There are currently no battery-powered pickup trucks on sale, but despite this, it seems as though the segment has already been fairly well saturated. General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Rivian and Lordstown Motor Company are all working on their own unique electric pickup trucks, while lesser-known companies like Nikola and Fisker also have similar products in development.
That means GM’s first electric pickup truck, the GMC Hummer EV, will have no shortage of competition after it goes on sale in 2021. Making matters even more difficult for GM is that other offerings, like the very promising Rivian R1T, will beat the GMC Hummer EV to market. Company president Mark Reuss isn’t worried, though, holding the belief that the GMC’s performance will differentiate from the competition and ensure its success even if the competition arrives first.
“Whether or not we are first on the market, I am totally confident that we will be the best on the market,” Reuss said of the GMC Hummer EV while speaking at the recent GM Capital Markets day investor event.
As we reported last week, the GMC Hummer EV will be available with a single, dual or triple motor setup. Reuss said the different motor setups will offer “different ranges, different performance at different price points to meet the customers’ needs whatever they may be.” We imagine the tri-motor model will be the fastest and is the version GMC previously referred to as being able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in three seconds flat. It will go up against the tri-motor versions of the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T, which also claim to accelerate from 0-60 mph in about three seconds.
Impressive as these performance statistics may be, it’s not the only area the GMC Hummer EV will have to excel in to beat Tesla, Rivian, Ford and others. Customers will also be looking for it to offer exceptional towing capability, good off-road performance and innovative in-vehicle technology. The market will also be comparing real-world range estimates and DC fast charge times between the trucks, as well.
We’ll get our first glimpse of the GMC Hummer EV when it makes its debut May 20th, 2020, at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Michigan.