10 Unique Features of the New GMC Hummer Electric Truck That Will Blow Your Mind

10 Unique Features of the New Hummer EV That Will Blow Your Mind

Hummer EV SUV and Truck

Civilian versions of the Humvee military truck have been around for nearly three decades, but the Hummer EV is different. First, it draws power from a massive battery pack instead of a diesel or V8 engine. The Edition 1 model is Porsche-quick despite being heavy and seemingly un-aerodynamic. Its chief rivals will be the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and Ford F-150 electric pickup truck.

And that’s the second way that the Hummer EV is different from the last three generations of the Hummer. GM had dabbled with the idea of the pickup truck body style before — the 2009 Hummer H3T had a short production run and an even shorter bed. The EV has a similar twin-cab layout but it’s an all-new vehicle that shares nothing but a passing exterior resemblance to the Hummers. Our definition of this nameplate is about to change, and here are 10 reasons why we think it’ll change for the better:

  • Crabwalk: Four-wheel steering to help you crawl sideways! The system makes the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front wheels even at low speeds. In regular driving, the 4WS system gives this car the same turning circle diameter as a Ford Focus at 37 feet. But Crabwalk should help mask the size of this truck on an off-road trail, and clear obstacles with greater ease. That said, the Hummer EV has its own definition of what sized rock counts as an obstacle.
  • Ultravision and underbody protection: This EV seems to be as off-road-capable as the best factory-spec Land Rovers and Jeeps. It is certainly more rugged, especially if you opt for the underbody protection. It adds no less than 5 skid plates including rock sliders at the front and rear. Thick metal sheets cover the wheel wells and two underbody shields are present. Ultravision offers 18 different underbody camera angles that help you see under the car and prevent scraping the unshielded front and rear lower control arms.
  • Adaptive Air Ride: The double-wishbone front and rear suspension setup is fully independent, but limits the wheel articulation by design. To get around this, the Adaptive Air Ride air suspension offers 13 inches of travel, good for 10 inches of ground clearance in Standard mode and 11.9” in Terrain Mode. You also have Off-Road and Tow modes, and you can set the ride height to your own preference in the customizable My Mode.
  • Extract Mode: To get out of the worst spots, the SUV and truck come with Extract Mode which raises the car 6 inches over the standard ride height, giving it a whopping 15.9” of ground clearance! Extract Mode could come in handy when fording water — it allows a maximum wading depth of 32 inches over the Standard Mode’s 26 inches. 
  • Motors and variants: Edition 1 cars are equipped with three 250kW motors — one at each rear wheel and one at the front axle. The combined power output is rated at a whopping 1,000hp and 11,500lb-ft of torque. Apart from the Edition 1, an 800hp and 9,500lb-ft Hummer EV3X will also be available. Hummer EV2 and EV2X variants will have two motors with a combined output of 625hp and 7,400lb-ft.
  • Performance: Specs for the other models are not available yet, but we know that the Edition 1 variant will be quick. The claimed 0-60mph time is 3 seconds, just a smidge slower than the Tesla Model X. But the Model X is a slippery SUV while the Hummer EV has all the aerodynamic prowess of a house. GMC hasn’t disclosed the truck’s drag coefficient, but we are sure that each top speed run in the truck is a battle against Newtonian physics.
  • Battery Pack: We expect the Hummer EV to have around 200kWh of battery capacity. The 24 modules in the pack are stacked with intelligent switches that allow the car to be charged on either 400- or 800-volt systems. The Hummer EV debuts GMC’s revolutionary wireless battery management system that reduces the amount of wiring in the battery pack.
  • Infinity roof: Unlike the pre-production Cybertruck, the Hummer EV’s panoramic roof isn’t a single pane of glass. It comprises 4 separate square-shaped Transparent Sky Panels that can be removed and stowed away. GMC claims that removing the roof panels has no effect on the chassis rigidity since most of that stiffness comes from the structural battery pack under the floor. 
  • Super Cruise: The Hummer EV’s driver assistance package is similar to the one we’ve seen in the Cadillac CT6. It gets an adaptive cruise control system with a lane-keeping assist. This system doesn’t boast full self-driving like Teslas, but we expect it to be a reliable hands-free driving system for the interstate.
  • Infotainment: There are two large screens on the dashboard — a 13-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and a 12-inch display for the driver’s instrumentation. The former is paired with a Bose sound system in the Edition 1 variant.

Hummer EV: All Your Questions Answered

  1. What is the Hummer EV?

    The Hummer used to be a General Motors SUV powered by petrol and diesel engines. We saw the last of the Hummer H3s reach the end of production in 2010, and the nameplate ceased to exist for a full decade. Now, General Motors’ GMC division has revived the Hummer name with an electric truck and SUV called the Hummer EV. It is an all-new vehicle that doesn’t share its platform or engineering with fossil-fueled GM Hummers. It boasts of the following distinctive features: 

    – Up to 1000 horsepower in Edition 1 models
    – 0-60 mph in approximately 3 seconds (Edition 1)
    – A panoramic sunroof with modular sky panels
    – Four-wheel-steering with Crab Walk diagonal maneuverability mode

    These features and tech allow for incredible off-road capabilities while retaining on-road driving manners.

  2. How many GMC Hummer EV variants are available?

    Hummer EV is offered in four variants — Hummer EV2, EV2X, EV3X, and range-topping Edition 1. The base and EV2X  variants are driven by twin motors, with the base model likely to be offered with a rear-wheel-drive layout. The higher-spec variants are equipped with three motors.

