Watch A GMC Hummer EV Drag Race A Rivian R1T In Electric Truck Showdown
Which all-electric pickup would you rather drive?
The GMC Hummer EV has joined the Rivian R1T in the wild, with the first production models now residing in customers’ garages. And for the motorheads at Throttle House who’ve secured an example of each, one comparison test couldn’t wait: a drag race.
The 7,148-pound R1T produces 835 horsepower and 908 pound feet of torque, while the 9,063-pound Hummer produces 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. In the interest of fairness, the trucks were charged to above 80 percent and bodies were dropped to their lowest settings, Robb Report notes.
Just for fun, they sandwiched a 1,020-hp Tesla Model X Plaid SUV between the Rivian and Hummer on the starting line to serve as a benchmark.
The Tesla won predictably, but the Rivian overcame the power discrepancy to beat the Hummer EV by a well over a Hummer’s length as both crossed the quarter-mile mark in excess of 100 mph. To ensure that the Rivian wasn’t winning because of its gripper “street” tires, a second drag race from a rolling start was conducted with similar results.
Aside from the nearly 2,000-pound difference in weight, it’s important to note that the Hummer achieved its electronically limited 106-mph top speed both times. The Rivian hit its limiter too, but at 116 mph.
Throttle House didn’t provide any actual data collected during the runs, but it’s perfectly clear that both the Hummer and Rivian are far quicker than almost every gasoline-powered truck on the road right now.