As long as Ford and General Motors make pickup trucks, there will always be comparisons. And with the two companies going electric, the comparisons have moved into the EV realm. This is why in this article, we compare the Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevy Silverado EV electric pickup trucks.
We know the Ford-leaning folks will probably stay with their brand, and as much can be said of Chevy fans.
However, there is a considerable demographic that could be swayed either way. Moreover, it is good to know what is happening in the other camp.
This is one of the significant differences between the two trucks. Ford went for what is familiar by styling the Lightning after the popular gas-fueled F-150. The idea is to gently ease ICE drivers into the world of EV by offering them what they are used to.
There is another reason for Ford’s design decision, though. The battery-powered truck shares many parts with its predecessor, making it cheaper to build by Ford and maintain by the buyer. Also, most accessories will work between the electric and ICE versions.
GM, however, built the Silverado as a new electric vehicle and tried to differentiate it from the ICE trucks, although you would still know you are looking at a Chevy. Perhaps this explains why it took Chevy longer to get to this stage of development.
In reality, this difference does not impact everyday usage for the buyer.
What is similar between the F-150 Lightning and Chevy Silverado EV?
Since these are electric pickup trucks targeting the same use cases, the two vehicles have quite a lot in common. For example, both are four-door trucks with a spacious cabin filled with modern tech.
Ford decided to position the touchscreen center console in portrait orientation like you would find in older Tesla cars, while GM practically merged it with the instrument cluster. Also, the Chevy comes with a flat-bottom steering wheel to ease sliding in and out of the driver seat while Ford kept it all rounded.
In terms of performance, both trucks use a two-motor system to provide propulsion, and you won’t be disappointed by either. The two trucks promise to go from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. You can tow up to 10,000 pounds behind you in any of these trucks.
If you need to tap power from your EV battery, both trucks offer the feature, meaning you can power work tools or other electronics, or even your home, if you really have to. This is courtesy of the bi-directional charging capability Ford and GM have included.
Frunk (front trunk) is impressive on both models, so you can stash things there on your trips.
In more similarities, both the F-150 Lightning and Chevy Silverado will be offered as low-cost bare-bones for workers and fully loaded options for folks that want more out of their trucks. However, luxurious-minded folks should be ready to drop close to 6-figures for either vehicle.
The base prices are very similar, with GM doing only $70 better than Ford. The Chevy starts at $39,900.
What is different between the F-150 Lightning and Chevy Silverado EV?
Since the same company does not make the two models, there are differences. However, a Chevrolet spokesperson admitted GM wasn’t competing while designing their truck but only wanted to offer their customers the best.
Chevy seemed to have spied the Lightning’s specs sheet and decided to slightly do better to remain in the same price range. For example, while the Lightning produces 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque, the Silverado outputs 664 hp and 780 lb-ft.
The Silverado promises 400 miles of driving range against the 300 miles on the Lightning. Charging is also faster on the Chevy, accepting up to 350 kW (when you can find such a charger) against the Lightning’s 150 kW maximum. The completion is even closer in the onboard electricity, with the Chevy supplying 10.2 kW and the Lightning 9.6 kW.
The Lightning has an advantage with the payload capacity, taking up to 2,000 kg, about 700 kg more than the Chevy.
Apart from the range, there is not much separating the Ford F-150 Lightning from the Chevrolet Silverado EV, and you would be well-served by either electric pickup truck.