  3. When will the Hummer EV go on sale?

    According to GMC, the different variants of the Hummer EV will be available as follows:

    Hummer EV edition 1 pickup truck: Fall 2021
    Hummer EV edition 1 SUV: Early 2023
    Hummer EV3X pickup truck: Fall 2022
    Hummer EV3X SUV: Spring 2023
    Hummer EV2X: Spring 2023
    Hummer EV2: Spring 2024

  4. How to pre-order the Hummer EV?

    You can reserve the Hummer EV through GMC’s official website. This reservation includes four steps:

    – Pick the trim level
    – Choose your dealer
    – Enter your name and other information
    – Confirm the reservation agreement and pay the fee

    GMC is no longer taking reservations for the Edition 1 model, but you can add your name to the waitlist through the same reservation process. Other variants are available for reservation.

  5. How can I test drive a Hummer EV?

    You can contact a dealer in your state and they will schedule your test drives for the GMC Hummer EV whenever a test car is available. 

  6. How much does the Hummer EV cost?

    2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup truck prices by variant are as follows:

    Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup truck: $112,595
    Hummer EV Edition 1 SUV: $105,595
    Hummer EV3X: $99,995
    Hummer EV2X: $89,995
    Hummer EV2: $79,995

  7. When will GMC start delivering Hummer EVs to buyers? 

    The first batch of Edition 1 pickup trucks that were reserved in 2020, will be produced in 2021. They are likely to be delivered by late 2021. Edition 1 SUVs are scheduled to be delivered by early 2023.

  8. What is the lease price of the Hummer EV?

    Contact your nearest GMC dealer to know if they offer leases, or when they plan to start leasing Hummer EVs. You can pick the same dealer while ordering your Hummer EV online.

  9. How much does a base-spec Hummer EV cost?

    GMC says that the base Hummer EV2 variant will cost $79,995. However, it is scheduled to be introduced in 2024. The two-motor EV is likely to be rear-wheel drive. It will have 625hp and an estimated range of 250 miles. 

  10. Where will the Hummer EV be produced?

    The Hummer EV will be manufactured at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant located in Michigan. Production is scheduled to commence in Fall 2021. 

  11. What are the charging options that will be offered on the Hummer EV?

    Hummer EV comes with an 800-volt DC fast charging capability. It can be charged at a maximum rate of 350kW. GMC says that you’ll get 100 miles of range after a 10-minute charge. At more commonly available 100kW chargers, expect the approximately 200kWh battery pack to take up to two hours for an 80% charge. 

  12. What is the cost to charge a Hummer EV?

    If you always charge at home using an AC wall box, it could cost as little as 8 to 23 cents per mile to charge your Hummer EV. DC fast charging costs around $0.35/min, so expect to pay an estimated $20 per session to charge from 10% battery. These are indicative estimates. Expect to pay more for 800-volt chargers that are equipped to provide up to 350kW of current.

  13. How long does it take to charge a Hummer EV?

    Charging times vary by type of charger, type of current and the amount of electric charge being supplied:

    – If an AC level 1 charger is used, it can deliver a range of 2-4 miles per hour of charging
    – If an AC level 2 charger is used, it can deliver a range of 7-40 miles per hour (at 3KW-19KW)
    – If a DC fast charger is used, it can deliver a range of 60-100 miles of range per 10 minutes, varying by charging wattage (50kW to 350kW)

  14. How big is the Hummer EV’s battery?

    The GMC Hummer EV’s Ultium battery pack includes 24 modules, each with 24 cells. We expect it to have a maximum capacity of around 200kWh, good for a claimed range of over 350 miles. Lower-spec models are expected to have lower battery capacities. 

  15. How much range can I expect from the Hummer EV? 

    The claimed range figures of the GMC Hummer EV by trim level are as follows:

    Hummer EV edition 1: 350 miles (563 km)
    Hummer EV3X: 300 miles (483 km)
    Hummer EV2X: 300 miles (483 km)
    Hummer EV2: 250 miles (402 km)

  16. How many years can I expect the Hummer EV’s battery to last?

    The average life of currently available electric vehicle battery packs is between 100,000 to 200,000 miles. However, the GMC Hummer EV’s Ultium battery packs are claimed to last for one million miles.

  17. What kind of infotainment system does the Hummer EV offer?

    The Hummer EV gets an Android-based infotainment system which uses Unreal Engine for graphics. It has a 13.4-inch infotainment touchscreen paired with a Bose sound system. The driver’s instrumentation is displayed on a 12-inch display behind the steering wheel. We expect the system to offer navigation with Google Maps and voice search with Google Assistant, although GMC is yet to announce these features.

  18. Will the Hummer EV be available in right-hand-drive? 

    According to reports, the GMC Hummer EV might be converted to right-hand-drive in Australia by General Motors Specialty Vehicles. It could be sold in Australia and other right-hand-drive markets such as the UK. 

  19. Is the Hummer EV bulletproof?

    The Tesla Cybertruck has set our expectations for EV trucks high, but no, the GMC Hummer EV will not be bulletproof. 

  20. What are the overall dimensions of the Hummer EV?

    The GMC Hummer EV has a 135.6 inches wheelbase with a total width of 86.7 inches and a length of 216.8 inches. In terms of length, the Hummer EV is comparable to mid-size trucks such as the Ford Ranger. 

  21. How much can the Hummer EV tow?

    We don’t have the official figures yet, but to compete with other midsize trucks,  the Hummer EV would have to be capable of towing at least 7,500lbs, with a payload capacity of 1,500lbs to 3,500lbs. Given that the SUV or pickup truck are more likely to be used as lifestyle off-roaders than utility or work trucks, we wouldn’t be surprised to find a lower towing rating when the official specifications are announced.

Michael Schuck

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