It’s been over a decade since the last Hummer came off the production line in May of 2010, but the storied brand is making its comeback at last with two all-new electric vehicles. The Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV, each of which have four different models, are set to be released gradually over the coming three years.
Unfortunately, some of the coolest and most unique features Hummer is bringing to the table will require customers to drop a significant amount of cash. Still, with the release date of the Hummer EV Pickup quickly approaching, we figured it was time to take a closer look at GMC’s foray in the world of electric all-terrain vehicles.
Hummer EV at a glance
Well, according to GMC, Hummer’s parent company, the Hummer EV is the “world’s first all-electric supertruck” — now, what that means is really up to interpretation, but we’ll do our best to break it down for you here.
From the marketing, features, price point, and discourse surrounding these electric trucks, it’s clear that Hummer engineered these EVs as an exceptionally luxurious alternative to vehicles like the Tesla Cybertruck or Ford F-150 Lightning.
These two electric trucks will come with a host of features that aim to set them apart from competitors like the aforementioned Cybertruck and F-150 Lightning, and market newcomers like Rivian’s R1T and Bollinger’s B1. For example, Hummer is introducing CrabWalk, a four-wheel steering system that will allow them to drive diagonally — but more on that in a bit.
The Hummer EV Pickup and EV SUV will each have four different versions: the Hummer EV Edition One, Hummer EV2, Hummer EV2X, and Hummer EV3X. Now, that’s a lot of Hummer.
So, GMC and Hummer have made a significant effort to set their electric offerings apart from the competition, but have they really succeeded in creating a top-tier electric truck?
How powerful are the Hummer EVs?
Given that there are essentially eight electric vehicles coming from Hummer in the next few years, all with different specifications, it’s difficult to make sweeping statements about the entire Hummer lineup; however, based on what we know so far, we can make some key observations.
For context, all of Hummer’s EVs are powered by a 200 kWh Lithium-ion battery.
Like the Cybertruck, dual and tri-motor models are available for both Hummer EVs. This provides great customization for drivers, but Rivian’s R1T sports 4 motors which elevates it above Hummer in this department.
The Hummer EV Pickup (“the Pickup”) can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 3 seconds, and the Hummer EV SUV (“the SUV”) can accomplish the same feat in 3.5 seconds. This puts the Pickup in the same arena as Cybertruck and the R1T when it comes to sheer acceleration. While we don’t know Hummer’s top speeds yet, the engineers have said that they have not put a speed limiter in the vehicles yet. While the absolute top speed is yet to be determined, given the information we have so far, the Pickup and the SUV will likely be among the fastest electric trucks.
Notably, Hummer has not announced the towing capacity of its upcoming vehicles. This is absolutely something that consumers will have their eyes on in the coming weeks and months. To be truly competitive with their rivals at Tesla and Ford, Hummer’s electric trucks must be able to haul cargo in the range of 9,000 lbs or more. This is no easy feat of engineering, but as the EV market becomes more saturated, consumer standards will continue to rise.
In terms of torque and horsepower, both the SUV and the Pickup pack a bigger punch than the Cybertruck. The Pickup can produce 11,500 pounds per foot of torque and up to 1,000 horsepower. That massive 11,500 lbs of torque is surely a multiple of the torque as it reaches the wheels meaning that the torque is really in the realm of 1,045 lb-ft for each wheel (Motortrend did the math here). The SUV differs only in that it can generate 800 horsepower. The Cybertruck is capable of delivering 1,000 lbs/ft of torque and 800 horsepower. Clearly, Hummer takes the cake here.
What is the range of the Hummer EVs?
Hummer finds itself right around industry standard in this capacity.
The Pickup has a range of 350 miles, and the SUV is capable of driving 300 miles on a single charge. While this isn’t stellar, it’s very solid and likely won’t leave too many potential buyers unhappy.
With 350kW fast charging built into the Pickup, Hummer claims that users will be able to get nearly 100 miles worth of battery power in only 10 minutes of charging. That’s pretty impressive, but it’s important to keep in mind that the range will be completely dependent on the type of driving.
