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Anyone check out the Silverado hybrid?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by LB Landscaping, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

    Saw a couple the other day, seems kind of neat. It would be cool to be able to run power off of your truck on the jobsite or camping. Sits kind of low to the ground, fuel savings isn't that great either. I'd be interested in hearing anyone who has driven one to see how they perform.
     
  2. sixspeed

    sixspeed Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    We took one for a ride 2 Saturdays ago - performs same as normal 5.3 only difference is it shuts off at lights and runs on the battery. It has regenerative braking so when you let off the gas and coast to a stop it feels like it has a slight drag that's the generator charging the battery. Unfortunately no plow prep package and since there's not much mileage gains the hybrid will likely go the way of quadrasteer... MPG was rated about 1mpg better ho-hum.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2005
  3. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 324

    Yeah they claimed like 10% savings in fuel, the upgrade to hybrid is only $1500 though, doesn't seem too high. I just like the built in generator.
     
  4. sixspeed

    sixspeed Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    It does have lots of outlets, would be nice to run things or recharge tools... One other nice thing is that it has an increased powertrain warranty - something like 7 years 80K miles.
     
  5. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    only 1mpg increase w/ all that extra crap onboard.. does kinda seem like a futureless option........
     
  6. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    what about that new motor that shuts down 4 cylinders. i think its called displacement on demand. is that out yet.
     
  7. sixspeed

    sixspeed Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    They say 2007 Tahoes (which will start taking orders in December and shipping early next year (I think they said shipping early next year)) are the first full size dod vehicles. Hope they're better than the "V-864" Cadillac motor of a few years back So far they seem to be; they're out in the Trailblazer EXT and they haven't had problems.

    IMHO I can't figure out the Silverado hybrid either. Maybe it's an interim to help GM's C A F E stats or it figures in to their 'most fuel efficient" marketing stuff.
     
  8. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    The GM hybrid is really only a minor hybrid. It still uses the same old 5.3L V-8... but has a small electric motor that "assists" the v-8...But it does have the ability to produce line quality 110v 20amp power.. which owuld be very nice to have on remote job site where power is not available. Also people are complaining about only a 1-2 mpg gain.. well how may guys go out and get a custom tuned PCM to gain 1-2MPG???

    I give them credit... They improved gas milage, plus you now have a built in generator. I would buy it if they offered the option on a HD....Hell 2 mpg will give me almost 440 miles per tank...
     
  9. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    How much per tank???? i got 230 miles out of my last tank of 26 gallons.....
     
  10. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    Regular cab long bed has 36 gallon tank... at 10mpg I will get 360...at 12 it is 432
     
  11. Merc1100sc

    Merc1100sc Senior Member
    Messages: 245

    gotcha.. i was thinkin u had a 26gal tank
     
  12. GetMore

    GetMore Senior Member
    Messages: 179

    The thing to pay attention to with them is how they produce the power.
    They no longer have an alternator or a starter.
    This is probably how all vehicles are going to be going, since they are moving to a 42V electrical system and the little alternators in use today won't be able to put out enough power.
     
  13. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238


    My father in law has that in his Cadillac and he is getting 28mpg on the highway...

    that is an 03 I think...

    Derek