Two legendary names in the truck world will soon be electric. One comes from GM GM, -2.62% under the revived Hummer banner, and the other is the quintessential American pickup in the shape of the Ford F, -2.86% F-150 Lightning. The combination of electrical power and iconic name tags creates a lot of excitement over both. But while they may share pickup body styles and this new approach to powertrains, their future roles and buyers couldn’t be more different. So compare them.
The Hummer EV
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV picks up on the rugged off-road look that Hummer has migrated from military use to the road. The look of the new EV pays homage to the H2 with its box-shaped shape, the horizontal grille with slats and the stocky proportions. There is a new element to the updated look, however, as it has a much more contemporary, adventurous feel than the original’s emphasis on sturdiness. That promise of off-road fun also comes from the Hummer’s ability to remove the roof panels for a more open-air experience.
The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is more rooted in the practicality of a pickup truck and looks like a conventional internal combustion engine truck. An indication that this is a different type of pickup is the LED headlight and taillight elements that set the Lightning apart from the standard F-150. Nevertheless, the Lightning follows tradition with its box-shaped cab and bed. This conservative approach to style should appeal to the existing trucking market, especially those that rely on basic functionality for both work and play.
The Hummer EV uses a conventional steel unit body construction. Underbody protection keeps it true to its off-road mission; These steel plates protect the battery and other components of the drive train from rough terrain. This cladding and the rigid structure of the battery pack allow the use of a lightweight, removable composite roof with transparent “Sky Roof” panels.
The Ford F-150 Lightning, like its F-Series siblings, uses aluminum body panels. Ford has pioneered the use of this material for pickups since 2015. The lightweight material is critical to the truck’s performance and range as it offsets the weight of the battery pack.
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The Hummer EV offers space for five people in its 4-door crew cabin. Since the Hummer is more of an upscale off-roader, the interior will be pretty well equipped on all models. Features that buyers can expect include a 12.3-inch digital instrument and a 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen in the center. The standard equipment includes removable roof panels, high-resolution surround vision cameras, power-drop glass in the rear cabin and high-quality all-weather floor panels with carpet inlays. The Hummer EV will also feature GM’s SuperCruise hands-free driving system.
We expect the Ford F-150 with its traditional crew cabin setup to hold at least five passengers and perhaps six passengers if Ford offers a front bench on its base work truck. The standard instrumentation includes a 12-inch digital display for the driver and a 12-inch touchscreen in portrait format for infotainment. A 15.5-inch touchscreen in the middle is standard in the upper panels, along with functions such as 10-way electrically adjustable seats, a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 8 speakers and leather seats.
The 2022 Hummer EV will bow as the top model of the First Edition (already sold out) at the end of this year. It has three electric motors, more than 300 miles of range, 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque. Its regular production counterpart is called the Hummer EV3X and will be available in 2022, but has a rated output of 830 hp while the torque remains the same. The EV2X follows and has two electric motors, 300 miles of range, 625 horsepower and 7,400 lb-ft of torque. It will hit the market in 2023. The basic EV2 model will not be produced until 2024. It will have the same horsepower and torque ratings as the EV2x, but only have a range of 250 miles. The First Edition and 3X models will be equipped with Watts to Freedom, a launch system similar to Tesla’s Ludicrous mode that promises 0-60 mph acceleration of around 3 seconds.
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Four equipment variants will initially be available for the Ford F-150, a basic work truck, an XLT equipment of the middle class and two luxury models of the top class in the Lariat and Platinum. Ford will offer a dual motor setup with one for each axle, giving all Lightning models all-wheel drive. The engines deliver 426 horsepower in the basic configuration with an upgrade to 563 horses and 775 lb-ft of torque. The standard battery offers 230 miles of range, while a larger package available increases that number to 300 miles.
