With all of the new and used hybrids out there to choose from, have
you stopped and considered a truck when looking at new or used hybrids?
When most people think of new or used hybrids they think of cars.
But the truck makers are also getting in on the hybrid craze. The only new
or used hybrids that are available in a truck model is the Chevrolet
Silverado Hybrid at this time, but you can be sure that the other big makers
will be right behind them. Is a hybrid truck really worth looking at when
you go shopping for new or used hybrids? To answer that question,
please read the article below. The author gives her opinions and
observations of the new Silverado Hybrid Pickup. Don't take her word for
it though. Do your own research before you go out shopping for new or
Chevy Silverado Hybrid Pickup 2005 Revs It Up In Performance Parts at
by: Jenny McLane
Vehicles with bigger, less fuel-efficient engines will benefit more from
hybrid technology, thus big pickup trucks, vans and SUVs are prime
candidates for the gas-saving benefits of hybrid technology. The Chevy
Silverado hybrid pickup feature GM's 5300 Vortec V-8 and Hydra-Matic 4L60-E
four-speed automatic transmission, coupled with hybrid technology that
delivers 10 to 12 percent improved fuel economy over GM half-ton pickups.
It features a powerful 42-volt lead-acid battery pack underneath the rear
seat, an auxiliary starter-generator between the engine and the transmission, an
electronic control module, and a regenerative braking system, which charges the
battery while braking, and coasting.
With an auxiliary generator capability, the truck's generator can operate
when the truck is parked without a key in the ignition. The hybrid Chevrolet
Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups could power tools or appliances for up to 32
hours non-stop. This design shuts the engine down before the tank is emptied,
leaving enough gas to drive to a station for refueling. All power supply
circuits are protected by a ground fault detection system to prevent overloads
and short circuits.
A compact electric motor that generates up to 14,000 watts of continuous
electric power makes these pickup trucks more fuel-efficient. The main function
of the three deep-cycle lead acid batteries is to assist the starter generator
to instantly restart the engine. When the Silverado Hybrid comes to a stop while
in Drive or Park, the engine will automatically shut off. When the driver takes
his/her foot off the brake and puts it on the accelerator, the engine re-starts
automatically and almost seamlessly.
One feature of GM's Hybrid pickups that is likely to attract buyers is its
two 120 volt power outlets inside the box near the tailgate, and another two 120
volt outlets inside the rear cab. These can be used for power tools,
compressors, generators, heaters, appliances or any other electrical appliance.
The outlets can be deactivated with a button on the dashboard to avoid any
unauthorized use of the external 120 volts outlets.
The Silverado Hybrid extended cab is a comfortable, smooth-riding pickup with
a quiet, V8 engine, a roomy cab with good ventilation and excellent outward
visibility, and a rugged durable chassis.
GM's new gas-electric pickup truck, the Chevy Silverado Hybrid pickup, is the
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About The Author
Jenny McLane is a 36 year old native of Iowa and has a knack for research
on cars and anything and everything about it. She works full time as a
Market Analyst for one of the leading car parts suppliers in the country