Chevy applies hybrid technology to Silverado
Of the many things which separate Chevy from the rest of the other automakers on the planet is its desire to do more with the outstanding technology they have developed. The growing list of Chevy hybrid vehicles is getting a new member later this year with an eAssist version of the 2016 Chevy Silverado. Chevrolet is adapting lessons learned from developing systems for the 2016 Chevy Volt and Malibu Hybrid into making certain models of the 2016 Silverado more efficient. Initial production of a “hybrid” model of the full-size pickup will be pretty limited. Customers interested in one will certainly need to have a conversation with a Don Wheaton sales professional about this truck.
“Silverado is built on a heritage of dependability and leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” Joe De Stefano, brand manager for Chevrolet Trucks in Canada said in a Chevy press release. “The addition of eAssit will help save money at the pump for customers who depend on their trucks in urban environments, without sacrificing any of the utility they have come to depend on.”
Chevrolet will start building the eAssist version of the 2016 Chevy Silverado, with four-wheel drive, toward the end of the production schedule for the current model-year. Adjustments to the production schedule for 2017 models equipped with this technology will be made based on customer feedback.
Where did this technology come from?
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Basics of a hybrid version of the Silverado
The eAssist or hybrid system that is being added to certain models of the 2016 Chevy Silverado is not terribly different from similar systems found with the new Volt or Malibu Hybrid. Additionally, this system is pretty simple. Basically, an electric motor is added to the powertrain of the specially-equipped 2016 Silverado. This will accomplish a couple of things. First, the electrically-powered engine will provide an additional 13 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque for extra power during passing or other increased acceleration needs. Also, the extra electric motor will expand the parameters under which the Active Fuel Management system will remain effective.
What powers the electric motor?
A small, light-weight lithium-ion battery pack, consisting of 24 cells is placed under the center console or front bench seat, depending on interior configuration. The air-cooled .45 kilowatt/hour battery pack is the same type used by the Chevy Malibu Hybrid and provides an additional 15 kilowatts, or a little more than 20 additional horsepower. The best part, the electrical system weights 15 percent less than previous versions.
How much fuel will it use?
Each eAssist version of the 2016 Chevy Silverado will use the EcoTec3 5.3-liter, V-8 engine as its base power plant. A standard setup with six-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive and the 5.3-liter, V-8 will record 15.9 L/100 km in the city. General Motors estimates that the mild-hybrid version of the 2016 Silverado should be able to achieve fuel-consumption scores of up to 14.4 L/100 km. After all, the hybrid Silverado is mainly aimed for those owners who do a bulk of their driving on the highway or through urban environments.
There is still a bit of time before the eAssist version of the 2016 Chevy Silverado will begin production. Anyone interested in this truck should make an appointment with a Don Wheaton sales professional today.