The Tesla Cybertruck and the GMC Hummer EV are two of the most popular electric pickup trucks in the auto industry right now, although the latter will likely be the first to reach dealerships. However, Tesla managed to get plenty of fans excited with the announcement of the Cybertruck a few years ago, while some features and design elements were tweaked over the last few years.
Meanwhile, the GMC Hummer EV is the hottest electric truck you can buy right now, with enviable features under the hood. So when the Tesla supertruck eventually hits the markets, how do we expect the Hummer EV to fare?
This calls for a detailed comparison between the Tesla Cybertruck and the GMC Hummer EV. Although some of the aspects of the Cybertruck are still a mystery at this point, we will use the hardware confirmed either by Tesla or by other reliable sources.
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the GMC Hummer EV vs Tesla Cybertruck comparison.
GMC Hummer EV vs Tesla Cybertruck
The GMC Hummer EV has undergone small changes, although the design remains largely unchanged from the H1, H2, and H3. However, the unique full-width LED lighting and the overall upright shape of the EV is expected to turn some heads. The width offered by the Hummer EV is pretty decent as well.
The Tesla EV takes a completely revolutionary approach when it comes to design as evidenced by several teasers and promos offered by the company. Naturally, not everybody likes it, but it has surely built up a big fanbase already. Tesla will reportedly use stainless steel panels on Cybertruck’s body, making it stand out from the crowd. It’s unlikely that the manufacturer will make any major design changes to the Tesla Cybertruck before it is launched.
Winner – Tied
One thing is clear with both EVs – they’re very quick. So this is going to be a close battle between the two juggernauts expected to change the electric truck industry in the U.S.
Starting with Tesla’s truck, the company has said that it can offer a 0 to 60 mph acceleration of just 2.9 seconds, making it among the quickest out there. Bear in mind that this figure comes from the all-wheel-drive variant of the Tesla Cybertruck with a tri-motor setup. The manufacturer has also said that the single motor variant will reach the same mark in 6.5 seconds while the dual-motor AWD variant can touch the 0-60 mph mark in just 4.5 seconds.
The GMC Hummer EV, on the other hand, uses a combination of two electric motors on the rear and one in the front for a combined 1,000 hp of power. As per GMC, this allows the Hummer EV to touch the 0-60 mph mark in just 3 seconds. While this isn’t exactly faster than the top-tier Cybertruck variant, it’s still pretty snappy in conventional terms. The GMC Hummer EV also comes with the new CrabWalk feature onboard.
Barring a few pictures shared by Tesla during and after the initial Cybertruck unveiling, we don’t have much to go on. However, as per the images currently available, the Cybertruck is sure to be roomy and come equipped with all the characteristics we see on current Teslas, including the display accompanied by wireless charging. It is also known at this point that Tesla will use an aircraft-style yoke steering wheel with the Cybertruck, much like the refreshed Tesla Model S and Model X variants.
The Hummer EV uses a very streamlined design inside, akin to Hummer models of the past. Users will see the inclusion of a large display console accompanied by a standard-size steering wheel. Real-world tests have shown that the Hummer EV is pretty spacious on the inside, and can comfortably seat 5 adults with enough legroom.
Given the kind of internal features we see on current Teslas, it’s hard to see how the Cybertruck can be beaten by any other branded EV in terms of interior characteristics. Keeping this in mind, we go with the Tesla Cybertruck in this round.
Winner – Cybertruck
One aspect that stood out with the popular GMC Hummer EV Super Bowl ad is that the EV would feature 11,500 lb-ft of torque. This number was so big that it has led many to believe that it may have been an overestimation on GMC’s part. Some believe that the EV’s actual torque would be somewhere close to 715 and 834 lb-ft, in line with other pickups in its segment.
Although Tesla hasn’t officially confirmed this, reports estimate that the Cybertruck will offer torque of more than 1,000 lb-ft. Based on this alone, it’s pretty clear which EV takes the cake.
As per GMC’s estimates, the Hummer EV can run for up to 350 miles before needing a charge. This is on par with the range offered by most EVs available in the market today, although certainly not the best.
Tesla has said that the tri-motor variant of the Cybertruck will cover more than 500 miles on a single charge whereas the single motor version is expected to run for up to 250 miles. Since the Cybertruck is yet to reach the markets, the official EPA range is yet to be ascertained.
Oddly enough, GMC is yet to post the official towing capacity for the Hummer EV. However, going by the manufacturer’s previous pickup trucks, it’s safe to assume that it should be able to carry at least 10,000 to 12,000 lbs on its own.
Meanwhile, Tesla has said that the Cybertruck will have a towing capacity of more than 14,000 lbs, though we’re yet to receive concrete information on this front.
The Cybertruck will have a payload capacity of 3,500 pounds as per the manufacturer, which puts it on par with modern-day pickup trucks.
However, despite taking reservations for the vehicle there’s no precise word on the payload the GMC Hummer EV can manage. Some reports have suggested that it could be within the range of 1,500 and 3,500 pounds.
GMC will first launch the Edition 1 model of the Hummer EV which costs $112,595. However, the manufacturer will also bring lower-priced models, including the GMC Hummer EV2 which starts at $79,995. The dual-motor AWD version of the GMC Hummer EV (known as the EV2X) will have a starting price of $89,995. Meanwhile, the Hummer EV 3X with a tri-motor AWD setup will set customers back by $99,995.
During the unveiling of the Cybertruck in Los Angeles, Elon Musk said that the electric pickup will start at $39,900 without incentives. He also said that there will be variants of the Cybertruck that cost $49,900 and $69,900.
The first batch of the GMC Hummer EV won’t reach dealerships until at least Fall 2021. However, customers looking to get the electric vehicle now may have to wait until 2022 to get their hands on the Hummer EV.
Tesla hasn’t provided a precise timeline for the arrival of the Cybertruck, but CEO Musk has said that they will try to deliver a handful of units by the end of 2021 while volume production is likely to commence by 2022.