Updated 21st October 2020 | 10:40 IST
General Motors today revealed the GMC Hummer EV, it’s a first electric pickup. The vehicle features a 350 range, 1,000 HP, and up to 11,500-pound feet of torque (through fuzzy math). And with a starting price of $80,000, it’s easily twice the value of a gas-powered pickup. Yes, it kind of seems like the Tesla Cybertruck.
Several key stats stick above the remainder. Three motors within two Ultium drive units power the vehicle and it appears to possess the longest battery of any GM vehicle with an electrical powertrain. GM says the Hummer EV can hit 60 mph in around three seconds. It also has all-wheel steering, which allows it to drive diagonally during a mode called Crabwalk. There are removable roof panels, 35-inch tires, and an air suspension which will raise the vehicle 6-inches.
Some details are still missing including the capacity of the battery and towing capacity. For truck buyers, numbers around power and torque are secondary to what they mean within the world. what proportion can the vehicle tow? How far can it go? How far can it go when pulling a trailer?
GM has much time to answer those questions and more. The Hummer EV isn’t coming soon. GMC said the vehicle is going to be available for pre-ordering in 2021 and vehicles are going to be available for delivery in 2022.
The electric Hummer starts at $80,000. That gets buyers the Hummer EV2, a two-drive version that lacks key advertised features. For $100,000 buyers can get the Hummer EV3x which incorporates three motors and torque vectoring steering. For $90,000, and a release date of Spring 2023, buyers can get the EV2x which incorporates air ride and 4 wheel steer.
The Hummer EV
The Hummer brand long stood for excessively large vehicles and this new incarnation is not any different. It’s massive. While GM hasn’t revealed the complete dimensions, it comes stock with 35-inch tires and is capable of 37-inch tires. That’s big.
GM built impressive technology into the Hummer EV. The Hummer EV comes with GM’s self-driving technology, Super Cruise, that permits the truck to drive partly autonomously. The battery pack is capable of connecting to an 800-volt charging system which will give the vehicle 100 miles in 10 minutes of charging. Buyers can order the Hummer EV with up to 18 cameras, including cameras that sit under the vehicle to assist with ground clearance.
It seems GMC is positioning the Hummer EV as a quasi off-roader that’s part pickup and part SUV.
Inside a 13.4-inch touchscreen dominates the dashboard. The driver’s gauge cluster is digital also with a 12.3-inch screen. Epic’s Unreal Engine powers both screens, which features class-leading animations. This technology may be a huge breakthrough over GM’s current infotainment system. The vehicle still has many buttons, though, as functions like climate control are break away the screen.
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The general’s electric era
The Hummer EV may be a big step for General Motors and signals a market shift. GM started its EV push within the ’90s with the EV1, which was revived in spirit with the Volt in 2010. GM released the tiny Chevy Bolt in 2017. None of those cars sold in large numbers, frankly, because they were uninspiring and, and well, cars. General Motors et al. as Ford largely stopped developing cars because the market shifted to SUVs and pickups. GM is moving past the tiny commuter car with the Hummer EV in favour of an outsized pickup — a market segment GM knows well.
The Chevy Silverado joins the Ford F-150 and Ram Pickup because the top three selling vehicles within the US. The three pickups outsold subsequent six vehicles combined. Trucks are a serious marketplace for American automakers, and therefore the Hummer EV is clearly designed to check the water. With a unibody construction, it’s easy to imagine General Motors releasing an SUV version of the Hummer EV too. this is able to follow GM’s recent roadmap of moving far away from cars and into SUVs and crossovers.
The Hummer EV’s unusual shape speaks to engineering limitations and partly explains why the GMC Hummer EV isn’t branded as a Chevy Silverado or GMC Serra. very similar to the Tesla Cybertruck, the Hummer EV is probably going supported a unibody construction almost like a coach . At this point , or rather when development began on the Hummer EV, it’s likely GM couldn’t produce a unibody pickup with an equivalent key specifications around towing, cargo capacity, and range of its Silverado pickups. an electrical Silverado (or Ford F-150) must match its combustion counterpart on key areas — something the Hummer EV fails to try to to .
An electric Silverado is within the works. GM’s Mary Barra revealed the apparent during an interview in 2019. The automaker has only released one detail about the upcoming pickup: consistent with a financial document from July 2020, the electrical pickup will have a 400 mile range.
General Motors has another electric pickup within the works through a big investment with Nikola. On September 8, General Motors announced a $2 million investment in Michigan-based Nikola Motors. With the investment, General Motors gained access to Nikola’s EV development while also agreeing to manufacture Nikola’s Badger pickup. However, the deal is in question after fraud claims caused the company’s chairman to step down.
GM discontinued the Hummer brand during the auto crisis of 2008. It’s largely remembered for the monstrous H1 and H2 SUVs, the primary being a civilian version of the military’s Humvee and therefore the second being an over-the-top SUV. Towards the top of Hummer’s life, the corporate offered a pickup version of its smaller H3 model.