HUMMER EV vs TESLA CYBERTRUCK vs RIVIAN R1T
We’ve seen some delightful headlines in the last 12 months, as the ramp-up towards a net-zero/zero-emission world begins in earnest. This month, we pit the Hummer EV against the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T. All three are all-electric supertrucks hailing the dawn of a new category of consumer vehicle.
Arguably catalysing climate change single-handedly (joke), the thirsty original Hummer was never going to see quite the comeback, if it didn’t change its ways. Initiated by world-rescuing screen hero himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hummer EV comes as an SUV or pickup truck.
Full disclosure; since we’re comparing the Hummer EV to the Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T, the latter of which only currently offers pickup styling, we’re using the stats offered for the Hummer and Cybertruck pickups—apples and apples, right?
Considering all three, the Hummer EV is the choice putting the biggest dent in your wallet. Launching with the Edition 1 at £81,240, such wedge gets you a tri-motor configuration, boasting 1000 horsepower, all-wheel drive and 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds, thanks to ‘Watts to Freedom’ launch control.
You might think that’s impressive to shift such a hefty beast. Yet, comparatively, it’s pretty sluggish,. Thirty grand less (minus change) gets you a top-spec Tesla Cybertruck moving at an eye-widening 2.9 seconds and pushing out 500+ miles of range, compared with the Hummer’s measly 350+.
Achieved with 800V architecture—similar to that in the Porsche Taycan Turbo S —the Hummer EV pickup can charge 100 miles in just 10 minutes. Where GMC has been quiet on the payload and towing capacity stats, Tesla’s not yet disclosed the battery size for comparison purposes. However, it does say there’s a 250kW charging cable. Rivian’s reported top battery size of 180kWh offers a mid-point range of 400 miles.
Going back to payload capacity, it’s worth noting at this point that the Cybertruck comes in all kinds of configurations, from SUV, to multi-passenger camper, complete with BBQ—see the digital renderings to believe it. The Rivian’s R1T flatbed provides 12 cubic feet storage, offering 798.3kg payload capacity. Still, Tesla’s effort knocks it out of the park again with a 6.5-foot bed giving 100 cubic feet of storage at a maximum weight of 1,587.5kg.
The R1T’s ADAS, infotainment and connectivity suite is nothing to write home about, offering merely Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking, now a legal requirement in Europe. Facing off with Tesla’s typical space-style cockpit, tablet and over-the-air updates, coupled with its much-discussed Autopilot driver assistance, including the controversial Full Self-Driving package, the R1T falls behind significantly. Even at the lower price point of £54,100.
Where the Rivian does pick up points is its more conventional design. The Hummer EV pickup in particular looks like the Frankstein love child of the original Hummer and a GMC Sierra Denali, where the Cybertruck’s angular Mars-Rover-esque jars the eyes of all but the very devoted Geometry fanatics.
GMC’s interior technology is pretty fancy with a 13.4-inch console screen and 12.3 inch cockpit panel, with graphics designed by the same gamers that created the globally popular ‘Fortnite’. There’s likely to be Apple Carplay and Android Auto integration, as yet unconfirmed, and a Wifi Hotspot.
Each vehicle boasts a ‘special feature’ or two. The Rivian R1T has ‘Tank Turn’, where the left and right side wheels move in different directions to pivot the pickup in place. Pretty neat.
GMC’s used its historical pickup and parking technology to have the Hummer EV ‘crabwalk’ i.e. drive diagonally. Having experienced this in other vehicles, it’s a really useful feature for the UK’s narrow streets, garages and parking bays. There’s also a six-panel ‘Infinity Roof’ in the Hummer, offering star-gazing smarts and ‘Ultravision’, which sees cameras on the underside of the body for maximum visibility.
Tesla’s special feature is reserved for those who have a tendency to hit street furniture or other cars. The ‘impenetrable’ “Exoskeleton” exterior shell is made of “ultra-hard 30x cold-rolled stainless steel”. We don’t really know what the mouthful means either, but we figure heads of state and famous people, like Justin Bieber, who perpetually fear for their lives would appreciate sitting behind it and the Tesla Armor Glass creating the windows. Sarcasm aside, Tesla has designed it so the tailgate of the pickup doubles up as a ramp, and that, we think, is pretty cool.
All of these models, of course are being challenged by the lesser-established Bollinger B2, a suspiciously Lego-like rival set to launch this year too.