GMC just launched its Hummer EV, and immediately people started comparing it to the Tesla Cybertruck. But these conversations – since neither truck actually exists at the moment – hit various levels of surreality for me. It’s of like comparing Iron Man to Batman – not only are they both fictitious, but they also exist in different comic universes.
But I digress.
Since the conversations are happening, I figure it might be interesting to give some stats and (in some cases) estimations to feed the fire. Both trucks will exist. Eventually. Probably.
Though we put more store behind GMC coming to market for real – and much faster than – any fantastical Cybertruck because the infrastructure to build the Hummer EV already exists in the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant that is currently being re-tooled to be Factory Zero.
Both GMC and Tesla have been a bit secretive with some of the specs for their trucks, though GMC went heavy on its off-road stats, and Tesla pumped up its towing and payload stats – both without corresponding numbers from its competitor.
Because Tesla has been particularly mum on its power specs for the Cybertruck, which makes sense because it isn’t real yet, we consulted the Google, and used some Motor Trend estimations, which is noted in the chart (source: MT).
So, here’s the skinny (very skinny) on what we know of GMC Hummer EV Supertruck vs Tesla Cybertruck.
|GMC Hummer EV||Tesla Cybertruck|
|Weirdest feature||CrabWalk, which allows the truck to drive diagonally at low speeds||Bulletproof exoskeleton|
|Coolest feature||Underbody cameras that act as virtual spotters when driving over obstacles||Transparent roof|
|Max horsepower||1,000||800 estimated (Source: MT)|
|Max torque||11,500||1,000 estimated (Source: MT)|
|0-60 (top tier)||3 seconds||2.9 seconds|
|Electric motors (top tier)||3||3|
|Launch control mode name||Watts to Freedom||Ludicrous (probably)|
|Max towing (top tier)||n/a||14,000 pounds|
|Max payload (top tier)||n/a||3,500 pounds|
|Bed length:||n/a||6.5 feet|
|Infotainment screen size||13.4 inches||17 inches|
|Self-driving tech||Super Cruise||Autopilot|
|Estimated max range (top tier)||350+ miles||500 + miles|
|Fast charge claim||100 miles of range in 10 minutes||n/a|
|Drivetrain (top tier)||e4WD||tri-motor AWD (base RWD)|
|Max ground clearance (in.):||10.1 inches (15.9 inches in Extract Mode)||16 inches|
|Approach angle (deg.):||41.5 inches||35 inches|
|Departure angle (deg.):||31.6 inches||28 inches|
|Water fording depth (in.):||26 inches||n/a|
|Built in||Detroit, MI||Austin, TX|
|Available||Fall 2021||"late" 2021, which probably means 2022|
The bottom line on Hummer EV vs. Cybertruck
There’s clearly a lot of interest in the Tesla because it’s, well, Tesla. Then again, I firmly believe Elon Musk could take the Pontiac Aztek, make it electric, add a Tesla badge, and people would think it’s the best thing since sliced bread.
Oh, and let’s at least mention the glaring elephant in the room: The GMC Hummer EV will cost twice as much as the Tesla Cybertruck, base to base. Gulp.
So, Supertruck, Cybertruck, toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe. Everyone has an opinion about these trucks, and whether they love ’em or hate ’em, one thing is certain: Neither will be your typical take-’em-to-a-work-site pickup.
They’re both heavy on the kitsch with a lifestyle bent, though the Hummer EV at least looks like something resembling a truck. We’ll be curious to watch the EV truck wars as they evolve – at some point.