General Motors has announced it would introduce the new Chevrolet Silverado eAssist mild-hybrid technology, allowing customers to get even more mileage out of the already fuel-efficient pickup truck.
This isn’t exactly a Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, but it definitely suggests one could come in the future. Unlike full-on hybrid systems, eAssist can’t power a vehicle on electricity alone; instead, a single electric motor and 0.45-kWh lithium-ion battery pack work together to take some of the load off the internal combustion engine.
The result should be a 13% improvement in fuel economy, or an extra 2 miles per gallon based on GM’s estimated ratings. In addition, eAssist will add 100 pounds to the Chevrolet Silverado but also increase horsepower by 13 and torque by 44 lb-ft.
For the Amesbury Chevrolet customers who like to buy trucks they can work on themselves, part of the appeal of a Chevrolet Silverado eAssist is that it wouldn’t be as mechanically complicated as a full hybrid, which makes it less likely to run into problems, and easier to repair in the unlikely event that something does go wrong. If you’re interested in looking at the Silverados we have on our lot now (without Chevrolet Silverado eAssist), check them out here.