After a more than decade hiatus, General Motors’ Hummer nameplate returns for 2022 as an electric super-truck and full-size SUV set to change the way we look at electric vehicles.
Now living underneath the GMC nameplate, General Motors plans to deliver 23,000 of the 59,000 current orders for the 2022 model year. Other individuals must wait until 2023.
With a decent range, fast charging times, and off-road capability that is unique in the electric vehicle field, the all-new GMC Hummer EV will open the eyes of many to the electric car scene, despite a substantial price tag.
- Crab-Walk Mode
- Available Tri-Motor COnfiguration
- Removable Roof Panels
- Engine/Motor: Dual or Triple Perm. Magnet Motors
- Horsepower: 625-1,000
- Torque: 7,400-11,500 Lb-Ft
- Drivetrain: RWD/AWD
- Transmission: Direct-Drive with Reduction Gear
- Range: 250-329 Miles
- High Ground Clearance
- Good EV Range
- DC Fast Charging Capable
- Long Waitlist
- High Base MSRP
Electrifying Powertrain And Drivetrain
The most surprising aspect of the new Hummer is its powertrain. All variants of the new GMC Hummer are total battery electric vehicles, a first from the GMC brand. The “Edition 1” is the only trim available for the 2022 launch year, with other variants following later into production. The “Edition 1” features three electric motors that provide a total output of 1,000 horsepower and a record-holding 11,500 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful truck in its class. Reduction gears on all three electric motors make the unfathomable torque rating possible and help maintain the truck’s range even pulling away with a heavy load. The powerful 247 kWh battery is the largest one ever in a production vehicle. It provides the launch edition Hummer with 329 miles of range in mix driving. DC fast charging capability means consumers can add 100 miles of range in just 10-minutes.
Performance And Practicality
The performance figures for the first edition 2022 GMC Hummer EV are staggering despite its massive size. The truck reaches 60 MPH in only 3 seconds flat, though once you hit a curve, you will be decelerating quickly as the tall nature of the truck does not lend itself well to curves. However, the design comes into its own off-road, with a number of compelling features that are a first in an electric vehicle.
“CrabWalk,” a four-wheel steering system, helps the Hummer overcome rugged terrain when offroading, while sturdy steel underbody armor protects the battery. Massive 35-inch tires are standard and allow the Hummer to traverse water up to two feet deep when in the highest suspension setting. Unique underbody cameras with low mounting points assist in off-road scenarios as well as on-road. The height of the vehicle makes them integral when parking in a tight environment.
Despite its over-the-top appearance, the new Hummer EV benefits from great practicality. A generous front trunk provides waterproof storage while a 60-inch bed offers accommodations for more rugged equipment. A power tonneau cover is standard. A 7,500-pound towing capacity means the truck is more than accommodating when it comes to towing the average travel trailer or boat. While the range does suffer by some 30%, the reduction gears help make it palatable.
Rugged But Comfortable Interior And Technology
The all-business exterior of the GMC Hummer EV conveys a sense of ruggedness. While that transfers to the interior, it is not short on comfort and technological niceties. The Hummers interior is ready for the future with unique materials and massive displays. Drivers will immediately sit down and note the three-spoke leather wrap steering wheels LED bar around the rim. This bar lights up green when GM’s “SuperCruise” autonomous driving activates. Consumers can activate this on any interstate highway or toll road and completely let go of the wheel. An audible, visual alert will remind you when an exit is approaching and allow plenty of time to take back over.
Behind the steering wheel is a 12-inch display that takes the place of a traditional gauge cluster. It provides precise readouts for range, navigation, and speed. A 13.4-inch center infotainment screen handles all other functions. Consumers can adjust ride height, change the temperature, and browse Netflix all within the same system. Consumers can download off-roading apps by GM that include a drifting widget as well as navigation assistance to find high-speed charging stations. For those looking for an open-air experience, Jeep-style roof panels come off with just a few clips, and roll down back glass minimizes buffeting.
New Hummer Pricing
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is an all-around impressive vehicle. The only caveat is pricing. The base “Edition 1,” which arrives standard with all available options and features, begins at $110,295. A cheaper EV3X trim due in the fall starts at $99,995, while GM promises a sub $80,000 trim by Spring 2023. While it is an expensive vehicle, particularly for the GMC nameplate, the Hummer stands on its own as the only electric super truck, except for Rivian and the upcoming Ford F-150 lightning. Overall, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV resurrects the forgotten brand with incredible styling, forward-thinking technology, and outstanding efficiency. With a year’s worth of reservations already full, the GMC Hummer EV is already a quiet hit.
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