GMC has introduced a new Hummer EV pickup truck and SUV. The Hummer was one of my favourite off-road vehicles back in the day. That to H2 was the favourite one as it was close to the H1 and better than H3. But as we move towards cleaner vehicles, GMC decided to launch a Hummer EV in 2022. We all knew the old Hummer were gas-guzzling vehicles hence they were discontinued in 2010. Will the new Hummer EV be an efficient EV?
So let’s see the Hummer EV GMC has introduced
Hummer EV Pickup
The bulky muscular size of the old Hummer is continued with the Hummer EV Pickup, so it does stand out from other EV pickup trucks on the market. The exterior of this Hummer EV pickup is okay according to me, as mostly the design is boxy, and you will see a lot of “H” in the exterior and interior of the vehicle, but this pickup has some excellent features and great power and torque figures.
This Hummer EV pickup has 212.7 kWh of a usable battery pack, which is a huge battery that weighs almost 2900 lbs (almost 1300 Kg), which gives it a claimed range of 329 Miles. Also, the total kerb weight is around 4100 KG, that’s a heavy vehicle, hence to pull such a heavy vehicle Hummer has 3 electric motors and the combined power output is 1000hp and 1630 NM of torque. This gives the Hummer pickup a 0-60 time of 3 sec, though they do not include 1 foot of rollout, which will make the 0-60 time of the vehicle to 3.3 secs. Which is still fast for a massive vehicle. But the top speed is limited to 106 MPH (170 Kmph).
The claimed range of 329 miles (530 Km) is quite less when you see the battery size of 212.7 kWh. Also, the miles per KW is the lowest for an EV at 1.5 miles per kWh. This is the company claimed so we would definitely get less than that. Though it is because of the weight of the vehicle. And I only hope to get around 250 miles of real-world range max because this is not an Efficient EV. Also, the max charging capacity is 350 kWh, and GMC says you can get 100 miles of range in around 10-12 mins. Though this may vary in real-world applications.
Hummer EV has 4 variants Hummer EV², EV²x, EV³x, and EV Edition 1. The cheapest one is EV² priced at $79,995 and the top variant is priced at $105,595. And Hummer EV pickup Edition 1 went for sale in the fall of 2021, and the Hummer EV SUV is expected to launch in 2023
Off-road in Hummer EV pickup edition 1
You get 35 inches of tyres with 18-inch wheels as standard, you can also fit 37 inches of tyres without any fuss.
Hummer EV pickup has 11.9 inches of ground clearance, 44.3 degrees of approach angle, 33.7 degrees departure angle, 25.4 degrees of break-over angle, and 28 inches of water wading capacity. This is really good for off-roading, but you can increase them if you select extract mode and the numbers are even more awesome with 16 inches of ground clearance, 49.7 degrees of approach angle, 38.4 degrees departure angle, 32.2 degrees of break-over angle, and 32 inches of water wading capacity.
You get 18 cameras around the vehicle that will guide you to any offroad conditions. It has a top, side, and underbody camera. With these cameras, you would not need a spotter.
Features of Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1
Hummer’s adjustable ride height is according to the conditions, it has 11 inches of ground clearance and 13 inches of suspension travel, so if you are in sport mode the suspension will lower and in off-road condition the suspension will get up to 16 inches which allow you to tackle any obstacle or water. For those who admire the off-road prowess of vehicles like the Hummer EV but prefer a different aesthetic, adding a Tacoma steel bumper can provide not just a rugged transformation but also enhanced durability for similar outdoor adventures.
This vehicle has rear-wheel steering which is very helpful in tight spots because it is a huge vehicle, the rear wheel turns 10° maximum, which is pretty good.
This is an interesting feature, it has something called Crabwalk, what it does is it allows all 4 wheels to turn in the same direction and practically move the vehicle sideways.
You can physically remove the roof by unscrewing free screws and get an experience of a convertible, you can remove the roof for a specific seat also. You can also roll down the rear windshield. Also, you have space to store all your roof panels in the front trunk.
Yes, this has a massive front truck or Frunk as people say it, and a large bed with steps to get on it
Hummer EV pickup has a 13.4-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital driver display. The infotainment system has wireless Android auto and apple car play. There are physical buttons for climate control and other functions which is good.
It has UltraVision, which means it has 18 onboard cameras that are really useful in off-road conditions, you would not need a spotter you can get past any obstacle just by using these cameras which is amazing.
Hummer EV pickup has hands-free driving where the driver can remove the hands from the steering wheel but has to be alert always. Hummer EV calls it a supercruise mode. This is similar to adaptive cruise control but with an advanced system. You can enable this with a press of a button and when the steering icon is turned green on the digital display you can take your hands off. The driver attention system will monitor the driver if they are paying attention to the road.
I personally like the Hummer EV pickup, with the massive styling, the power and the offroad capabilities this has to be one of the overall packages, but for an EV it is really not efficient. We have Rivna R1T, which is equally capable and an efficient EV overall. So Hummer has made a good vehicle, but I think the sales will not be high as the competition is tough. Still, the enthusiast will buy the Hummer EV as it brings in nostalgia. and man the power figures are amazing.
Only Hummer EV pickup edition 1 is launched, and GMC is going to launch other models and an SUV in 2023 and 2024. I will write a detailed review in future when it enters India which is expected in 2022, but not sure about this.
Thanks to the GMC website for information and images