Two decades ago, the Hummer H2 was the very essence of gas gluttony. Descended from the military humvee, these oversized civilian Hummers roamed America’s streets and delivered fuel economy best described as “embarrassing.”
But something funny happened on the way to an electric car revolution: People realized that electric cars are about more than eliminating exhaust emissions to save the planet, because battery power can also deliver ridiculous levels of torque and speed.
And so, more than ten years after General Motors discontinued the brand, Hummer was reborn. First teased in a Super Bowl commercial in February 2020, and now offered under General Motors’ GMC brand, the Hummer EV has debuted as an electric pickup and will later be seen as an SUV.
The Hummer EV truck brings the superior swagger of the OG Hummer into the electric vehicle space, promising eye-popping specs to match its equally eye-popping six-figure price.
The Hummer EV’s closest spiritual relative on the road might be the Tesla Cybertruck, Elon Musk’s stainless steel tank of a truck. The Cybertruck and Hummer EV will compete for buyers who want an all-electric rugged ride that doesn’t look like old pickups.
- The Tesla Cybertruck is a full-size pickup truck with three main configurations: a single-engine version for $39,900, dual-engine upgrade for $49,900, and a top-of-the-line tri-engine truck for $69,900.
- The GMC Hummer EV is a full-size pickup truck with three electric motors for its first edition, the Hummer EV Edition 1 starts at $110,395 and is already sold out. Future trim levels will cost $79,995 for the dual-engine Hummer EV2, $89,995 for the dual-engine EV2x, and $99,995 for the dual-engine EV3x.
For those who shop on price, this comparison is no contest. But the Hummer’s over-the-top list of features and capabilities will make it a contender for potential buyers willing to spend well beyond the Cybertruck’s price.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: PRICE
There is no comparison here as these trucks occupy different levels when it comes to cost. Single- and twin-engine Cybertrucks start at $40,000 and $50,000. Adding Tesla’s ten-size Full Self-Driving package to the $70,000 tri-engine Cybertuck pushes it up to $80,000. That’s the same as the cheapest Hummer.
Meanwhile, the more extravagant GMC offerings approach and exceed $100,000. And that’s just MSRP. While Tesla sells its cars directly to the consumer, the Hummer must be purchased through a GM dealer. There have been reports of dealers trying to throw in additional fees totaling tens of thousands of dollars, pushing the cost of this already extravagant truck to $150,000 or more.
Because both Tesla and General Motors have been selling electric cars for years, neither company is eligible for a federal tax credit to buy either of these trucks.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: RANGE
All Hummer trim levels claim 329 miles of electric range. It beats out the cheaper Cybertrucks, which can run 250 and 300 miles respectively on their batteries.
However, Tesla has the advantage here with the triple engine Cybertruck, the one most comparable to the Hummer in price and features. It claims a range of 500 miles, a huge advantage over the GMC.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: TOWING
GMC has not yet released towing statistics for the Hummer EV2x, EV 3x, or the yet-to-be-sold EV 3x models. The first edition Hummer EV1 claims a towing capacity of up to 7,500 pounds.
That matches the figure for the $40,000 single-engine Cybertrucks, but the twin- and triple-engine Cybertrucks claim 10,000 and 14,000 pounds of towing, blowing away the GMC number. Still, we’ll have to see how these trucks’ real-world towing experience compares to their specs.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: PAYLOAD
Tesla has the lead in payload, maxing out at 3,500 pounds for all three versions of the Cybertruck. GMC claims 1,300 lbs. for the Hummer EV1 and has yet to release statistics for the later versions.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: BED SIZE
Tesla calls its truck the “vault” because the back of the Cybertruck can be closed to improve the truck’s fuel economy by closing a shutter-like top. Overall, the vault measures 6.5 feet long. Crucial is that the truck’s wheel arches do not penetrate the bed and take away storage space.
The Hummer EV has a significantly shorter cargo bed, five feet long. The Hummer EV has a 135.6-inch wheelbase, more than a foot shorter than the Cybertruck’s 149.9-inch figure.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: FRUNK SIZE
GMC has taken to calling the Hummer’s front trunk the “eTrunk” and claims a capacity of around 320 liters, a significant step up from the 255 liters that will be available in the SUV version of the Hummer.
Tesla has not yet released an exact volume for the Cybertruck frunk.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: INTERIOR
Inside the Cybertruck, you’ll find a spartan look true to Tesla’s design aesthetic. The interior includes little more than a joystick, a 17-inch touchscreen to manage all vehicle functions, and a transparent roof.
The Hummer EV includes two touchscreens: a 13.4-inch infotainment display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel on the dashboard. GM reportedly hired the maker of Fortnite games to create graphics for these screens.
