Verizon acquires 576 Chevrolet Silverado hybrids

Posted on Sunday, 6 June 2010 , 15:06:03 byAlina

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Verizon acquires 576 Chevrolet Silverado hybrids

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.

A total of 576 of the two-mode hybrid trucks will be used by Verizon technicians for service calls in urban areas around the country.

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. Two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions are EPA rated at 21/22 mpg city/highway.

GM's two-mode hybrid technology system enables the Silverado to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity alone, and allows the Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine to operate in its more economical V-4 mode for longer periods.

Verizon collaborated with BrandFX Body Company and GM to develop the light-weight fiberglass insert to be installed in the truck's bed. The composite insert, the lightest weatherproof container on the market, will house Verizon's service equipment, such as ladders, wiring, connectors and television set boxes.

The trucks have to be delivered by July with standard pricing for the Two-Mode Silverado starting at $39,335, including $995 destination cost.