Chevrolet is introducing a new mild-hybrid system to the 2016 Silverado, which will improve fuel economy and even add a bit of extra power to the already brawny pickup truck.
The system, called eAssist, is made up of a single electric motor and 0.45-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which will work alongside the 5.3-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic in Silverado pickup trucks equipped with rear-wheel-drive.
Unlike full hybrid powertrains, the eAssist propulsion system is lightweight, only increasing weight by about 100 pounds while simultaneously providing an extra 13 horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque. As a result, fuel economy is expected to improve by about 13%, or two miles per gallon.
For now, the automaker is tentatively rolling out the system on just 500 Chevrolet Silverado eAssist models in California. If the response is good, the automaker will ramp up production for the 2017 model year, which is when we expect we’ll see the model roll into Charlotte Chevrolet dealerships. We’ll keep you posted on it’s release here in the area!