By Cars.com EditorsOctober 21, 2022
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There’s been a lot of growth in the electric pickup truck class lately, with entrants from both startup and established brands alike. GMC already has one electric pickup truck in the Hummer EV, and now it has another: the 2024 SierraEV Denali.
There's been a lot of growth in the electric, full-size, pickup truck class with new entrants from both established and startup brands alike.
GMC already has an electric pickup truck in the form of the off-road focused Hummer EV and now they have another in this, the GMC Sierra EV Denali which arrives early in calendar year 2024 as a 2024 model. This is our first look at GMC's latest EV truck. So let's take a closer look at its features and capabilities. The Sierra EV gets an evolved version of GMC's signature lighting with these L-shaped daytime running lights, and in place of a traditional grill in the center there's a shield style design with an illuminated GMC badge in the middle and the shield itself is also illuminated on the outside. GMC has positioned the charge indicator lights right down here, so you can see at a glance what the state of charge is. And this Edition 1 version has 24 inch wheels and tires and even on this big vehicle, they still look massive. The Sierra EV has the exterior footprint of a crew-cab, short bed, full-size truck but it offers a lot more functionality than those trucks thanks to its mid gate design and its MultiPro tailgate. The mid gate is right behind the rear seats and you can fold it down and remove the window to have an extended cargo area that reaches a little more than nine feet in length when the mid gate's down and the tailgate is up. And if you fold the tailgate down like this and put up this MultiPro mode you have nearly 11 feet of length to store things. There's also a powered front e-trunk storage area that takes the place of where a conventional gas engine would normally be. The Sierra EV shares its chassis and propulsion architecture with the Chevrolet Silverado EV but it gets a unique interior. Now this is a very early version of the truck and GMC didn't want us to be sitting in it but you can see some of the differences with this vertically oriented 16.8 inch screen that includes a lot of vehicle features integrated with it. It's running Google Automotive OS, and it includes a trip planning feature to help you charge along your route. And there's also this digital instrument cluster and the truck also has GM Super Cruise feature that you can use when towing. GMC says the Edition 1 should have a driving range of around 400 miles in its 800 volt battery system should be able to charge at a rate of up to 350 kilowatts at a DC fast charger that supports that charging rate. Now on the home charging front, the Edition 1 can charge at a rate of up to 19.2 kilowatts with a level two charger. But to do that, you're gonna need a hundred amp dedicated circuit in your house. The truck can also output up to 10.2 kilowatts to power home appliances in an emergency or things like tailgating gear. And it can also do work because it's rated to tow up to 9,500 pounds and carry a payload as high as 1300 pounds. GMC has just shared details on the Edition 1 version of the truck right now, but there are other variants in the works, including an AT4 version with a two inch suspension lift that's more off-road focus and also an elevation trim that's more value oriented. Those versions will come later. But for more details on the Sierra EV Denali and other electric full size pickups check out cars.com/news.