2022 GMC Hummer EV Is a 1000 hp Off-Road SupertruckOctober 21st, 2020
After much anticipation, GMC has finally revealed the design, specs, and pricing for its all-new Hummer EV. Unlike the gas-guzzling Hummers of the past, this truck is a pure-electric, mean, green machine. GMC is touting the Hummer EV as a “supertruck,” and given its impressive specs, tech, and capabilities, I think this is one case where the marketing isn’t hyperbole.
Riding on 35″ off-road tires (and capable of up to 37″), the big, bold truck looks ready to take on the most rugged of terrain. The Hummer EV will come in four flavors, with prices ranging from $79,995 to $119,995. The heavy-duty electric truck is designed for off-road capabilities, performance, and eco-friendly everyday driving. At the bottom of the truck’s frame is General Motors’ new Ultium battery system, which drives either two or three motors. The base Hummer EV² has 2 motors, 625 hp, and an estimated 250 miles of range. The EV²ˣ ups that range to 300 miles, while the EV³ˣ has 3 motors and ups the power to 800 horses. At the top of the line is the 3-motor Hummer EV Edition 1 that produces a massive 1,000 horsepower, launching the truck from 0-to-60 mph in 3-seconds flat. The Hummer Edition 1 is expected to offer about a 350-mile driving range.
GMC is touting torque figures of 7400 lb-ft. to 11,500 lb-ft. depending on the model, though those are before the final drive ratio. If I had to estimate it, the torque going to the wheels is somewhere closer to 1,400 lb-ft., still a very impressive number.
The truck’s normal ride height offers 9.9″ of ground clearance, a 32.2º breakover angle, a 49.7º approach angle, and a 38.4º departure angle. It can also ford water up to 32″ deep. In the event of a very tall obstacle, the available 4-corner adaptive air suspension system can increase height up to 15.9″ in “Extract Mode.” The Hummer EV also offers 4-wheel steering, and a feature called “CrabWalk Mode” which can help it negotiate tricky trails by moving the rear wheels and distributing torque as necessary to move the whole truck sideways or diagonally. Combined with torque vectoring, the 4-wheel steering also improves cornering and gives the Hummer EV a curb-to-curb turning radius as little as 37 feet.
For those looking for maximum launch speed, the truck also offers a “Watts to Freedom” mode, which automatically lowers the truck to the lowest ride height and prepares the truck for the fastest launch on smooth roads.
Overhead, the truck can be equipped with a see-through “Infinity Roof” with removable panels for open-air driving. GMC will also offer its versatile MultiPro tailgate on the Hummer EV, and since the truck has no engine up front, there’s a storage compartment under the hood instead.
In addition to all of its capabilities, the Hummer EV will be packed with technology, including a 12.3″ digital driver information display and 13.4″ touchscreen with an interface driven by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. In addition, multiple cameras allow for the viewing of obstacles even underneath the truck.
The $119,995 Hummer Edition 1 will be the first model to arrive, with the first trucks delivered in Fall 2021. The EV³ˣ is next up, in Fall 2022, followed by the EV²ˣ in Spring 2023, and the EV² in Spring 2024. Naturally, these release dates are in descending order from most expensive to least expensive. Unsurprisingly, the Edition 1 sold out within hours of being offered for pre-order, but the similarly capable EV³ˣ is still available at this point.