GMC has not yet released towing and payload numbers for the Hummer EV. We can speculate that its traction at top trim will be in excess of 10,000 pounds with the torque of 11,500 lb-ft. The Hummer EV has a 5-foot charging box with the multipro tailgate from GM that can be opened flexibly. A front trunk accommodates the removable roof panels. We expect the payload capacity to be around 2,000 pounds given the size of the bed and the power ratings for the various EV powertrains.
The Ford F-150 Lightning promises a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds, which is roughly halfway between ratings for conventional Ford pickups, which range from 1,500 to about 5,000 pounds. When in top shape, the Lightning will be able to pull up to 10,000 pounds. Similar to the standard F-150, we expect the lighting to come with a 6.5 foot box. The front trunk or trunk can hold 14.1 cubic feet of cargo.
GMC Hummer EV
EV2 AWD 2 engine: $ 79,995 (available 2024)
EV2X AWD 2 engine: $ 89,995 (available 2023)
EV3X AWD 3 engine: $ 99,995 (available 2022)
First Edition AWD 3 engine: $ 112,595 (sold out)
Not eligible for a $ 7,500 tax credit00
Ford F-150 Blitz
Base Dual Motor AWD Work Cart: $ 39,974
XLT Dual Motor AWD XLT: $ 52,974 ($ 6,700 premium over a gas XLT 4 × 4)
Lariat Dual Motor AWD: Est. $ 58,630 (based on $ 6,700 premium to a 4 × 4 gas lariat)
Platinum Dual Motor AWD: Est. $ 69,500 (based on $ 6,700 premium over a Gas Platinum 4 × 4)
Top Spec: $ 90,474 (based on Ford quoted top price)
Eligible for a US tax credit of $ 7,500
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2022 GMC Hummer EV benefits
It’s almost like a pickup truck is the real reason buyers will be interested in the 2022 Hummer EV. This fact is underscored by an SUV version of essentially the same vehicle. Nevertheless, the open rear and the Multipro tailgate give the Hummer EV a practical curve that other off-road vehicles of its kind lack.
As a much more expensive vehicle, the Hummer EV is more of a recreational vehicle than a work truck. It also features technologies like SuperCruise, the ability to move sideways thanks to its crab-walk system, and the option to fast charge at 800 volts.
2022 Ford F-150 Lightning benefits
The Ford F-150 Lightning 2022 will have an impact on the use of pickup trucks. While the payload and towing capabilities are what you would expect from a pickup truck, hauling cargo or towing trailers on a regular basis will significantly affect range and performance. So don’t expect an electric F-150 to replace gasoline or diesel trucks.
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However, the advantage of the F-150 as a power source extends its functionality as a work vehicle. Ford advertises the Lightning as an “Intelligent Backup Power” system that serves as a backup battery. It can provide full power at home for up to three days when fully charged. The 21 external charging points and 11 sockets also make the truck an ideal power source on construction sites.
The bottom line
Styling, pricing, and intent differ widely between the 2022 Hummer EV and the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning. The Hummer is meant for serious off-road work while the Ford is meant for serious work. However, the real value of both launches is to find out if the public is ready for electric pickups. Since this segment accounts for a large portion of annual sales, the success of these two distinct entries will ultimately determine whether large, traditional manufacturers like GM and Ford can compete effectively not only with each other but also with the growing number of electric vehicles. UPS.
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When will the GMC Hummer EV be available?
The First Edition models of the Hummer EV, which is due to appear later this year, have already been taken. Next year the GMC Hummer EV3X will hit the market, followed by the Hummer EV2X in 2023. The base model GMC Hummer EV2 will bow in 2024.
When will the Ford F-150 Lightning be available?
Orders for deliveries next spring are already being accepted. Ford reports that it has already taken reservations from 100,000 customers.
How big are the GMC Hummer EV and the Ford F-150 Lightning?
The GMC Hummer EV is smaller, rides on a 135.6-inch wheelbase, and measures a total of 216.8 inches with a 5-foot cargo box. The Ford F-150 Lightning has a wheelbase of 145.4 inches and an overall length of 232.7 inches. It has a 5.5 foot charging box.
This story originally ran on KBB.com.