Chevrolet Announces First-Ever Electric Silverado Pickup

As part of its commitment to release 30 electric vehicles globally by the end of 2025, Chevrolet has announced it will build an all-electric version of the popular Silverado pickup truck right here in the U.S. The electric Silverado will be built at the former Detroit-Hamtramck plant, now named Factory ZERO. This plant will be dedicated to building only EVs, including the electric Silverado and the upcoming GMC Hummer EV.

While no major details have been released about the electric truck, Chevrolet estimates that it’ll have an impressive range of more than 400 miles on a full charge. Additionally, Chevy will use its 100 years of truck expertise to ensure the electric Silverado is equally as capable as its gasoline-powered sibling. Chevy hasn’t announced when the truck will be released, but sources estimate it’ll go on sale in early 2024 and a 2023 model.

In addition to investing over $2 billion in Factory ZERO, General Motors is investing $2.3 billion in a new Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. That plant is slated to open in 2023 and open up 1,300 new jobs. Ultium Cells LLC is a joint venture between GM and LG Energy Solution, and the Spring Hill plant will be the second Ultium plant in the country. The other plant, which also received a $2.3 billion investment, is located in Lordstown, Ohio.

Stay tuned to Stingray Chevrolet of Bartow’s blog for more news on the upcoming electric Silverado. Can’t wait? See current lease options on the gas-powered Chevy Silverado 1500 so you have a short-term truck solution while you wait for the EV version’s release.

GM Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2040

Climate change is impacting our lives more than ever, and many people (and companies) are wondering how they can help leave a better world behind for future generations. Stingray Chevrolet in Bartow, Florida, has the scoop on how General Motors, the biggest automaker in America, plans to do its part.

In January, General Motors revealed that it will achieve full carbon neutrality in both its vehicles and manufacturing processes by 2040. Mary Barra, the Chairman and CEO of GM, stated, “General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world.”

To achieve its lofty goal, General Motors plans to use a science-based approach that will eliminate all tailpipe emissions from its entire fleet of light-duty vehicles by 2035. GM is also ramping up the planned electrification of its lineup with a $27 billion investment to convert as much as 40 percent of its lineup to battery power by 2025.

One of the biggest keys to GM’s carbon neutral goal is its innovative Ultium battery. Many GM factories across the United States are being retrofitted to develop and manufacture the Ultium battery, which will power the automaker’s upcoming electric models.

The future of electric vehicles is coming to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow, and it starts this spring with the arrival of the all-new 2022 Bolt and Bolt EUV. Contact our sales team to learn more how you can do your part to make a better tomorrow and enjoy an exciting drive in the process.

Chevrolet Shows Off Future Electrification Technology

At the 2020 SEMA360 Show, Chevrolet revealed its future electrification technology in the form of a 1977 K5 Blazer that was transformed into an all-electric vehicle, as part of a demonstration of Chevy’s eCrate conversion system.

To convert the 1977 vehicle, the team removed its original engine and replaced it with a Chevy Bolt EV electric motor capable of generating 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The team removed the transmission, fuel system, and exhaust, but did not update the rest of the drivetrain.

The new K5 Blazer-E stands as a proof of concept for Chevrolet Performance’s upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2021. Chevy first previewed its eCrate method via the 2018 Chevy eCOPO Camaro. 2019 saw the release of the Chevrolet E-10.

Stingray Chevrolet Bartow will be able to install the 60-kWh Electric Connect and Cruise Package, which includes a 60-kWh battery pack, a DC-to-AC power inverter for the 200-horsepower motor, wiring harnesses, controllers, water pumps, and more.

Russ O’Blenes, Director of Engineering for Chevrolet, expressed his excitement over the possibilities enabled by Chevy’s future electric technology: “The K5 Blazer-E demonstrates what is possible for customers who want to convert their vintage truck to a daily driver with the instant torque and unique driving experience of an EV.”

Going green shouldn’t force you to make compromises. With the upcoming Electric Connect and Cruise Package, Chevrolet ensures that you can convert your vintage automobile into a future-ready ride.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Academy Teaches About EV Benefits

There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle, besides the obvious. Now you can learn about all those benefits through the newly-launched Bolt EV Academy from Chevrolet.

A handy series of 15 videos help educate consumers on all the aspects of the Bolt. Current Bolt EV owners will see what it’s capable of while future Bolt owners can see how easy and fun it is to live with an all-electric vehicle.

There’s a video that explains home charging basics, such as how much time it takes and how to do it properly. They even explain how to install an efficient home charging station, or how charging on a road trip works with a network of over 2,800 charging locations.

The videos explain how to use the driver’s display screens for battery level awareness, safety feature activation or even syncing with your phone.

Bolt EV Academy also explores the innovative one-pedal driving system and regen-on-demand technology. Just using the accelerator can help power the car’s battery and save wear and tear on your brakes.

You can find all these handy tips and tricks straight from the engineers who developed the Ford Bolt EV. Visit the automaker’s official YouTube page or Chevrolet.com to learn more, or pay a visit to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow to test drive a Bolt EV.