Chevy Releases Hybrid Silverado Pricing

Chevy announced pricing for the 2009 Silverado Two-Mode Hybrid pickup today. The 2WD model starts at $38,995 plus a $975 destination charge and gets 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The 4WD model will get 20 mpg city and highway and likely add about $3,000 to the price.

"For customers who need a full-size truck, but want much better fuel economy, the Silverado Hybrid is the clear answer," said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. "It offers over 40-percent greater efficiency in city driving and a 25-percent overall increase in fuel economy, without compromising power or towing capability."

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  1. "While the hybrid’s fuel economy is significantly better than that of the standard half-ton Silverado, the towing capacity decreases from 10,700 lbs to 6,100 lbs. Chevy offered no details on which trailering savvy customers will be willing to pay a $12,000 premium for a 43% reduction in towing capacity."
    Well, let me think about that.
    This gets about 21 MPG, the Silverado XFE gets 17 MPG. The cost of gas is at $2.00, so $12,000/$2=6,000 gallons. The hybrid is about 20% more efficient (dunno where Ed Peper got the 25% from). So you'd need to use about 30,000 gallons to net 6,000 gallons saved to break even.
    Therefore, if I bought the truck, and immediately went out and drove 630,000 miles (30,000 gallons of gas at 21 MPG per), this would break even.
    /my bum is sore thinking about it
    //hope gas prices don't go any lower or this math might start to get ugly, lol
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