GM switches to Trademark PowerBase, Chevy’s Ford Pro Power competitor
In case anyone thought that the name of the General Motors accessory “power bar” that will debut in the all-electric 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV was the end of the “power” naming scheme for its abilities to charge and to power other things, from tools to your home, think again. The PowerBase name is for the most part officially official, and it won’t be up for grabs if wandering eyes and ears were to come across the same tag. Since there is power in names, General Motors began to register a trademark for its term PowerBase applied to an inverter.
As reported by GM Authority, the trademark application, serial number 97200205, was filed on January 3, 2022, two days before Chevy officially unveiled the Silverado EV at CES. The company also filed two other trademark applications on January 3: Wide Open Watts (serial number 97200237, and likely a variation of the Hummer EV’s WTF drive mode, a maximum power setting called “Watts to Freedom”), described as an “electronic propulsion control system for electric land vehicles” and Driveware (serial number 97200196), described as “computer software, cameras, ultrasonic sensors, global positioning system and radar object detectors for semi-driving Autonomous Motor Vehicle”, free SuperCruise-style system with new branding.
The PowerBase power bar accessory plugs into the Silverado’s CCS charging port and adds two more 120-volt outlets and another 240-volt outlet, contributing to the Silverado EV’s 10 total power outlets. As for the other seven outlets? There are four 120-volt outlets and a single 240-volt outlet in the pickup bed plus one in the center console and in the center console. The PowerBase can charge another electric vehicle, with a charge rate close to that of a Level 2 home charger, just like the Ford F-150 Lightning. In total, the system can export up to 10.2 kW of power, a slight increase over the 9.6 kW Pro Power Onboard option of the electric F-150 Lightning. Needless to say, both systems should be able to power a home during a power outage.