it being an RST trim makes it look sporty hence the two tone colors. The only two prototype trims are the WT and RST with more to come later. Maybe they will release a High Country to compare it to. Maybe it will have more chrome that some people like.
 

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Wait...why is the "frunk" so small? It seems like there is a foot or more on either side with dead space? I haven't golfed in a long time, but I have seen pics of Lightning owners with a set of golf clubs in there. Pretty sure they wouldn't fit in this...

Chevy said the Silverado EV and Hummer EV have a 9 cubic foot frunk. While the F150 Lightning has a 14.1 cubic ft frunk. I don't think anyone's really explained why the frunk is so small on the GM offerings; but there are some EVs out there that don't have a frunk at all. There are always weird packaging requirements for the heat pumps, power steering actuators, electric brake booster, cabin filters, and other bits that still go near the front wheels.
 

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Chevy said the Silverado EV and Hummer EV have a 9 cubic foot frunk. While the F150 Lightning has a 14.1 cubic ft frunk. I don't think anyone's really explained why the frunk is so small on the GM offerings; but there are some EVs out there that don't have a frunk at all. There are always weird packaging requirements for the heat pumps, power steering actuators, electric brake booster, cabin filters, and other bits that still go near the front wheels.
Yeah, but I am seriously thinking about keeping the Lightning whenever I get it now. This seems like a huge miss.
 

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Yeah, the prototype looks great. But I hope they figure out a way to reduce the amount of black plastic along the bumpers, wheel arches, and rocker panels. This truck is already nearing $100k... the least they can do is stop using cheap MIC lame black bumpers or shoddy fillers to cover the truck with plastic instead of finished panels.
This appears to be the early show car prototype. The Chief Engineer said it had a lot of prototype 3D print trim parts and not to jump to conclusions about what production materials will be.
 

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Hey everyone, just wanted to share some pics of this amazing vehicle. Seeing it up close was the reason I reserved one. Hope GM knocks it out of the park next spring.
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Hey everyone, just wanted to share some pics of this amazing vehicle. Seeing it up close was the reason I reserved one. Hope GM knocks it out of the park next spring.
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Wait...why is the "frunk" so small?
Components, probably HVAC and battery climate. Charging infrastructure is at the back on this one because that’s where the charge port is, and the radiator is at the front. Looks like they probably didn’t go with the Bolt style cooling plate. The Bolt has no frunk as it’s filled with components. Sure EV’s have less to go wrong, but there’s still a lot of stuff in there.

However I wouldn’t at all be surprised that after the Lightning reveal they release with a Frunk that happens to be one inch larger than the F150, wanna place a bet on that?:p I expect them trying to push other specs too so as to be just that much better. GM underestimates range already so I’m expecting 430 miles actual. Towing, hauling and bigger frunk will all be a bit bigger too I expect.

With the charge port in the back, instead of the front as it is with my Bolt, I’ll have to install one of my spare EVSE’s on the other side of the garage. Annoying, but they had to do that because of the frunk I believe.
 

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With the charge port in the back, instead of the front as it is with my Bolt, I’ll have to install one of my spare EVSE’s on the other side of the garage. Annoying, but they had to do that because of the frunk I believe.
I am sure there will be enough cameras that will allow you to back in to where you need to be safely so that your existing setup for the Bolt will reach.
 

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I am sure there will be enough cameras that will allow you to back in to where you need to be safely so that your existing setup for the Bolt will reach.
Yeah I thought about that but then the driver is on an inconvenient side. Anyhow I got a EVSE with my solar, then when I was purchasing the Bolt they were giving out free ones left and right, so I have four now. One is portable, one I had installed outside and two are next to each other inside, for no reason other than I had to do something with it. Just a short conduit run back to front through the attic will get between the two doors, easy peasy, and I'm glad I grabbed got the extra freebies.

I made the suggestion on another thread for folks not to sweat total charge capacity too much, but got a lot of argument to max it out (by people who don't own EV's yet?) Anyhow I should have mentioned over there, in my experience because the car sits so long trying to get as many amps as possible isn't important, but convenience of EVSE location is. I'm really glad I have one inside and one out even though we have one car, really useful to be able to charge the car where ever it happens to be sitting.

So with this setup I'll be able to charge inside forward or reverse parked, and outside backwards parked, and I can probably reach forward parked or use my extension if not (y)
 

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The people arguing with you own an EV, you aren’t the only one. Most will have an electrician come out one time and install one EVSE and if they are going through that trouble they might as well get the highest amperage that they can. That’s just good practical advice you will find on any EV forum, you are the only one arguing for multiple low amperage EVSEs.
 
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