Did you know there is only one hybrid truck on the market? And the fact that the Chevrolet Silverado can be bought with a hybrid powerplant gives it a huge advantage in the gas mileage department. The hybrid pickup truck is powered by a 6.0 liter V-8 engine that has electric motors that run on battery power for extra boost. These electric motors help boost the fuel economy of the truck to 20 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway.
It is a well-known fact that General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, survived the recent economic depression due to the U.S. government’s bailout. But had they not, the hybrid version of the Silverado pickup line wouldn’t have been able to prove its worth as a big version of a hybrid vehicle. Full-sized pickup trucks have been the bane of motorists and know for getting bad gas mileage. Economists and environmentalists for years not just for economical reasons but also for the fact that it takes up a lot of space anywhere it goes. But the Chevy Silverado 1500 Hybrid is now out to make amends on behalf of its kind for its gas guzzling ways.
It’s still huge, yes, for it needs to compete in the full size pickup segment where it is the only one that offers a hybrid version (the GMC Sierra Hybrid technically doesn’t count as a competitor). A few of the Chevy Silverado 1500 Hybrid’s main amenities includes Onstar Vehicle Assistance, Bluetooth, Bose audio system, 18” alloy wheels, leather trims and power everything – something that would make most luxury sedans pale in comparison. Buyers who can shell out a minimum of $39,000 for this vehicle can also choose between a 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive system. That is quite a bit more money to get a better gas mileage. If you drive many mile then the hybrid version will save you money at the pump.
Main power comes from a 6.0 liter V8 engine which already kicks out 332 horses, but when paired with the 60kW electric motor (aka 2-Mode System), the Silverado Hybrid produces a grand total of 379hp and fuel consumption is maximized with the electric motor helping out. This system produces a surprisingly thrifty EPA city/highway rated fuel consumption of 20/23mpg or a 21mpg combined average on a 26 gallons fuel tank capacity. To put things in proper perspective, most of the competitors in the full-sized pickup segment chugs up 15mpg in city driving alone which makes the Silverado Hybrid on a class of its own.
Although it still hogs the roadways and takes up a parking space and a half, in some good way it‘s surreal to see a hybrid full sized pickup truck running around on the roads. But is the better fuel economy worth the extra cost of a hybrid truck versus a smaller displacement gas powered motor.