The Ram Revolution EV pickup just burst onto the electric truck scene amid the glitter and limelight of Las Vegas. Stellantis’ engineers packed it full of features sure to appeal to both pickup drivers and EV enthusiasts. Owners can fit 18-foot planks or pipes in the bed thanks not only to a power midgate but also to a firewall pass-through port going all the way into the frunk.
The concept also sported salon doors, four-wheel steering for crab-walking into parallel spaces, a panoramic glass roof, and much more. But the “Ram Rev,” as it’s also known, faces some sturdy competition, too.
The Hummer EV pickup is a big, powerful, and popular vehicle in its own right, mustering impressive stats and performance. The truck rides on optional adjustable air suspension and can also sidle adroitly into a tight parallel parking space. It can drive 329 miles per charge and its triple electric motors blast it from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds.
Here’s how these two big, muscular EV pickups size up to each other overall.
Revolution EV Pickup vs Hummer EV: What’s the Difference?
Stellantis’ and GM’s engineers built the Ram Rev and the Hummer EV along the same lines. Their design efforts resulted in two big, burly EV pickups with plenty of range and hauling power. The Ram Revolution outmatches the Ford F-150 Lightning EV in several key areas.
Since Ford aims for affordability and everyday use with the F-150 Lightning this isn’t a surprise. But the Hummer and Revolution are premium, top-end EV trucks better matched against each other, at least in theory.
Detailed specs aren’t yet available for the Ram Revolution despite its recent 2023 CES unveiling. The Hummer EV pickup, by contrast, already has its wheels on the road. However, Ram Trucks’ parent company Stellantis gives detailed info on the platform it’s using for the Revolution.
This data shows the Revolution probably matches or outdoes the Hummer in most ways. The Ram EV even “steals the thunder” from the Hummer by having the same “crab walk” feature.
Here’s a closer look at how the two measure up against each other in specific areas.
Range is king when it comes to consumers picking the EV they want to buy. This factor is even more important in EV pickups than in ordinary cars, since towing and hauling typically cut the range in half. Recent Car and Driver testing revealed EV pickups are very stable when hauling, merging easily into traffic with high-torque acceleration.
The Hummer EV gave one of the best performances, towing a three-ton camper 140 miles on a single charge. The Hummer EV’s battery holds enough charge for 329 miles of unloaded driving, according to EPA estimates.
GM pegs the big, squared-off vehicle’s range at over 350 miles instead. This figure puts the pickup variant of the Hummer EV at the higher end of the current electric vehicle range curve. It’s no slouch and outperforms some of its competitors, like the Ford Lightning’s base configuration 250-mile range.
The Ram Revolution doesn’t have an officially announced range yet. However, Stellantis intends to build the truck on its STLA Frame BEV platform. The STLA Frame is a body-on-frame design, not a unibody, enabling it to carry a spare tire underneath the bed.
The company’s engineers also designed the platform to have a maximum range of 500 miles. Stellantis also claims to have developed extremely energy-dense batteries and modular battery packs.
The Ram Revolution might not achieve the STLA Frame platform’s maximum of 500 miles per charge. Even if aerodynamics, weight, and design reduce this range, though, it seems plausible the Ram Rev might offer 400 miles, or even 450 miles, of range to drivers.
Recharging speed is also key in the EV world, especially for a work truck. Both the Hummer EV and the Ram Revolution feature 800-volt charging architecture.
Hooked up to a Level 3 DC fast charger, the Hummer pickup recharges “about” 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. A full recharge, therefore, likely takes somewhere in the 40-minute range on a fast charger.
The Hummer EV also recharges using Level 1 (household current) and Level 2 connections. A Level 2 charger adds about 16 miles of range to the pickup’s battery per hour of charging, per GM.
Stellantis representatives, during the CES reveal, said the Ram Revolution’s hourly Level 3 recharge rate is 100 miles. It also recharges via Level 1 and Level 2 plug-ins, though company spokespeople gave no times. The Ram Rev and Hummer EV appear to recharge at exactly the same rate or very nearly so.
Power and Performance
GM built the Hummer EV as a tremendously powerful vehicle, with its multiple electric motors delivering immense, instant horsepower and torque. The vehicle produces 1,000 horsepower and develops more than 1,000 ft-lbs of torque. This is enough to accelerate its four-and-a-half tons of weight from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds flat.
The Ram Revolution likely isn’t a slacker, either. Stellantis didn’t offer any performance figures or stats during the reveal. However, the company confirmed two electric motors will propel the Ram Rev, matching the STLA Frame platform’s twin motors.
MotorBiscuit pointed out that putting a pair of Stellantis’ largest electric motors in the vehicle would give it roughly 885 horsepower. Torque would likely be in the 800 to 900 ft-lbs area, too.
Stellantis claims its STLA BEV platforms could, in some configurations, go from 0-62 mph in 2 seconds. It probably means this figure applies to lighter, more aerodynamic sports vehicles. However, the Ram Revolution might reasonably expect a 3- to 4-second 0-60 time, given the platform’s power.
When it comes to off-roading, engineers from both companies worked to make their EV pickups able to conquer challenging trails or the rough-and-tumble of unpaved job sites. Both ride on 35-inch tires offering lofty ground clearance and ample traction. The Hummer and Revolution will likely tie, or nearly so, on both highway and off-road performance, too.
