General Motors is stepping up its efforts in the hybrid game with its second generation Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid pickup. The new Silverado Hybrid goes far beyond what the first generation "mild hybrid" model could achieve and instead uses GM's much-touted 2-mode hybrid system.
The standard gasoline-powered Silverado is already the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market, but the 2-mode hybrid system -- which is shared with the Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade hybrids -- boosts efficiency even further. The Silverado Hybrid can travel up to 30 MPH under electric power alone (even while towing) and still has the ability to tow up to 6,100 pounds.
The 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery used in the Silverado Hybrid is mounted under the rear seats. A 300-volt air conditioning compressor is also used to cool passengers even with the gasoline engine is not running.
When all is said and done, the 2-mode hybrid powertrain boosts the fuel efficiency of the Silverado by 40 percent in the city and 25 percent overall. This achievement is quite remarkable when you consider that the Silverado Hybrid is still packing a 6.0 liter V8 engine with 332 HP and 367 lb-ft of torque.
GM also notes that thanks to the hybrid powertrain and its 26-gallon fuel tank, the Silverado Hybrid will travel more than 500 miles on a single tank of gas.
"The Silverado Hybrid is the newest example of Chevy's heritage of truck innovation, which stretches back 90 years, and exemplifies Chevrolet's commitment to fuel solutions," said Chevrolet general manager Ed Peper. "Silverado Hybrid will deliver fuel economy comparable to many small and midsize trucks that are equipped with four- or six-cylinder engines -- all while delivering the capability customers expect of Chevy full-size trucks."
The 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid will launch in late 2008 and will be available on Crew Cab models in both 2WD and 4WD trim levels.
quote: If you have such a truck or are seriously thinking about buying one, then the 40% improvement likely has your riveted attention, regardless of what the actual numbers are.
quote: notice they still don't tell you the actual milage? just the "40% improvement?"
quote: I do believe Ford is looking into a smaller Diesel for their F-150. I hope GM/Dodge/Toyota start looking that way as well.
quote: Because diesels suck. They are noisy, smelly, and hard to find gas for them.
quote: GM also notes that thanks to the hybrid powertrain and its 26-gallon fuel tank, the Silverado Hybrid will travel more than 500 miles on a single tank of gas.
quote: I am very skeptic of Hybrids - not the fact that they increase fuel mileage - but that the costs of a Hybrid in the long run are actually more expensive.
quote: a big high voltage battery, and my passengers are sitting on it? granted, that big steel housing is protecting the battery, but still. what if there is an accident?
quote: Once we get closer to 15-20 billion people things will really start to break down
quote: The right ans is to apply a $5,000 surcharge on these pigs for needlessly polluting the environment and taking that money to promote the use of smaller vehicles.
quote: You must be republican. There are times when government and world bodies actually have a role and obligation to play for the common good. I think this is one of them. I pay taxes for products and service I will never use, but I understand their value. I don't call it socialism. I call it being practical
quote: Communist value judgement. Punishing those with whom we disagree.
quote: LOL. Four sentence in all that below. If you wanted to win the argument by boring me to death - mission accomplished! I give.
quote: I'm afraid that moving 4 tons still takes more energy than moving 1 ton. Never mind the efficiency - it's the philosophy being argued. So step up from the weeds and look at the big picture.
quote: I realy don't need any "proof" that burning fossil fuels is not a good thing for the environment.
quote: You must be republican.