Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Chevrolet Will Offer a Limited Number of 2016 Silverados with eAssist

DURAND, Mich. ––A truck with improved fuel-efficiency. sounds enticing, doesn't it? Chevy will be adding a little more electrification to its already impressive lineup. Chevrolet will offer a limited number of 2016 Silverados with eAssist, which will achieve 13% better fuel economy in city driving.

The electric Chevrolet family of vehicles including the Volt, Malibu Hybrid, Spark EV, and Bolt EV-starting production in late 2016- will see a new member joining them in a limited number in 2016 and possibly larger number in 2017. Chevrolet will be producing 500 eAssist Silverados for 2016 and, based on feedback from consumers, will adjust the number for 2017. The eAssist Silverados will be released exclusively to dealerships in California in 2016. These trucks will utilize technology from the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid and Chevrolet Volt, specifically the battery from the Malibu and software controls from the Volt.

What is eAssist exactly? It's a propulsion system powered by a 24-cell lithium-ion battery pack located under the center console or front bench. The eAssist will be a $500 premium over a 2-wheel drive 1LT comparable, and is powered with a 5.3L EcoTech V-8 automatic transmission. EPA estimates the Silverado eAssist will get 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway which is a 13% increase from its non-eAssist counterpart.

How exactly does the eAssist save you on fuel in the Silverado?

  • The electric on-board motor provides 13-hp and 44 lb-ft of extra power during acceleration and passing. 
  • The electric motor actually allows the engine to work longer in 4-cylinder mode which leads to the improved fuel economy. 
  • Better fuel economy is also achieved through the seamless stop/start engine capability, so when you're sitting in traffic you'll be saving instead of wasting. The engine automatically turns back on when the accelerator is pressed.
  • Regenerative braking is also utilized for recycled power to the on-board battery. 
“Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevrolet Trucks. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.”

Not only does this truck lead in fuel economy, but the 2013 Silverado HD also leads the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment in dependability from JD Powers latest study. If you're itching to get your hands on the steering wheel of a long-lasting truck, or can't simply wait for the eAssist Silverado to make it to a dealership near you, we have 2016 Chevrolet Silverados waiting for you to test-drive. We also have JD Powers' other leading vehicles in dependability- the Midsize Malibu and the Compact SUV Equinox.

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