The 2024 GMC Sierra EV makes the Ford F-150 Lightning weak and forgettable

The electric revolution has already begun in the automotive world. As some automakers strive to offer a full lineup of electric cars over the next decade, drivers are slowly but surely getting a wide array of electric vehicles to choose from. With more powerful batteries and a wider charging infrastructure, automakers are now finding it easier to sell their electric vehicles.

It’s only recently that pickups have joined the electric foray. So far, a few major automakers and startups have introduced electric pickups. Some of them have already launched electric pickups on the market, such as the Ford F-150 Lightning. Though he once led the way, Tesla seems overdue with its once hyped Cybertruck.

General Motors, meanwhile, is on a roll with the presentation of the Chevrolet Silverado EV and the GMC Hummer EV. But the automaker isn’t done yet, because it comes unveiled its new GMC Sierra EV to the worldwhich would arrive next year as a 2024 model.

GMC The introduction of Sierra EV meant people could compare with the F-150 Lightning, as both are electric pickup trucks from rival car brands and manufacturers. Interestingly, the Sierra EV makes the F-150 Lightning look like a weak, forgettable rival.

GMC Sierra EV Launched with Denali Edition 1

When introducing its third electrified offering after the Hummer EV and Hummer SUV, GMC went straight for the rush by unveiling the new Sierra EV as the Denali Edition 1. Since the Denali refers to the highest-end version available for GMC trucks, customers can expect the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 to realize the brand’s EV vision for the Sierra franchise – capable, versatile and luxurious in a zero-emissions package.

Interestingly, the numbers and description shared by GMC about the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 may not apply to other Sierra EV models, including the base trim. After all, GMC didn’t mean the Sierra EV was a single-trim model because it would add more relevant trim in the near future.

So far, the brand has confirmed two models for the electric pickup – the Sierra EV AT4 and Elevation – although it hasn’t shared any information about them. GMC will reveal more details about the full Sierra EV model line closer to the start of production, which could be late 2023 or early 2024.

As for the Ford F-150 Lightning, this electric pickup is now on the road. It is quite a respectable electric pickup with sufficient electric power. But compared to the numbers for the GMC Sierra, the F-150 Lightning looks weak and easy to overlook.

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Sierra EV Denali has more power and torque

GMC revealed that the Sierra EV rides on the revolutionary Ultium platform. In Denali Edition 1, the Sierra EV transforms into a luxury supertruck with electrifying performance and capability. Thanks to its front and rear electric motors and the Ultium battery pack, the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 offers a GM-estimated maximum power of 754 hp and 785 lb-ft of peak torque.

In Ford’s stable, the F-150 Lightning is also available in different versions, with the Platinum version on top. As the top-of-the-line version, the F-150 Lightning boasts of having the most extensive equipment list and being the most powerful model with the standard extended range battery.

Still, the F-150 Lightning Platinum doesn’t come close to the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 in terms of power. It’s powerful on its own, but its 563 peak horsepower and 775 lb-ft of torque seem weak compared to its GMC counterpart.

Ford remains silent on the precise speed of the F-150 Lightning on 0-60 mph acceleration, but said the electric truck can complete the sprint in 4 seconds. GMC is more specific on its estimated acceleration numbers for Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, pegging the numbers at 4.5 seconds.

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Sierra EV Denali returns more miles in range

The 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 also makes the F-150 Lightning Platinum look low on electric range and charging capacity. The Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 offers an estimated range of 400 miles on a full charge, while the F-150 Lightning Platinum returns 100 miles less at 300 miles. That’s a pretty huge gap in range, especially for an electric workhorse.

Plus, the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 adds more miles on a 10-minute charge, which is crucial when the driver is in a rush. On a 150kW DC fast charger, the F-150 Lightning Platinum adds 54 miles of range in 10 minutes. On the other hand, the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 adds 100 miles of range when using public 800-volt DC fast charging (up to 350 kW).

The two electric pickups could serve as a mobile source to power various tools, electronics and devices on the go. However, GMC’s Sierra EV Denali offers more off-board power at 10.2kW with the Power Station Pro. Ford’s F-150 Lightning Platinum, meanwhile, offers 9.6kW with the Pro Power Onboard.

Interestingly, although it has more horsepower, the Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 has less towing and hauling capacity. It can only tow up to 9,500 lbs and haul up to 1,300 lbs. Its rival, meanwhile, supports a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds and a maximum payload of 2,000 pounds.

Source: GMC, Ford

Robert M. Larson