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Vehicle to Load (V2L) and PowerBase – Quick Start

Vehicle to Load (V2L) describes the process of using your electric vehicle to power another device. Some electric vehicles are equipped with outlets that can use the energy stored in your vehicle’s battery to power things like tools. You can also use your vehicle to charge devices such as laptops and smartphones.


Remember that using your vehicle’s battery to power devices can affect your driving range. See your Owner’s Manual for more details.

Some GM electric vehicles have the PowerBase feature, which lets you plug devices into several outlets available on your vehicle.


Most electronic devices should work normally with PowerBase. However, some tools with high initial power draws, such as large or older saws and air compressors, may exceed the system inverter’s capability.


You can even use these outlets while your vehicle is off. To do this, go to the Settings menu in your infotainment system while your vehicle is on and adjust the outlet settings.


Use the PowerBase app™ on your touch-screen display to manage the power flow to the devices you have plugged in. You can use this app to set a time limit on how long you supply power from your vehicle’s battery. You can also set a range reserve limit, so you’ll know you have the battery power to make it to your destination after powering a device.


On select Chevrolet Silverado EV Work Trucks, the PowerBase system may include:

  • Six 120V outlets throughout the vehicle and one 240V outlet in the truck bed.
  • The 120V outlets are powered by two 20-amp circuits with a maximum power draw of 2.4 kW each, for a total of 4.8 kW of 120V power.
  • The 240V outlet is powered by a 30-amp circuit with a maximum power draw of 7.2 kW.
  • The total system power draw cannot exceed 7.2 kW across both 120V and 240V outlets.

Safety Considerations When Using V2L/PowerBase

1. Do not use the system in wet or rainy conditions.

2. Do not use electrical devices with the system that are not working properly or have faulty connections. Do not use any devices with loose-fitting connections, especially when the vehicle is moving.

3. Disconnect devices when no longer in use.

For your security, please don’t include personal info such as phone number, address or credit card details.

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Is there a data connection in the vehicle that I can use for The Wall Street Journal In-Vehicle App?

Yes, you can use your In-Vehicle Data connection to use the app.

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