A few months ago we got the news that GMC was preparing to release an all-electric Hummer for 2021. Well, now it is here, in all of its glory.
With the release of the Edition 1, the Hummer EV is here to lead the EV revolution into off-road – ‘a first-of-its kind supertruck developed to forge new paths with zero emissions.’
With 1,000hp and 11,500lb ft powered by three electric motors in what GMC calls Ultium Drive. Battery cells come in the form of Ultium batteries, which are unique in the industry thanks to their large-format, pouch-style cells, that can be stacked vertically or horizontally inside the battery pack. The Hummer has two layers of cell modules providing a 24-module pack which gives over 350 miles of range. This battery tech also allows the batteries to be switched from parallel to series mode during charging, which makes HUMMER EV compatible with 350 kW DC fast chargers – where charging for 10 minutes will give nearly 100 miles of range.
Don’t think for a second that because the Hummer has gone electric, it can’t offroad. Al Oppenheiser, GMC HUMMER EV chief engineer said, “We had one goal for HUMMER EV: Build the most capable factory truck – ever. It’s an absolute off-road beast with a unique e4WD drive system that provides maneuverability unlike anything GM has ever offered before.”
The HUMMER EV’s driving experience can also be tailored by the driver for different conditions through Drive Mode Control. It includes four pre-configured modes: Normal, Tow/Haul, Off-Road and Terrain, along with the configurable My Mode — featuring a new Adrenaline Mode.
Each has specific chassis, suspension and propulsion characteristics, including the maximum torque delivered to the wheels; and along with the distinctive suspension and torque variables, the interior display screen graphics and colors, along with unique vehicle sounds, will be changeable with the different modes.
Two of the Hummer’s party tricks are Crabwalk and Extract mode – using the four-wheel steer to drive diagonally at low speeds helping it traverse tight trails whilst the latter allows the body of the Hummer to be raised 6 inches to offer extra height when tackling difficult terrain.
When off-roading, there is a strong want not to damage any panels, so Hummer has new front and rear underbody cameras with live “virtual spotter” views to help drivers navigate obstacles and place wheels on and off the trail. The underbody cameras are packaged to help protect against damage and equipped with a wash function to help clear debris.
The 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1 will have a starting price of $112,595 with cheaper models due from Autumn 2022 to Spring 2024 ranging from $79,995 to $99,995.