Hummer is back after months of coronavirus-related delays. Only this time it's electric.
Announced in February and originally slated to be unveiled in May, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV is an electric pickup truck that revived the Hummer name, last seen in a civilian vehicle about a decade ago. The Hummer EV is part of a rush of new electric models from General Motors and is set to start production in 2021. This will bring it to the showrooms as a model in 2022.
While the Hummer EV comes on the market as a single model for the GMC brand, Hummer was originally a separate GM brand with several of its own models. Hummer began making civil versions of the military Humvee before moving to more mainstream models based on common GM platforms. Hummers had a well-deserved reputation as a gas eater, which led to the demise of the brand after the 2008 recession and makes the Hummer revival with an electric vehicle deliciously ironic.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is a four-door pickup truck with a short-looking bed, similar to the old Hummer H2 SUT model. It re-introduces the H2's chrome grille as an illuminated strip, adding what GMC calls the “Infinity Roof,” with four removable transparent panels for a convertible-like amount of open space.
The Hummer EV has the now obligatory EV frunk on the front and the MultiPro tailgate with six positions, which was first seen on the GMC Sierra pickup, on the back. However, it doesn't appear that GMC has developed any clever storage boxes and passageways like Bollinger and Rivian did with their electric vehicles.
Developed for off-road use, the Hummer EV gets standard 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, but GMC says they can accommodate tires up to 37 inches in diameter. Strategically placed steel plates protect the battery from stone chips, and stone sliders do the same for the body.
The standard infotainment setup includes a central 13.4-inch touchscreen, while a 12.3-inch screen replaces the traditional instrument cluster. As with most other GMC models, expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be standard. The screens can also be customized with widgets that show everything from tire pressures to pitch and roll angles.
The Hummer EV also gets the Super Cruise driver assistance system, previously only seen on Cadillac luxury models. Super Cruise is essentially a rival to Tesla Autopilot, which enables the car to automatically steer, brake, accelerate and change lanes on freeways.
However, unlike autopilot, Super Cruise uses a camera facing the driver to prevent distractions and only works on certain stretches of road that have been well mapped. With 200,000 miles so far mapped according to GMC, you still have plenty of places to do. Unlike autopilot, it is also a true hands-off system.
To make the truck more manoeuvrable on off-road routes (and probably also in tight parking spaces), the Hummer EV is equipped with all-wheel steering. It's not the first production vehicle with all-wheel steering (GMC even offered it for some trucks in the early 2000s), but it's the first with CrabWalk that allows the truck to travel diagonally at low speeds.
GMC offers up to 18 cameras – including front and rear underbody cameras – with which the driver can recognize obstacles and precisely position the vehicle in the field. GMC isn't the first automaker to refer to its camera system as a "virtual spotter," but we need to take some time to see if these systems can really replace a second set of human eyes.
GMC's three-engine, all-wheel drive system develops 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. With launch controls (or "Watts for Freedom," as GMC calls it), you can get a Hummer EV from zero to 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds, according to the automaker. That's faster than an Aston Martin Vantage or a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.
The Hummer EV uses GM's new Ultium modular battery system. The pickup receives 24 battery modules in a double stack arrangement, but GMC has not given a total capacity. The Hummer EV was said to have a range of up to 350 miles and a DC quick charge of 800 volts and 350 kilowatts that can restore a range of 100 miles after 10 minutes of charging.
The truck runs on adaptive air suspension that includes an “Extraction Mode” that allows the Hummer EV to be raised up to 6.0 inches to remove boulders or ford water.
When the GMC Hummer EV 2022 starts production at GM's newly renamed EV Factory Zero in Detroit in late 2021, it will face a lot of competition. With a launch price of $ 112,595, the Hummer is likely to outperform most of these competitors. Cheaper variants will be added to the range later in the production run.
The Tesla Cybertruck offers a similar combination of utility and sports car-like performance, but with a futuristic design. Tesla has announced that its first pickup truck will start production in late 2021, but the factory hasn't even been built yet.
The Rivian R1T offers a range of 400 miles and clever packaging. Like the Hummer EV, it appears to be more of a lifestyle accessory than a work vehicle. Rivian will build the R1T at a former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois and plans to start deliveries in mid-2021.
The Bollinger B2 is designed for Category 3, which normally includes work-oriented heavy-duty trucks. However, this can only be one way of simplifying the official approval process. Bollinger's back-to-basics truck has 614 horsepower, is designed for off-road use, and at a base price of $ 125,000, may be the group's most expensive truck.
Ford also takes electric vehicles seriously. It is planned to launch an electric version of its best-selling F-150 in the next few years. Little is known about the electric F-150, but given the success of the combustion model, it will definitely be one to check out.