These General Motors trucks have long been similar, but as they go electric, the differences are key.
The advent of two relatives from GM, the Chevrolet Silverado EV, and the GMC Sierra EV, maybe the hottest new development in electric trucks. Along with the Ford F-150 Lightning, those brand names have sizable fan bases that have the power to influence American driving. Although the Sierra and Silverado are noted for their similarities, let’s take a closer look at how they will vary in their electric versions.
The WT or Work Truck variant of the Silverado debuts first in 2023, followed by the full-boat RST model in the following fall. That truck will have many of the top characteristics and specifications I mention. Early in 2024, the top-of-the-line Denali Edition 1 of the GMC Sierra EV will go on sale, however, more trims are expected to be revealed closer to launch. The delay is not as noticeable when considering that the GMC division released the Hummer EV first.
Although the basic body forms are extremely similar, it is simple to distinguish one from the other thanks to the features added on top of those lines. A large logo plate now stands in for the grille, and Sierra’s face is dominated by a thin, full-width horizontal light line.
Compared to the Silverado, which has softer lines, Sierra’s body is more sculpted.
Both will initially only be available in Crew Cab variants and have a fixed panoramic glass roof. It should be noted that shortening or lengthening an electric truck is more difficult than with a normal truck since it includes the massive central battery that, in a skateboard design, forms the basis of the vehicle.