General Motors and Verizon have announced that Verizon is purchasing 576 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Two-Mode Hybrid pickups as part of the telecommunication company's efforts to add 1,600 alternative energy vehicles to its service fleet this year.
The Silverado Hybrid combines an electrically variable transmission that houses two 60kW electric motors with a multi-displacement 6.0-liter V-8 gas engine. Depending on engine load, the electric motors alone can drive the truck up to 25 mph. As the V-8 kicks in, the electric motors seamlessly support it, individually or in tandem, at low and high speeds, helping the engine enter fuel-saving four-cylinder mode sooner and stay in it longer to achieve better fuel economy. Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions are EPA rated at 21/22 mpg city/highway.
Standard pricing for the Two-Mode Silverado starts at $39,335, including $995 destination cost.
Verizon placed the order for the hybrid pickups, with Fairway Motors, a woman-owned Chevrolet dealership in Hazelton, Penn. The trucks have to be delivered by July and they'll include special lightweight fiberglass caps to protect equipment in the cargo box.
But while Verizon gets cutting-edge Silverado Hybrids, they still don't get the Apple iPhone.
[Source: General Motors]