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Zero-Emission 2014 Chevy Silverado Model Now Available

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2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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It doesn't get much attention as a green vehicle, but the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck line is the best-selling vehicle line at General Motors.

Now there's a zero-emission version, and it's available today.

That means that you can acquire one even before this spring's launch of the all-new models with more efficient V-6 and V-8 gasoline engines.

There's a slight catch, of course.

As you might expect, this one is considerably lighter--and dimensionally more compact--than the versions fitted with gasoline engines.

Surprisingly, its design is flatter and blockier than the carefully smoothed lines of the new gasoline trucks coming in a few months.

And it carries considerably less cargo than the less fuel-efficient gasoline models, whose heaviest versions are likely to come with load ratings exceeding 10,000 pounds.

(Load capacity is a huge mark of macho status in the full-size pickup truck world--even though you compare rated capacities among makers at your peril.)

You might think that a zero-emission Silverado pickup truck would take a similar approach to VIA Motors, which fits a battery pack and electric motor in converted GM pickups to permit all-electric running.

But in fact the emissions-free 2014 Silverado--which, today, is offered exclusively online by a special GM division--has no batteries or electric motors.

Rather than describe the technological details, we defer to the maker for its full description.

Check out GM's innovative and unexpected approach to zero-emission truck design:

2014 Chevrolet Silverado zero-emission vehicle

We're certainly impressed.

Are you?

Leave us your thoughts in the Comments below.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

[hat tip: Jason Lancaster]

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Comments (13)
  1. Fits in my volt!
     
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  2. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA, should have saved it for April 1st.
     
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  3. Is this supposed to be funny. I wasted 5 minutes reading this joke article and it's not even f*ck-in April fools day. Thanks for wasting my time jerks.
     
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  4. Wow, Phil, anger management issues much? Most humans liked this, perhaps you need to be with your own species, instead? And four errors in two short sentences? Perhaps you need to be working more on your GED and less on general bitterness at the world.
     
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  5. *facepalm*
     
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  6. A little early for april fools isn't it?
     
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  7. Is it Valentine's Day or April Fool's?!
     
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  8. I find this article misleading in the following way:
    This is NOT a zero emissions vehicle. When you do an in-depth analysis of the well-to-wheel manufacturing process and freight shipping that is required to bring this vehicle to market, there is a HUGE discrepancy in it's "Zero-emissions" claim! Despite this vehicle's small size it pollutes a lot. Plus those "Sharp" edges are so 1990 chevy. Way to NOT innovate here. Huge bust GM.
     
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  9. Yeah, I totally went to Chevy's website, even all the way through the "2014 Silverado" page, hoping this was true... hoping. :| It would be a smart move, but... oh well. :/

    (hey, us EV drivers actually have big dreams... haha)
     
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  10. Looks Chinese.
     
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  11. This really is GM's best attempt at zero emission vehicles! The paper art project looks a little better than a Volt too!
     
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  12. The salesman who I let do the paperwork on my '97 Silverado promised me that, by 2002, GM would have Hybrid trucks out to meet the CARB rules, was a few years off.

    This one seems a little under powered to me.
     
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  13. I was hoping this was a peddle power truck for little humans. But even then the power source would have emissions issues.
     
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