Cargo and Hauling
When it comes to physical storage space, the Ram Revolution holds the edge against the Hummer. The vehicle carries long, narrow objects up to 18 feet long with the tailgate up.
Its designers achieved this bit of magic with several interrelated features. A power midgate with retracting glass opens up between the bed and the cab. All seats except the driver’s seat fold flat.
Finally, a port about 12 inches wide opens through the front firewall into the frunk. This enables stowing planks, pipes, rails, or other long, slim objects in a space reaching internally from bumper to bumper.
However, Stellantis hasn’t published either the maximum payload or towing capacity for its EV pickup yet. Nor has it given exact dimensions for the bed or frunk.
The Hummer EV, meanwhile, offers solid but not outstanding hauling prowess. The huge EV pickup can tote 1,300 lbs of cargo or pull a trailer up to 7,500 lbs. The Rivian R1T pickup outperforms the Hummer in this regard, towing up to 11,000 lbs.
Extra Features and Details
The builders of both the Hummer EV and the Ram Revolution did their best to pack their vehicles with extra features, too. Some are aesthetic details or gimmicks, but others are clearly quite functional. The driver of a Ram Revolution can change the roof from transparent to tinted to opaque with the press of a button.
GM’s designers built the Hummer EV with an “Infinity Roof.” The owner of a Hummer can fit the roof with solid metal panels and tinted transparent “sky panels,” or take the roof off entirely for an open-air, convertible-style drive.
The Hummer EV boasts the “crabwalk” feature in which the rear tires can turn up to 10° at lower speeds. This feature enables driving the Hummer diagonally so it can slip into parallel spaces or around hairpin trail turns.
However, the Ram Revolution also has steerable rear tires, enabling exactly the same diagonal driving. Both vehicles have roughly the same low-speed nimbleness despite their size.
The Revolution pickup offers at least one quirky function the Hummer can’t currently match. The owner can put the Ram BEV in Shadow Mode, then get out and walk ahead of it. Using its cameras and other sensors, the Revolution creeps along, following its owner under its own robotic power.
This low-speed guided autonomous driving could have several handy uses in the real world. The owner could guide the pickup around complex obstacles on the trail. The truck could also follow on a farm, job site, or similar location hauling items and tools a worker might need but would prefer not to carry.
Ram Revolution EV vs Hummer EV: 6 Must-Know Facts
- The Hummer EV hauls 1,300 lbs of cargo or an 11,000 lb trailer.
- The Revolution’s payload and towing aren’t known yet, but it can haul objects up to 18 feet long.
- The Ram Revolution includes a powered midgate and a frunk.
- The Hummer reaches 60 mph from a standstill in 3 seconds thanks to 1,000 horsepower and 1,000+ ft-lbs of torque. Revolution performance is likely similar.
- Both EV pickups offer “crabwalk”-style diagonal driving for parking or the trail.
- Both vehicles are off-road capable with 35-inch tires giving ample ground clearance.
Hummer EV vs Ram Revolution EV: Which One Is Better? Which One Should You Use?
The Ram Revolution looks like the better deal for most people wanting a high-end, powerful EV pickup truck. It directly matches the Hummer’s performance and features in many ways, ranging from 35” off-road-capable tires to diagonal “crabwalk” driving.
In other ways, it outdoes the Hummer, including its outstanding internal cargo space. It probably offers more range and equal or better towing and payload. Even the Hummer’s remarkable 3-second 0-60 times will likely be nearly equaled by the Ram Revolution. It appears equally comfortable in the roles of a daily driver, work truck, and muscle truck.
Stellantis hasn’t released the Ram Revolution price yet, and the truck will likely inflict a hefty showroom sticker shock. However, it’ll probably be hard put to reach the Hummer EV pickup’s base price of over $108,000. The Revolution, if more affordable, will do everything the Hummer can and more in a lighter, handier, cheaper package.
For EV owners who want something different, the Hummer EV might be a better choice. The Revolution offers the looks of a modern pickup truck, pepped up with a few cutting-edge aesthetic details. The Hummer’s huge size and eye-catching, distinctive design make it more of an attention-getter that stands out from the crowd.
Buyers wanting an “offbeat” vehicle – and willing to pay for it – might prefer the Hummer based on its striking unconventionality. Otherwise, the Ram Revolution seems like the arguably better deal.
The Ram Revolution and Hummer EV Pickup in the News
The Ram Revolution and Hummer’s EV pickup have been making headlines in recent news for their innovations in upgrading their standout electric cars. As recently as April 2023, Ram announced that the Revolution will contain a dual-engine that has a battery pack with an estimated target range of 350 miles and produces 480 horsepower.
As for Hummer, GMC announced in 2022 that the company looks to up production numbers on the EV pickup from 20,000 units to 30,000 units per year. With the demand for EV pickup trucks ever increasing, it’s clear neither company intends to slow down anytime soon.
When it comes to electric vehicles, there’s always an upgrade on the horizon. For these two innovative pickups, Ram and Hummer already have new models on the way that buyers should be aware of when they’re looking for their next electronic pickup. GMC announced the newest version, the Hummer EV 3X, will have a target range of 381 miles and will be released within the next few years.
The Ram Revolution EV will be available for purchase toward the end of 2024 and has a starting price around $50,000. With a spacious interior, long-range battery, and stylish design, this EV truck is ready to hit the ground running.