No one would mistake the 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV for the GMC Hummer EV truck. In fact, the visual differences are at least as great as those that set the 2003-2009 Hummer H2 SUT apart from the Silverado crew cab which has a GMT800-derived architecture. The GMT800 features a three-piece mix-and-match frame that supports nearly 40 different truck configurations over its eight year life. The GM Ultium platform that underpins the new electric Silverado and Hummer EV may yet prove itself to be as flexible if not more so. Here are the most significant differences between the electric Silverado and the Hummer EV pickup.
We expect the 24-module 200-kWh battery pack to be the largest used in an Ultium passenger vehicle application, and a perfect fit between the GMC Hummer EV axles. But like a decade ago, the Silverado is expected to work harder to make a living than the more lifestyle-oriented Hummer. To give the Silverado work truck an electric pickup box of nearly 6 feet, the Chevy’s wheelbase was stretched 10.1 inches, with the overall length increased by the same amount. (EV Hummer SUV wheelbase is 9 inches shorter than the pickup.) The GMT800 architecture features seven different midframe modules to provide the required wheelbase, and the center section of the Ultium platform also features easy-to-cut, extruded aluminum rails of varying lengths.
Although the side rails are equally spaced on the Silverado EV and Hummer EV, dramatically different track widths were made possible by installing wider suspension crossmembers and longer control arms on the Hummer. The bigger tires also have little impact on the front and rear track dimensions, which are noticeably narrower on the Silverado.
Silverado Got Midgate
Back in the GMT800 era, the Silverado was a completely conventional pickup, while the Hummer H2 (and Chevy Avalanche) received a midgate, which extended the H2’s short 4-foot bed to 6 feet. Today the Hummer is getting a 5-foot fixed bed, a 6-foot-bed Chevy Silverado EV work truck, and top-tier models like the RST First Edition will get a midgate that folds forward into the cab, extending the floor length by up to 9 feet. foot.
Chevy: One or Two Bikes vs. Two or Three Hummers
Chevrolet will launch the 2024 Silverado EV with motors driving each axle for standard all-wheel drive. The work truck will have 510 hp and 615 lb-ft of torque. A lower-powered model featuring two-wheel drive (perhaps a rear-drive version) is expected to follow soon. In contrast, the entry-level Hummer EV2 and EV2X will get two motors as standard, producing 625 hp and an estimated 617 lb-ft of torque, with the top EV3X and Edition 1 featuring a single-motor front axle and two motors up front. behind. The base EV3X will likely make 1,000 hp and 863 lb-ft of torque.
WOW vs WTF
The top models of each brand’s Ultium pickup will get a special high power mode. Chevy calls this mode Wide-Open Watts (WOW), and it will come standard on top RST First Edition models. Engaging WOW will release “up to 664 hp and 780 lb-ft of torque.” Edition 1 of the Hummer EV gets a great Watts to Freedom (WTF) mode for 1,000 hp and 1,045 lb-ft. Engaging WTF kickstarts the sensory experience of rumbling sound effects that the Chevy doesn’t have.
On-Road Focus vs. Off-Road
For early production at least, the Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition 2024 will have an on-road focus to distinguish it from the off-road focus of the Hummer EV Edition 1. Going forward, Chevy’s air suspension will offer a height adjustment of just 3.9 inches, while the Hummer Extract mode increased ground clearance by 5.8 inches. And while both trucks get four-wheel steering, only the Hummer gets the Crab Walk diagonal driving mode. Perhaps the feature that best describes the different missions of the truck is the choice of tires. Hummers ride on 18-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT 305/70 series tires that stand out, with high, durable sidewalls for maximum traction and off-road resistance. The Chevy rolls on more stylish 24-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Primacy LTX 275/50-series tires that feature a much less aggressive and much quieter tread pattern. The work truck will get smaller 18-inch wheels with higher sidewall tires.
Fixed Glass Roof vs. Removable Panel
The 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition models will all be equipped with a tinted glass roof that provides better visibility for all passengers than a sliding panoramic roof, plus better headroom versus a steel roof with a headliner. In contrast, all Hummer EV Edition 1 pickups come with three removable glass roof panels—a cross-car targa-style roof over the front seats and two removable T-top-style panels covering the rear. The electric Silverado intends to isolate passengers from the noise and heat of the city or highway, while the Hummer aims to make off-road adventurers feel more at one with nature.
Chevy Is a Boss for Towing
The electric Chevrolet Silverado comes out of the gate with an 8,000-10,000 pound towing capacity versus the 7,500 GMC Hummer, but a special fleet variant capable of towing 20,000 pounds is promised to follow in the 2025 model year. This further strengthens the Silverado EV’s work. – related missions
Heavy Duty Bulk and Medium Trucks
Both the Silverado EV and Hummer EV Pickup are rated to carry only 1,300 pounds of payload. That’s the same capacity as the Chevy Colorado, and that’s largely because this 200 kWh monster truck is so heavy. (The Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup we tested weighed 8,976 pounds.) Chevy hasn’t spoken about curb weight for the Silverado EV, but we anticipate that the work truck especially will end up being about 1,000 pounds lighter, with one less motor and more roof design. which is lighter. We expect future work truck variants with smaller batteries and rear-wheel drive to be lighter in weight and therefore carry more payload.
Pricing and Availability
The price tag will certainly set the Chevrolet Silverado EV (and the anticipated GMC Sierra EV) apart from the mighty Hummer. The differences aren’t too stark when comparing the top First Edition and Edition 1 models, which are expected to cost $106,695 for the Chevy and $110,395 for the Hummer. But the cheapest Hummer EV2 model announced is expected to start at $79,995 to compete with Tesla Cybertrucks and well-equipped Rivian R1Ts, while Chevy will have to compete with Ford’s $41,669 F-150 Lightning electric work truck. That’s why Chevy set the starting price of the Silverado EV work truck at $41,595. (Both Chevy’s price offers include our estimated $1,695 of destination costs that have yet to be announced).
Both Ultium platform EVs will be launched from GM Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan, Assembly Center. Hummer Edition 1s arriving throughout 2022; Deliveries of the EV3X model begin in the fall of 2022; The Silverado EV work truck and Hummer EV2X models land in spring 2023; The First Edition Silverado EV RST Truck arrives in fall 2023; and the base Hummer EV2 truck lagged behind in the spring of 2024.