Just a decade ago, we viewed electric cars as a good idea for the distant future. However, Tesla managed to take us all on-board of the technology with its excellent lineup of EVs. Now, though, there is a new kid on the block, and it comes from General Motors.
The Detroit carmaker decided to return a famous nameplate for its first foray into electric trucks. Curiously, the Hummer name was previously associated with a sizeable gas-guzzling SUV. The boxy military truck is many things, but certainly not friendly to the environment. The all-new GMC Hummer EV retains the mammoth size, but it uses only electricity to move forward.
The launch of the electric pickup truck is significant in many ways. First, it paves the way for other manufacturers to follow. Then, General Motors overtook Tesla, which would probably launch its Cybertruck this time next year. The EV maker might finally feel the heat on its toes, and it’ll be interesting to see how it responds. Ultimately, the Hummer EV shows what’s possible when a manufacturer merges electricity and a large pickup-truck body.
GMC utilized three electric motors, two rear and one front, developing a combined 1000 hp. Moreover, the driver will have 11,500 lb-ft of wheel torque available, a bonkers number. But you haven’t seen the best part yet – the Hummer EV can sprint to 60 mph in only 3 seconds. That’s faster than most sports cars and supercars today. Also, GM promises a 350+ mile range.
Additionally, the Hummer EV can turn the front and rear wheels in the same direction. The result? It can drive diagonally, handy for off-roading. GMC calls it “Crab Mode,” and we can’t wait to see it in action.
Inside, the GMC Hummer EV features a hi-tech interior with a center-mounted 13.4-inch and a 12.3-inch screen as an instrument panel. There the driver can see live streaming from 18 cameras around the vehicle, also useful for off-roading.
The GMC Hummer EV is undoubtedly an impressive piece of engineering. However, it also commands a very high price – the Edition 1 model available next year costs $112,595. At $79,995, the base model is far more approachable, but you’ll need to wait until Spring 2024 to get it.