The electric Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck goes on sale next year.
We got an early look at the top-of-the-line, $105,000 Silverado RST.
It has one of the coolest beds of any pickup.
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.
That's what Ford is doing with the F-150 Lightning.
And crosstown rival Chevrolet is following suit with its Silverado EV, which goes on sale next year.
Why buy a Silverado EV over an F-150 Lightning? The Chevy's extremely innovative bed is one fantastic reason.
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 5-foot-11-inch box is incredibly versatile and can expand by around four feet to accommodate bigger items like kayaks.
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.
You can fold down one section to slide in a long item without sacrificing all back-seat space.
You need to fold the middle and left seat, but someone can still sit in the right one.
For even wider cargo, you can collapse both panels.
But this configuration leaves nowhere for people to sit in the back seat.
Or you can collapse the entire MultiFlex Midgate, rear window and all, creating a humongous opening to the cab.
The midgate folds neatly onto the rear seatbacks.
With the midgate open, the Silverado EV provides just over nine feet of storage between the cab and tailgate.
Another feature — the MultiFlex Tailgate — increases usable storage space even more.
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 MultiFlex Tailgate is available on other Chevy trucks. It looks like a regular tailgate, but packs extra capabilities.
It's made up of two swinging pieces that can create a step when fully unfolded.
The Silverado EV's bed is packed full of other features aimed at convincing Americans to consider an electric truck.
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 truck will also have lights to illuminate the bed.
But this preproduction model just had stickers.
Steps built into the corners of the truck can help owners climb into the bed or reach inside.
There's also a step in the middle of the bumper.
And if nearly 11 feet of bed space still isn't enough, you can always chuck some stuff in the frunk.
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