2016 Chevrolet Silverado eAssist Joins Sierra in California
500 Units Allocated to Golden State Dealers
When we got the release ahead of time yesterday announcing the GMC Sierra eAssist, we were wondering if the mild hybrid system would also be offered on the Silverado. Today we have the answer in the affirmative. As with the GMC, initial allocations will be exclusively earmarked for California dealers. However, in the case of the Chevy, a larger volume of 500 pickups will go out, compared to 200 for the Sierra.
Mechanical details are essentially identical to the Sierra model, being an option on 2WD 5.3L trucks with the eight-speed transmission. In the Chevy’s case, the eAssist system will be paired with the 1LT trim on Crew Cabs. An additional tidbit disclosed in the Silverado release not initially included in the Sierra release was the option price for eAssist. On the Silverado, it’s a very reasonable $500. The EPA fuel economy estimates improve 2 mpg each in the city and highway, to 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, with a 20 mpg combined rating. As with the Sierra, the system can temporarily provide up to 13 hp and 44 lb-ft of boost under high-load conditions.
The eAssist mild hybrid system also brings auto stop-start to the Silverado and regenerative braking, sending power back to the 0.45 kWh battery pack. The battery pack is much lower capacity than conventional or plug-in hybrids. By comparison, the Malibu Hybrid’s battery is 1.5 kWh, and the Volt plug-in hybrid is 18.4 kWh.