There’s a revolution EV performance, and the Hummer EV Pickup leads early.
Look out. The Hummer Pickup’s here — and it is unlike any previous Hummer the world has seen, harking back to its introduction decades ago as a strictly Military vehicle. Today, it’s fully electric, built with power and strength — loaded with tech. It’s ready to hit the streets of Miami. (The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV, meanwhile, is due early in 2023). GMC seems to have scooped the industry with this outrageous new full-EV Hummer. Discontinued in 2010, the Hummer EV is poised to make a comeback as an all-electric sub-brand of GMC. The Hummer EV Pickup is a beast, with up to 1000 horsepower from its top powertrain option, which uses three electric motors and offers an estimated range of 350 miles per charge — engineered to be a supertruck, an off-road juggernaut that will go from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.0 seconds. (incidentally, Rivian makes the same 3.0 second claim, while the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning clocks 0 to 60 at 4.4 seconds.)
Last week, GM showed off the Hummer, which was developed in 18 months, when U.S. President Joe Biden visited the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, dubbed “Factory Zero.” GM officials have said the No. 1 U.S. automaker has sold out the first year’s worth of the pickups.
Performance engineer Todd Hubbard says, “The Hummer EV is capable of stuff that you wouldn’t expect this vehicle to do. The off-road attributes are crazy, and it can do 0-60 in 3.0 seconds. Those are attributes that are the polar opposite of what you would think you could do with the vehicle.”
The truck has active rear steering that allows the front and rear wheels to move in the same direction, resulting in a diagonal “crab walk” to get out of tight situations (see detail below). While most vehicles with four-wheel steering have about 3.0 degrees of rear steer, the rear wheels on the Hummer can crank up to 10 degrees in the same direction, giving this behemoth a 35.4-foot turning circle, similar to that of a compact Chevrolet Bolt.
A heavyweight champ destined to rule the road
It’s no lightweight. This pickup is a tank that moves — and there’s a lot to move (about 9,000 pounds, in fact). With three powerful electric motors, the 24-module battery pack, and all the bells and whistles included in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 launch model — it’s by far the biggest pickup in the category. It’s part of the irresistible Hummer charm.
The pickup measures at 217 inches long and has a five-foot bed. The truck measures up somewhere between the mid-size GMC Canyon, which is around 212 inches long, and the full-size Sierra, which is 231.7 inches.
A feast of technology; meticulously integrated
We love the four-wheel steering, and four-wheel drive with torque-vectoring on the rear axle of three-motor variants. Plus one-pedal driving (by backing off the accelerator pedal, the vehicles will slow to a stop using the electric motors’ resistance) and the driver can use the steering wheel paddle to increase the force of the regenerative braking system. There are large screens: 12.3-in digital gauge cluster and an even bigger 13.4-inch dash-mounted touchscreen infotainment display with three partitions of customizable information. The navigation system helps drivers locate charging stations and can get them to the trail, through the trails — urban or wilderness, and back home again seamlessly.
The Hummer will be the first vehicle to get the latest version of Super Cruise, GM’s Level 2 hands-free driving assist system. GM recently added automated lane changes when prompted by the turn signal to Super Cruise, but in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, you can set the system’s lane change to an automatic mode. With it engaged, the Hummer is capable of looking for an opening in traffic, executing the pass, and then returning to its original lane—all without any driver input.
The Hummer EV Pickup races to market
To get it to market quickly and ride the hype wave surrounding electric pickup trucks, the Hummer underwent a speedy development process. In April of 2019, Hummer EV chief engineer Al Oppenheiser and his team were challenged to create a better electric truck architecture. So they decided to create a supertruck—the best off-roader in the business. In just 3 years, the first Edition 1 units will be in customers’ hands this month — just in time for the holidays — and if you’re reserved one. The Hummer EV Pickup’s a hit.
“We went after this as an off-road beast first,” Oppenheiser said of the truck. As such, the battery pack is a structural element of the chassis in lieu of rails. The result is a flat underbody with five skidplates and rocker protectors; there is nothing hanging down to get hung up on the trail. The standard running board does not come off but was designed to take a beating. We love the huge tow hooks in front and rear.
Loaded with advanced technologies
The Hummer is equipped with giant 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler mud-terrain tires developed specifically for the truck. There are 18 camera views, including four positioned under the vehicle to act as virtual spotters. Press the wash button to clean them off mud and debris. On a hill where the nose was pointed skyward, the camera showed the terrain ahead as well as under the truck via the touchscreen. There are also bird’s-eye views.
By comparison, the Rivian has 11 cameras, none of them under the vehicle. The Hummer’s My Mode allows for customized settings, including sound enhancement, which can be set so the driver can hear the tires spinning off-road. The Fun mode is ideal for drifting in the dirt, allowing the back end to step out. The truck will even record and display your max drift.
Check this out — The Hummer EV’s CrabWalk feature allows the vehicle to move in a diagonal direction. When the system is engaged, all four wheels will be pointed in the same diagonal direction. Then, the system slowly moves the moves all four wheels at the same time across the surface
Brute force with an ultra-refined interior
Inside the Hummer EV Edition 1 is a high-end sea of black and white. The dash has a 13.4-inch screen with cool animations by Epic Games (creators of the Unreal Engine, the software behind games such as Fortnite and graphics for The Mandalorian, among other things) for each mode. Overhead, four glass roof panels can be removed and stored in the frunk. The panels are incredibly easy to take off: Unhook two latches and lift. They are not heavy, and removal is literally done in seconds. The frunk and tailgate are both powered to open and close via the key fob, a button inside the cab, or by tapping the exterior panels.
In general, The Edition 1’s interior is streamlined, but not delicate at all. There are lots of harsh angles, utilitarian buttons, and bold, straightforward features.
What it will cost you (if you can snag one)
The $112,595 Hummer EV Edition 1 is seriously undercut by the F-150 Lightning, which starts at $41,669. Meanwhile, the R1T Launch Edition starts at $74,145, though a lower-priced $68,645 Explore trim will follow next year. GMC will introduce lower-priced trim levels over the next few years, culminating in the base Hummer EV2, which goes on sale in 2024 with a starting price of $79,995.
The Hummer EV is meant to showcase the best of the best that General Motors has to offer as it makes a massive pivot toward cleaner vehicles.