2021 is shaping up to be the year of the electric pickup as GMC will launch a Hummer EV and Tesla will start production of the Cybertruck. These models will follow the highly anticipated Rivian R1T which is coming in the second half of 2020.
Now that we know a little bit about the models, let’s see how they stack up.
The big news today was the Hummer EV will have a staggering output of 1,000 hp (746 kW / 1,014 PS) and 11,500 lb-ft (15,574 Nm) of torque. Those numbers grabbed plenty of headlines and it’s easy to see why. One thing to note is that we don’t know yet if that’s the only model or the headline-grabbing, range-topper with less powerful versions to be announced by the time it hits production.
The most powerful Rivian R1T is rated at 753 hp (562 kW / 764 PS) and 825 lb-ft (1,120 Nm) of torque. That torque figure looks pathetic next to the Hummer EV, but that’s the traditional rating.
If you want to look at big numbers, the R1T has a “total grounded torque” rating of 10,324 lb-ft (14,000 Nm). That’s still less than the Hummer, but it’s worth mentioning the insane figure quoted by GMC is likely the same thing.
Of course, there will also be two other versions of the R1T. The entry-level model has a combined output of 402 hp (300 kW / 407 PS) and 412 lb-ft (560 Nm) of torque, while the long-range variant is rated at 700 hp (522 kW / 709 PS) and 825 lb-ft (1,120 Nm) of torque. In marketing fluffville, the torque rating is 5,162 lb-ft (7,000 Nm) for the base model and 10,324 lb-ft (14,000 Nm) for the long-range variant.
Tesla hasn’t provided performance specifications for the Cybertruck, but the model will be offered in three different configurations: single motor rear-wheel drive, dual motor all-wheel drive and tri motor all-wheel drive. The company also said the tri motor variant will be able to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in less than 2.9 seconds. That beats the Hummer’s time of 3 seconds and the R1T’s fastest time of 3 seconds.
On the topic of range, the Cybertruck appears to be the champion as the tri motor model will be able to travel more than 500 miles (805 km) on a single charge. The lesser variants will have ranges in excess of 250 and 300 miles (402 and 483 km).
The R1T, on the other hand, will have ranges in excess of 230, 300 and 400 miles (370, 483 and 644 km). The big question is the Hummer’s range. Nothing is official, but we can expect the model to travel at least 300 miles (483 km) as GM CEO Mary Barra has previously described that distance as the “sweet spot.”
Another big unknown is the Hummer’s price. There has been speculation that it could cost $90,000 but that should be taken with a grain of salt.
That’s not an issue with the Cybertruck as Tesla says the base model will start at $39,900. The dual motor variant will begin at $49,900 while the tri motor will cost an extra $20,000.
The R1T will be significantly more expensive, but cost less than initially thought. Just days ago, it was revealed the $69,000 starting price wasn’t for the base model but the mid-range variant. Of course, we can expected detailed pricing later this year.
That’s just a brief comparison of three upcoming electric pickups, but there are plenty of others on the horizon including the F-150 and Bollinger B2. They’ll be joined by new entries from Karma and Lordstown.