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For interests sake I dug up the rough specs across the Silverado line

VehicleCurb weightHaulingTowingNotes
Silverado EV8,000 800/1,300 10,000Spec
Silverado 2500 HD6.1k-7k3,90014,500Depending on build
Silverado 15004,4002,28013,400Depending on build

These are approximate from a general web search, let me know of any errors, and for all of them will depend on the actual build of the vehicle, but should be decent approximations. For EV hauling I believe the WT is 800 lbs and RST is specced at 1300.

What gets me is the EV hauling - it looks very low compared to the others. It’s only 1000lbs heavier than the HD top weight, but it has like 25% of its hauling capacity. This low hauling is the killer to the EV being anything but a light weight tow vehicle. I’m looking at a not large trailer with a 800 lb tongue weight, add a couple people and you‘re out of luck.

Well we’ll see when the actual vehicle is released, but I would hope they can push the EV hauling to 1500 lbs, or even a few hundred higher with an option. This will probably be the determinant whether we can realistically tow with this vehicle.
 

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This is the big thing that the industry has to overcome to make electric trucks viable for serious hauling/towing and commercial use. What kind of a trailer do you have @SilverDan?
Purchasing an Airstream, with a tongue weight about 850. Yeah we just make it with basically no extra baggage in the truck. Of course it can go in the trailer, but we don’t want to put a generator in there.

I mean on the one hand for light duty trucks 1300 is within range, but given the towing capacity of this truck 1500 would seem to be minimum. On the second hand, these are preliminary and as we saw with the final power/torque numbers it would not be surprising that they under spec this - until they finesse the details with production units. Finally, we have to assume this is the number for the fully loaded RST. Getting rid of rear steer and air suspension should save a couple hundred pounds.

As energy density increases with chemistries in development (set for 2025 release per the roadmap) this problem will eventually disappear.
 

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Lol I'm picturing this Silverado or Sierra EV cracking my driveway and splitting my slab foundation... I think it'll be closer to 10,000 lbs when all's said and done.
Depending on options maybe, but the Hummer is over 9k lbs and it's a chunkier car in features and overall design. I did a bunch of searching, if you have a standard modern 4" slab with rebar it should be fine. Also consider that a 3500 HD Silverado is ~8400 lbs so that's not too out there.

The EV is an interesting beast combining features across the previous ICE line - kind of a payload of a Colorado, towing of a Silverado and torque better than all of them.
 

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Except if you are, what, like shopping around for your next truck for your towing needs? The jury is out if you can seriously tow with an EV yet. Now whats worthless is a post like that which offers nothing except “I don’t get it”

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Except if you are, what, like shopping around for your next truck for your towing needs? The jury is out if you can seriously tow with an EV yet. Now whats worthless is a post like that which offers nothing except “I don’t get it”

peace -
It’s a worthless comparison because you are comparing HD trucks made for towing to an EV truck that is not made for heavy towing. Both Ford and GM have indicated that there will be EV trucks built to tow up to 24,000 lbs and of course more range is needed.

I do agree that currently EV trucks do not have enough range even for light duty towing but that will change. They certainly have the HP and torque.

A significant percentage of truck owners don’t tow anything more than their butts around.

EVs are at the beginning of their evolution!
 
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