Hummer may have had Tesla’s number in terms of horsepower and torque, but Cybertruck dominates the Hummer EVs with its 500 mile range. For hopeful Hummer owners with easy access to charging stations this might not matter too much, but those living in rural areas could need a longer battery life for their electric vehicle.
What makes the Hummer EV unique?
From the sneak peaks we’ve gotten so far — the Hummer EVs look like something Tony Stark would drive.
We’ve already mentioned CrabWalk once in this article, but it’s just so cool we’ve got to highlight it again. CrabWalk is a feature that lets all four of the vehicle’s wheels turn at the same time to eliminate the feeling of the vehicle turning or to execute tighter turns. While the top speed is limited when the back wheels are turned, the rear tires can turn up to 10 degrees in either direction which allows for a few nifty uses. Hummer has highlighted the ability to navigate narrow spaces in traffic, but all-wheel steering vehicles can also use their abilities to take tighter turns, park more easily and avoid treacherous hazards.
CrabWalk is undeniably pretty cool, but we’ve seen it before in other premium vehicles — Cybertruck will supposedly have rear wheel steering as well according to an Elon Musk tweet. From an outside perspective, all-wheel steering is very interesting, but will Hummer owners even find themselves using this tool at all?
Hummer has marketed its EVs as the ultimate off-road vehicles, and CrabWalk is certainly a highlight of that, but the SUV and the Pickup will also feature Extract Mode. When activated, Extract Mode will use the air suspension to add 6-inches of height to the vehicle. This can be used to get out of particularly tough spots or to traverse deeper water.
On top of these intriguing highlights, Hummer EVs will also come equipped with UltraVision — Hummer’s name for the eighteen HD camera system that will allow drivers to see all around and under their vehicle. These trucks will also come with optional, transparent and removable sky panels that will let users turn their vehicle into a convertible.
On top of steel plated underbody armor, unique 35-inch tires, and a regenerative braking system, the Hummer EVs will also come equipped with Super Cruise, Hummer’s version of self-driving technology.
All things considered, the Hummer EVs are certainly not short on innovative tech.
How much will the Hummer EVs cost?
So much money it’s not even funny.
Most other electric trucks have decent entry prices. For example, the single motor Cybertruck will start at $39,900, and the F-150 Lightning starts at $68,000. Neither are cheap by any meaning of the word, but the Hummer EVs eclipse both.
The Pickup will start at a whopping $79,995, and that entry model won’t even be available until spring of 2024. On top of that, this version won’t even have many of the key pieces advertised like CrabWalk, 4-wheel steer, Extract Mode, and 350kW fast charging. If you wanted to have all of those features and drive your pickup by the end of 2021 you would need to fork out $112,595.
The slightly less powerful Hummer EV SUV will start at $79,995 but that version will, like it’s sibling, also be missing many of the best features that make the Hummer EVs unique. The Hummer EV Edition One, the priciest and most powerful SUV, will cost $105,595.
Yes, the Hummer EVs are powerful, beautiful, and pack more cool tech than we can mention here, but are they really worth the incredibly steep price? Here at Green Authority, we’re hesitant to say that purchasing the new Hummers would be money well spent.
When will the Hummer EVs be released?
The Hummer EV Edition One of the Pickup will be available in fall 2021, but subsequent models will roll out over the next three years.
For the Pickup, Hummer EV3X will arrive in the fall of 2022, Hummer EV2X will be released in the spring of 2023, and Hummer EV2 will be available spring of 2024.
The timeline for the SUV is a bit different. Edition One will be released early 2023, EV3X and EV2X will arrive in the spring of 2023, and the cheaper EV2 will hit a road near you in the spring of 2024.
Hummer is clearly seeking to maximize its profits here as it plans to give consumers access to the most expensive models first. While there’s not necessarily something wrong with this and other brands like Tesla employ a similar strategy, this will keep electric vehicles out of the hands of the average person for even longer.