GMC Hummer EV: Everything you need to know

At the beginning of the year, General Motors Truck Company (GMC) teased the world with a few images and a short video of the Hummer EV. Now, the supertruck, has become a reality. The Hummer EV Edition 1 is aimed at a 2022 release and will be the first fully electric addition to GMC’s lineup.

“This innovative truck comes to market with speed and purpose, bringing GM another step closer to an all-electric future,” said Mark Reuss, president of General Motors. “With our Ultium Drive architecture as the foundation for an exceptionally broad range of performance, Hummer EV is perfect for the customer who wants capability, efficiency and performance.”

TotallyEV looks at everything you need to know on the upcoming pick-up truck/SUV.

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Hummer EV performance

The Hummer EV will have a three-motor e4WD propulsion system (including torque vectoring), where it will have a staggering 1,000 hp of power and a ‘claimed’ 15,591 Nm (11,500 lb-ft) of torque. The latter number should be taken with a grain of salt, as it’s the amount of torque that can be generated at the axel, not at the wheel – a vastly inflated number in comparison to the figure that all other manufacturers quote.

GMC Hummer EV design

For example, the Tesla Model S P100D dispatches 1,248 Nm (920 lb-ft) of torque at the wheel from its 439 kW (589 hp) motor. In essence, the Hummer EV will still likely have a vastly impressive figure, where we predict it to be near the same level of Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck – 1,355 Nm (1,000 lb-ft).

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GM also estimates the vehicle will propel itself to 60mph in approximately three seconds. The Hummer EV will also offer the ability to switch between different drive modes, where it will include torque splits between the front and rear wheels, and four-wheel steering settings. Here, ‘Terrain Mode’ will raise the EV’s ride height by nearly 2 inches. Elsewhere, ‘Adaptive Ride Control’ will help the air suspension for both on- and off-road driving.

GMC Hummer EV range

The Hummer EV’s tyres are also a focal point, with massive 35″ Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires and the option to upgrade to even larger 37″ tyres, too. The large tyres allow the vehicle to scale 18″ verticals and to drive through water that is more than 2 feet (0.61m) deep.

This supertruck will be able to move sidewards, too. GM coins it ‘CrabWalk’ – a mode which allows the large-sized vehicle to move diagonally; ideal for rough and tricky terrain.

GMC Hummer EV performance

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Hummer EV range

Utilising a 24-module, double-stacked Ultium battery propulsion system, the Hummer EV will offer up to 350 miles on a single charge. This will make it, at the time of writing one of the longest-range all-electric vehicles on the market.

The Hummer EV is expected to have 800-volt DC fast charging capabilities; meaning it will be able to utilise 350 kW public DC fast-charging stations. As a result, it’ll net around 100 miles of range in under 10 minutes.

The battery cells will be produced as part of a joint venture with LG Chem, at a new facility, in Lordstown, Ohio.

GMC Hummer EV battery

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Hummer EV design

From the exterior, the Hummer EV looks like a modern, non-war-bound Humvee; from its striking front headlight design to its elongated wheelbase and chunky wheels. The supertruck even has underbody steel plates that are strategically located around the battery pack and help provide protection in extreme off-roading conditions.

“The GMC Hummer EV reimagines an instantly-recognizable silhouette for a modern, all-electric future,” said Phil Zak, design executive director. “Its design visually communicates extreme capability, which is reinforced with rugged architectural details offered with a premium, well-executed and appointed interior.”

The vehicle’s design allows for open-air driving, where its roof has removable transparent ‘Sky Panels’ that can be stowed away in the Hummer EV’s frunk (front boot) storage compartment. At the back of the cabin, sits an electronically adjustable rear drop glass window, and a tonneau cover. The Hummer EV will seat up to five individuals.

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Inside the cabin, there’s a large 13.4″ infotainment display at the centre of the dashboard and a 12.3″ digital instrument cluster that resides behind the steering wheel. The steering wheel also has a very Hummer-like design, with a square facade for the media and cluster controls. Likewise, at the centre console, you’ll find an oversized gear selector, which sits next to a rotary dial that seemingly adjusts the vehicle’s air suspension.

Hummer EV tech

Aside from its gusto exterior and interior design, the Hummer EV also has an abundance of technology systems. For example, it’ll come with the latest version of ‘Super Cruise’, which offers hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles (approximately 322,000 km) of enabled roads, and a new lane automatic changing feature, where the system can determine when a lane change is optimal and initiate the manoeuvre all while following signalling protocols.

Elsewhere, there are numerous cameras dotted at the front and rear underbody of the vehicle, to provide a virtual image of the vehicle’s surroundings – making it easier for drivers to navigate obstacles and place wheels on and off the trail. Named ‘UltraVision’, these cameras also help prevent the vehicle from getting damaged and have a wash function to help clear debris.

GMC Hummer EV interior

Expanding on the above, the vehicle’s infotainment system also has ‘off-road widgets’, that are aimed at showing the Hummer EV’s torque output, differential locker engagement, tyre pressure, pitch and roll angles (including maximum values), a drift gauge (with maximum values), friction circle, torque vectoring and more.

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Hummer EV price and release date

The Hummer EV will be available in 2022 at a starting MSRP of $112,595. At the time of writing, there are no plans for it being released outside of the US. This will be the named as the ‘Edition 1’ model.

Every GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 will be identically appointed and fully equipped. Each features a white exterior and a unique Lunar Horizon interior, with special “Edition 1” interior badging.

The other variants are as follows:

Hummer EV2

(available Spring 2024)

Hummer EV2X

(available Spring 2023)

Hummer EV3X

(available Fall 2022)

MSRP: $79,995 MSRP: $89,995 MSRP: $99,995
Includes standard equipment

  • Two-motor drive system
Includes Hummer EV2 standard equipment, plus:

  • Adaptive Air Ride
  • Extract Mode
  • 4 Wheel Steer with CrabWalk
Includes Hummer EV2X equipment, plus:

  • Three-motor drive system
  • Torque Vectoring
  • Watts to Freedom

 

Initial production begins in late 2021, at GM’s Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center — a nearly 40-year-old facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2 billion investment devoted to electric vehicle production. Future production vehicles out of the factory will offer zero emissions.

More information and reservation details head on over to GMC’s website.

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