Top 10 Differences: 2024 Chevy Silverado EV vs. Ford F-150 Lightning
, Alistair Weaver here for Edmunds, with the top 10 differences between the new 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV and the 2023 Ford F 150 Lightning. Its a classic head to head with a futuristic twist. To compile this list, weve not only absorbed everything, Ford And GMs PR teams were willing to proffer weve also spent time with Fords head of battery electric vehicles, the ever genial, Darren Palmer and the chief engineer for the Silverado EV. The delightful Nichole Kraatz. Were going to compare the spec of each and declare a provisional winner in every category., But before we do that, please do subscribe to our channel.. It is, after all, nearly Christmas. And if you want to sell your car head to edmunds.comsellmycar. And now without further ado lets get on with it. MUSIC PLAYING Lets start with the bragging rights.. First, editions of the Silverado EV will boast 664 horsepower and 780 pounds feet of torque. Thats 101 horsepower and 5 pounds feet more than the most powerful bolt of Lightning.. The first edition also has something called a Wide Open Watts mode for full bore acceleration. Thats, an acronym for WOW.. Did you see what they did there? Lesser powered Silverados will still boast 510 horsepower versus 426 for the Ford., But the latter does have much more torque. 775 versus 615., Why less torque, Because working trucks dont need to do 0 to 60 in 4 seconds says Kraatz.. In other words, dont have fun at work people.
Winner, Chevy., But now theyve shown their hand. Dont bet against a more powerful Ford by 2023., Lightning Raptor. Anyone One of the big sells of EV trucks is your ability to use all of those watts for other means. Tailgating chopping up, wood or even topping up other EVs. Palmer reckons its this extra versatility, thats, really driving sales of the Lightning.. The Silverado has 10.2 kilowatts of power and 10 outlets.. The Ford has up to 9.6 kilowatts. Winner Chevy by a nose. If youre, heading off road, or especially, if youre towing range anxiety, is a big deal for EV trucks.. To combat this, both Chevy and Ford includes sophisticated onboard calculators to provide some therapy. Ford is offering two different battery options on the Lightning with an estimated range of 230 and 300 miles. Respectively. Chevy is claiming a range of up to 400 miles for the bigger battery version of the Silverado., And we expect the smaller battery to match Fords bigger battery if youre still following me. Kraatz reckons. This is the big advantage of the Silverados philosophy., While the Lightning uses a version of the F150s ladder frame chassis. The Silverado is based on the platform used by the new Hummer, which is built for EVs. GM says this means its less compromised.. All this is hypothetical though.. At Edmunds we developed our own independent range and efficiency test program for all EVs. And weve learned that the EPA claims can play out very differently in the real world.
Lets see what our independent tests reveal about these two.. A big win for Chevy in theory. T is for towing. In their optimal tune. Both trucks will tow up to 10000 pounds.. The commercial versions will tow 8000 Chevy and 7700 Ford. To put that into context. A fully specified gas F, 150 will tow up to 14000 pounds. Chevy says its working on a Silverado EV that will tow 20000 pounds and we expect to see more heavy duty, Lightnings too. Winner tie., On paper. This is a big win for Ford.. The bigger battery version of the Lightning has an 1800 pound payload versus 1300 for the first edition. Silverado. Models with less standard kit will likely to be able to carry more., But even in their working guises. The Ford can carry 2000 pounds to the Chevys 1200. Big win for Ford huge.. If youre the owner of a gas or diesel powered Silverado, listen up., The leaf spring is gone.. The EV gets fully independent suspension with coil springs at the rear, as standard. And on the first edition you get the optional air suspension and rear wheel, steering which helps reduce the turning circle.. Sadly, though, theres no Hummer style crab walk., The Lightning does have independent suspension. All round, but there is no air suspension or rear wheel, steering well not yet anyway. Winner On paper, its Chevy., But the proof will be in the pedaling.. This is the Silverados party piece.. You get a 5 foot 11 inch long bed as standard which is 6 inches longer than a Lightning, despite the trucks being the same overall length.
, But posher versions of Silverado will also have a multi flex mid. Gait.. Put simply this allows you to extend the bed into the cabin below the rear, window. The rear seat, splits 60 40. So a rear passenger can luxuriate next to a piece of plywood. Youll, also be able to legally carry items up to 10 feet 10 inches long. Winner Chevy.. This could be his Trump card.. Both trucks have motors front and rear, which leaves the engine bay free for a frunk or front trunk. If you prefer., This secure area is potentially the biggest advantage of an EV truck. And both are trying to maximize it. In the Ford you get 14.1 cubic feet of space powerpoints and a drainable floor. For context, thats enough space for a couple of sets of golf Clubs., According to Chief Engineer, Kraatz Chevy is still working on optimizing. The frunk of the Silverado, but roughly the same size as the Fords. Winner, TBC, To Be Confirmed.. Chevy has Super Cruise.. Ford has BlueCruise. Both offer a version of semi automated driving that lets you take your hands off the wheel on a wide range of highways. As long as you continue to pay attention to the road., These systems will be available as an option on both. Winner tie.. The first edition Silverado EV costs 105000 plus destination., Yes, thats over 100 grand for a Silverado truck., And we expect a fully loaded Lightning to get close to that figure.
Too.. Interestingly, thats also significantly more than the admittedly smaller Rivian R1T.. At the other end of the spectrum, both trucks officially start at under 40000 plus destination. That buys you a working truck with a smaller battery pack. For its launch. Even the entry level Chevy will have the larger battery pack.. So dont expect to see a 40000 Silverado on the road until 2024, if ever. And by then there might even be a Tesla Cybertruck too. By contrast, well drive the Lightning this spring. And theres. No denying Ford has a big headstart on its old rival and Tesla.. They already have almost 200000 orders and are ramping up production to meet demand. Winner, the price to match, but Ford has a big headstart. Being no doubt. Electric trucks have a huge future. And for those old, stagers, Ford and Chevrolet success really is a matter of survival.. In our early analysis, the Chevy wins 5 2., But we wont know the true result of this head to head until late 2023, such a tease. For more information on both head to edmunds.com. And please subscribe to our channel because weve got a great 2022 ahead of Us., Thanks for watching and goodbye.