Above the driver’s head, GMC has placed what it calls Transparent Sky Panels. When in place, they function like a regular sunroof so that passengers can see out over the vehicle. But the panels are removable, turning the Hummer into an open-air T-top reminiscent of the muscle cars and SUVs of the 1970s and 80s.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: OFF-ROAD
Both of these trucks look the part of a vehicle built to handle all types of terrain, and both deliver the ruggedness and special features needed to realize that ambition.
The Cybertruck has some impressive numbers, with up to 16 inches of ground clearance, a 35-degree approach angle and 28-degree departure angle. The Cybertruck’s maximum wading depth has yet to be specified, but CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his truck will wade across rivers and streams and “even float for a while.”
The Hummer’s flashiest signature features are meant to make the monster truck even more powerful in the mud and mud. All trim levels above the $80,000 base truck get Crab Walk, a crustacean-inspired feature where each wheel can tilt in a slightly different direction to help the Hummer find its footing in the roughest terrain. The Hummer EV Edition 1 gets the Extreme Off-Road package, which features half-axles with ball splines, skid plates and other rugged features.
The Hummer has three suspension heights as part of its three modes: Normal, Terrain and Extract, which lift the truck to help it tackle extreme terrain. So we’ve listed GMC’s stats below for all three modes:
- Approach angle: 35 degrees
- Departure angle: 28 degrees
- Breakover: Unknown
- Max ground clearance: 16 inches
- Max calf depth: Unknown
GMC Hummer EV
- Approach angle: 41.5/44.3/49.7 degrees
- Departure angle: 31.6/33.7/38.4 degrees
- Breakover: 22.3/25.4/32.2 degrees
- Max ground clearance: 10.1/11.9/15.9 inches
- Max wadding depth: 26/28/32 inches
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: DRIVER ASSIST
Hummers come standard with GM’s Super Cruise driver assistance program, with three years of subscription costs included. Super Cruise includes a standard suite of features such as lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. On compatible roads, it will allow drivers to go hands-free.
Cybertuck comes with Tesla’s signature Autopilot feature. It is a driver assistance system that keeps the car in its lane and can automatically brake or accelerate depending on the traffic flow. The company is offering a $10,000 “Full-Self Driving” upgrade that will one day allow the truck to drive itself completely. When exactly that day will come is a big unknown.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: OTHER
We’ve mentioned some of the Hummer EV’s unusual and fun features, including the Crab Walk and Transparent Sky Panels. Another mad scientist is GM’s Watts to Freedom, a launch control system that lowers the Hummer and harnesses all of its electric muscle for a brief burst of acceleration.
An option on the two most expensive trim levels, Watts to Freedom shoots the truck from zero to 60 in a scorching three seconds. Hummers also get GM’s MultiPro tailgate, a multi-function technology that the company introduced a few years ago on the GMC Sierra and has been advertising like crazy.
The Cybertruck has its share of over-the-top technologies, such as the ability to float and supposedly bulletproof windows. There are also a number of details that make this wild assault vehicle more practical for everyday use than the Hummer.
The “vault” has an extendable folding ramp to make it easy to roll or drive up something in the back (something Tesla highlighted during the Cybertruck rollout by announcing an ATV that fits on the back of the Cybertruck). There are 120- and 220-volt charging outlets in the vault and a built-in air compressor as well. The interior has six seats instead of the Hummer’s five by having a bench in the front.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: WARRANTY
Tesla hasn’t released specific warranty specifications for the Cybertuck, but the company’s basic limited vehicle warranty covers its vehicles for four years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, and its limited battery and drive unit warranty typically covers eight years or at least 100,000 miles. Tesla covers reduced battery capacity to at least 70 percent of original capacity during the warranty period.
We don’t know the specifics of GM’s warranty either, but the Hummer will likely come with a similar warranty to its other electric vehicles. This includes a limited warranty covering three years or 36,000 miles, a powertrain warranty covering 5 years or 60,000 miles and a warranty for the battery components for eight years or 100,000 miles.
TESLA CYBER TRUCK VS. GMC HUMMER EV: AVAILABILITY
GMC won this race, as the very first Hummer EV pickups were delivered this spring. The Hummer EV3x is slated to arrive this fall, while the EV2x and EV2 models are slated for 2023 and 2024, respectively. The launch model Hummer EV Edition 1 is sold out, but customers can pay $100 to reserve theirs on GMC’s website.
Tesla had planned to produce the first Cybertrucks in 2021 and roll out more models in 2022. However, production has been delayed several times. For now, Elon Musk and company aim to wrap up the truck’s development this year so the first models could arrive in 2023. Buyers can put down a fully refundable $100 deposit for the Cybertruck on Tesla’s website, though they can’t build or customize their special pickup .