Ford F-150 Lightning Vs Chevy Silverado EV: range, power, price

  • The pickup truck rivalry between Ford and GM has turned electric.
  • But which is better: the new Chevy Silverado EV or the Ford F-150 Lightning?
  • The Silverado EV promises better range and better performance, but the two have a lot in common.

Ford unveiled its electric pickup to the world almost a year before Chevrolet unveiled its Silverado EV this week. But there is an obvious advantage to going second: you know exactly what you need to beat.

General Motors took some notes on the F-150 Lightning’s numbers, it seems, and produced a truck that slightly outperforms them in every way. This isn’t all that surprising, given that the two Detroit automakers have been rivals for a century and have spent decades fighting each other especially in the pickup truck market.

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2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST.

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No matter how different the two trucks are, there’s a good chance the folks at Ford will lean toward the Lightning and the folks at Chevrolet will swing the Silverado EV. Yet many buyers have no allegiance to the bow tie or blue oval. For them, let’s compare and contrast the Silverado EV and the F-150 Lightning.

What is similar

These trucks have a lot in common. Both have dual electric motors and standard all-wheel drive. Both will only be sold with four doors. Chevy and Ford will both sell a less expensive, work-oriented model alongside lavish, fully loaded versions pushing six figures.

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Ford F-150 Lightning.

Ford


On paper, both pickups are monstrously powerful and fast, claiming to hit 60mph in around 4.5 seconds. Both trucks will be able to tow up to 10,000 pounds at launch and both promise to go long distances with a full charge of their large battery packs.

Both companies opted for a predominantly conventional interior with a technical touch. Neither truck has a totally sparse, button-less cab like you’ll find in a Tesla, but both offer large touchscreens. Each truck also offers a plethora of fun capabilities. Both come with a front trunk and a mobile generator function to power tools or the house.

Chevrolet Silverado EV 2024.

Chevrolet Silverado EV 2024.

Chevrolet


What is different

Ford and GM have taken different approaches in the design and construction of their trucks. The Lightning shares its styling and much of its bodywork with the gasoline-powered F-150. The idea was to give buyers a familiar truck that works with all of the popular Ford accessories.

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2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST.

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GM, on the other hand, developed the Silverado EV from scratch. He doesn’t look like his gasoline brother at all.

Numbers

Comparing the truck stats side-by-side, you get the impression GM saw the specifications and options of the Lightning and thought, “We can do a little better. “

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2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST.

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But a Chevrolet spokesperson told Insider that “the development of the Silverado EV was about creating the best possible solutions for our customers, not looking at the competition.”

The starting MSRP for the Silverado is $ 39,900, which is $ 74 lower than the Lightning. The all-important torque is up to 780 pound-feet, a little more than the Lightning’s 775 pound-feet. The Silverado develops up to 664 horsepower, compared to the Lightning’s 563. The Lightning does, however, have a higher maximum payload capacity: 2,000 pounds compared to the Silverado’s 1,300.

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Ford F-150 Lightning.

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Chevrolet boasts a range of 400 miles, 100 miles more than Ford’s estimate for the Lightning. The Silverado can also accept a higher charge rate than its rival – 350 kilowatts versus 150 kilowatts – allowing it to add 100 miles of range in 10 minutes, according to GM. The Silverado EV delivers 10.2 kilowatts of electricity on board, a little more than the 9.6 kilowatts of the F-150.

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Ford F-150 Lightning.

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The verdict

Comparing the Silverado EV and the F-150 Lightning is a bit like comparing apples to apples.

They have their differences, but both add a lot to the table: long reach, lots of performance, attractive styling, and unique features. We’ll have to get these trucks on the road and drive them before we can declare a real winner.

Richard L. Militello