2016 Silverado Hybrid in Production
Chevrolet has recently announced that the 2016 Silverado will have select models with available eAssist mild-hybrid technology. The hybrid pickup truck will use technology from the other electric vehicles of Chevrolet. The software comes from the Volt and the battery cells are from the Malibu hybrid.
Thanks to the new technology, the result will be a reasonably priced hybrid pickup with improved fuel economy.
“For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of the eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck,” said marketing director for Chevrolet Trucks, Sandor Piszar.
The eAssist mild-hybrid electrical system will add an electric motor and battery pack. Although this adds weight, it also adds an additional 13 horsepower and 44 lb-ft or torque. Active Fuel Management is a system added to the engine which helps conserve fuel through Start/Stop and Regenerative Braking.
With the eAssist system, the Silverado hybrid gains an improvement of fuel economy up to 13%. EPA estimates that the Silverado will now get 18 mpg city, 24 highway, and 20 mpg combined.
Chevrolet is focusing on 500 units of the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado eAssist trucks being sold exclusively in California. However, the goal is to have the trucks sold through the states. We at Carter Chevrolet are excited to see the future of hybrid technology being applied to pickup trucks.