As part of an initiative to green its fleet, Verizon purchased 576 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrids, the world’s only two-mode hybrid pickup. The Silverado’s two-mode hybrid system blends an internal combustion engine with battery-powered electric motors to offer customers the advanced technology needed to reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
“When Verizon first approached us about environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles for their urban drivers, we knew the Silverado Hybrid was the perfect fit because of its outstanding city and highway MPG ratings,” said Brian Small, GM Fleet and Commercial Operation general manager. “Immediately the team went to work to meet Verizon’s ambitious July delivery deadline.”
The 2010 Silverado Hybrid is a full-size, fully capable, V8-powered truck that delivers up to a 40 percent improvement in city fuel economy. By applying GM's unique two-mode hybrid technology, the Silverado Hybrid provides fuel efficiency with an EPA estimated 21 MPG city and 22 MPG highway, the best fuel economy of any full-size pickup. At 21 MPG city, it delivers the city fuel economy a 4-cylinder sedan.
GM's two-mode system maintains the truck’s dependability, performance and utility, while significantly improving fuel efficiency. GM’s two-mode hybrid technology system not only enables the Silverado to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity alone, it allows the Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine to operate in its more economical V-4 mode for longer periods. This technology is the only hybrid system capable of being used in full-size trucks, which further emphasizes Chevrolet's full-size truck leadership.