A closer look at Chevy’s $105,000 electric truck and its expanding bed

Car companies are betting on a future full of

electric vehicles. One great way to sell Americans on the idea: Give them the

trucks they know and love, but without the gas.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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And crosstown rival Chevrolet is following suit with its Silverado EV, which goes on sale next year.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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Why buy a Silverado EV over an F-150 Lightning? The

Chevy’s extremely innovative bed is one fantastic reason.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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I got an early look at the top-of-the-line, $105,000 Silverado RST and am here to show you around its ingenious and feature-packed bed.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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The 5-foot-11-inch box is incredibly versatile and can expand by around four feet to accommodate bigger items like kayaks.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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That’s thanks to a clever feature Chevy calls the MultiFlex Midgate. The modular wall between the cab and bed can be configured in a bunch of different ways.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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You can fold down one section to slide in a long item without sacrificing all back-seat space.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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You need to fold the middle and left seat, but someone can still sit in the right one.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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For even wider cargo, you can collapse both panels.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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But this configuration leaves nowhere for people to sit in the back seat.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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Or you can collapse the entire MultiFlex Midgate, rear window and all, creating a humongous opening to the cab.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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The midgate folds neatly onto the rear seatbacks.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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With the midgate open, the Silverado EV provides just over nine feet of storage between the cab and tailgate.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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Another feature — the MultiFlex Tailgate — increases usable storage space even more.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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Flipping up a backstop lengthens the bed to 10 feet 10 inches. Owners can haul long boards without them sliding out of the bed.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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The MultiFlex Tailgate is available on other

Chevy trucks. It looks like a regular tailgate, but packs extra capabilities.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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It’s made up of two swinging pieces that can create a step when fully unfolded.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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The Silverado EV’s bed is packed full of other features aimed at convincing Americans to consider an

electric truck.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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Outlets on either side of the bed can provide 10.2 kilowatts of power. The truck can power tools on a job site or act as a backup generator in emergencies.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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The truck will also have lights to illuminate the bed.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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But this preproduction model just had stickers.

The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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Steps built into the corners of the truck can help owners climb into the bed or reach inside.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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There’s also a step in the middle of the bumper.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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And if nearly 11 feet of bed space still isn’t enough, you can always chuck some stuff in the frunk.

The Chevrolet Silverado EV electric pickup truck.
The Chevrolet Silverado EV.
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