Yes, the Hummer badge is back. Meet GMC’s new Hummer EV, an all-electric “super-truck” with an estimated 746 kW.
Set to take its place as the first fully electric model in General Motors’ GMC division, the Hummer EV offers what the American firm describes as “unprecedented off-road capability, extraordinary on-road performance and an immersive driving experience”.
The company says an “estimated” 1 000 hp (or 746 kW) is offered courtesy of three separate electric motors housed within two drive units, plus the 24-module double-stacked battery. The US-based firm says “based on preliminary testing”, the Hummer EV will have a range in excess of 350 miles (563 km) and a 0-100 km/h time of “approximately” 3,0 seconds.
It will offer 800-volt DC public fast-charging compatibility of up to 350 kW. Interestingly, the vehicle mechanically switches its batteries from parallel to series mode during charging, which GMC says makes it compatible with the fastest 350 kW DC fast chargers.
What else do we know about the new super-bakkie? Well, it boasts a four-wheel steering system with the previously teased “CrabWalk” feature, allowing the front and rear wheels to steer at the same angle at low speeds to enable diagonal movement of the vehicle.
The adaptive air suspension system features an “Extract Mode”, which sees the ride height raised by some 149 mm to help the Hummer EV negotiate “extreme off-road situations”. A set of 35-inch-OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tyres will be offered as standard, with the option of upgrading to 37-inch items.
GMC says “sturdy” steel plates are “strategically located” around the battery pack under the vehicle. Inside, you’ll find a 13,4-inch infotainment screen and a 12,3-inch instrument cluster.
“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 manoeuvrability unlike anything GM has ever offered before,” said Al Oppenheiser, GMC Hummer EV chief engineer.
Production of the Hummer EV is scheduled to kick off in late 2021 in Detroit.