Chevy Silverado, Tesla Cybertruck, or F-150 Lightning: Here’s How They Stack Up

by Victoria Santiago

The pickup truck has been essential to the U.S. auto industry for years. Now, the Silverado, F-150, and cybertruck are competing for best EV. Amidst the growing need for electric vehicles, automakers have adapted.

First came the Rivian R1T, MotorTrend‘s 2022 Truck of the Year. Surprisingly, the company beat out other popular automakers. Rivian is relatively new to the automobile industry (they started in 2009) but they already have big plans for the future. We’ve been waiting on Tesla’s futuristic cybertruck to drop for a while now, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen anytime soon. Now, we’ve got American classics jumping headfirst into EVs – both Ford and Chevy have their own electric pickups to deploy.

Chevy Announced Their Silverado EV This Week

Firstly, let’s talk about the Chevrolet Silverado EV. The electric Silverado was just unveiled this week. There will be two versions of the Silverado – a work truck (WT) version and an RST version. Both will get at least 400 miles on a full charge, according to GM. The truck can go from 0 to 60 in about 4.5 seconds. It’ll be able to carry up to 1,300 pounds and tow up to 10,000 pounds. Chevy already has plans to make a version that doubles that capacity. We should see the WT version launch at the beginning of 2023, with a base price of $39,900. Afterward, the RST version will launch at a higher price.

Ford’s F-150 EV is Already in High Demand

Ford has also chosen to pursue sustainable pickup trucks. As the bestselling U.S. car for over four decades, the F-150 has been a staple for many American households. We’re hoping that the electric versions are just as useful. Right out of the gate, the electric F-150 will have a range that’s about 100 miles less than the Chevy Silverado. The EPA rating suggests that a full charge will get you 300 miles. However, it should still reach 0 to 60 in the same amount of time as the Silverado. It will also be able to tow 10,000 pounds. Manufacturing is expected to begin this year, and the base model will go for $39,974. For models with more features, the price rises to $90,000. Some 200,000 people have already signed up for a chance to order the truck.

Tesla’s Futuristic Cybertruck

Lastly comes the eagerly-anticipated Tesla cybertruck. In true Tesla fashion, the cybertruck is unique. It boasts a stainless steel exterior that is damage-resistant. The cybertruck has a higher mileage range of 500 miles per full charge and can reach 0 to 60 in about 2.9 seconds. It’ll be able to carry 3,500 pounds and tow 14,000 pounds. All pricing guesses are off after Tesla pulled cybertruck info off of their website. There have been some production setbacks on the pickup.

Tesla’s version of a pickup truck seems to be stronger and faster, but will it be better? The company has been facing many quality issues over the last year. It can tow more, get more mileage, and get going more quickly. Seeing as how they keep pushing production back, they might’ve bitten off more than they can chew. As these electric pickups start hitting the streets, only time will tell which one reigns best.