A hybrid drivetrain isn’t exactly an accessory but is is an addition to the normal setup. GM has had hybrid Silverados and Sierras available for a while in six states, Alaska, California, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, and the 2,000 they built sold out. Now they’re making the option available across the country and dealers are snapping them up. The option adds $1,500 to the price but GM is offering rebates of between $4,000 and $5,500 on leftover 2005 models and $1,000 to $3,000 on 2006 models.
One of the biggest selling points isn’t the 10 percent better mileage, which is nice, but is the ability of the trucks to be used as onsite generators. Locked in idle, the trucks can run for as long as 32 hours on one fillup and generate enough electricity to power a house. Contractors on remote sites think it’s a great feature.
If you’re thinking a hybrid truck might be a nice idea, stop by your local GM dealer.