With all this talk about electric vehicles, ranging from sedans and hatchbacks to crossovers and SUVs, one particular vehicle that absolutely cannot be left out of the conversation is GMC’s highly anticipated 2022 Hummer EV. That’s right, an all-electric super truck. It has some impossibly impressive features pegged for its release, which should have lots of you eager truck fans searching desperately for a “GMC dealer near me,” but is it too good to be true? We will take a look at the news and some of the rumors, expectations, and estimates to dive into what you can expect from the first-ever all-electric Hummer EV super truck.
There are some features that seem to be set in stone, while others remain to be seen. In the case where we don’t have concrete stats, the verdict is still out, but if the Hummer lives up to the hype, then it’s going to be breaking boundaries left and right as a new entry in the all-electric market.
What We Know About The Hummer EV: Horsepower
The Hummer EV will come packed with three electric motors that output up to 1,000 horsepower. Now the impressive thing about this – and the word impressive will probably get thrown around a lot here – is that no gasoline-based super truck reaches horsepower ratings that high. Right now, the most powerful production truck in existence is the Ram 1500 TRX, which tops out at “just” 702 horsepower. For the all-electric Hummer EV to reach 1000 horsepower is just insane.
What’s more, is that the Hummer EV outputs up to 11,500 pound-feet of torque. This is just an incomprehensible amount of torque, especially for a vehicle that isn’t a diesel-powered heavy-duty pickup. According to GMC estimates, the 1,000 horsepower range will be standard for the Edition 1 trim and will also be available for the late availability of the EV3x trim.
The Verdict Is Out: Performance
As far as performance is concerned, we’re looking at the Hummer being able to reach an estimated 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3 seconds flat. Those are muscle car numbers. With 1,000 horsepower and up to 11,500 pound-feet of torque, I don’t think anyone doubts that the Hummer EV can reach those numbers, but the 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.0 seconds aren’t yet real-world-tested figures by an independent body, but rather a “GM estimate.”
I imagine there will be plenty of tires-on-the-ground tests conducted by enthusiasts once the Hummer EV is ready to be reviewed and put through the paces to see if it holds up to the initial estimates. But based on the potential powertrain performance, I wouldn’t doubt the figures one bit.
What We Know: Crabwalk Capabilities
Details about the 2022 Hummer EV’s off-road capabilities have already been showcased. We know that it has the ability to perform low-speed crabwalks with the Edition 1, EV2x, and EV3x trims. This enables the Hummer EV to drive diagonally with the rear wheels capable of turning bidirectionally by up to 10-degrees. GMC even released a video showcasing the Hummer EV performing the crabwalk with four-wheel drive, so this isn’t just a rumor or hot air on paper. The EV is more than capable of performing such a feat and has already done so in closed test courses.
Additional off-road capabilities are made possible thanks to Extract Mode, which can raise or lower the Hummer EV by up to 6-inches thanks to the air ride suspension, which automatically adapts to the terrain conditions and prevents the Hummer EV from incurring any undercarriage scrapes or scars. Ultravision under-body cameras are also available so you can see what’s happening underneath the Hummer as you drive over terrain outside of your view.
The Verdict Is Out: Battery Range
So according to the official GMC promotional material, the Hummer EV will allow drivers to travel more than 350 miles on a single full charge. That seems somewhat unbelievable given the size of the Hummer, but that’s what the general figure is right now. Keep in mind that the 350-mile range is not based on an official EPA rating… yet. Those figures have yet to be disclosed, and they could end up being longer or shorter. Even GMC notes that conditions will apply and that the 350-mile range on a fully charged battery will be determined by the weather, road conditions, and battery temperature.
And speaking of the battery, we’re looking at just 10 minutes on an 800-volt DC fast-charger to recharge 100 miles worth of range on the Hummer EV super truck. That’s pretty impressive. In fact, even current-day compact and subcompact EVs don’t have charge times that fast. This would put the Hummer EV in an all-new league of having not only quick charge times but also an amazing range to match.
What We Know: Off-Road Capabilities
We know about the crabwalk capabilities and Extract Mode, along with the air ride suspension system, but there’s a lot more to the Hummer EV than just the basics. GMC completely overhauled the framework for the Hummer with front e-lockers and virtual rear lockers to optimize independent axle rotation for improved wheel grip and vehicle traction. Heavy-duty ball-spline half shafts are also implemented for enhanced suspension articulation over various kinds of terrain and a reduction in steering inputs necessary in said terrain.
The new design of the vehicle also helps improve all of the handling numbers for the Hummer EV, ranging from 13-inches of front and rear suspension travel to 18-inches of wall climbing. You can achieve some very impressive feats with the Hummer EV thanks to its maximum 15.9-inches of ground clearance and an approach angle of up to 49.7-degrees. That’s not to mention that it can manage up to 32-inches of water fording when using Extract Mode.
What We Know: Interior Technology
One of the leading features for the new Hummer EV super truck is the Infinity Roof, a transparent four-panel modular roof with the pieces designed to be stored in the frunk (the front trunk). This gives the Hummer EV that open-air look that Jeep’s Wrangler has dominated for so long. A 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system is included, along with a sharp two-tone interior with tech-bronze accents and all-weather flooring.
GMC also hopes to beat competitors on the infotainment front, with the Hummer EV sporting a massive 12.3-inch diagonal color digital cluster containing vehicle information for the driver, and an even more massive 13.4-inch center console touchscreen display for all your infotainment needs, from apps to streaming, to wireless device connectivity. There is also a smorgasbord of control options, features, and functions implemented onto and around the steering wheel; including a regen on demand paddle, which can be used for one-pedal driving, much like the Chevy Bolt EV.
Too Good To Be True?
Is the 2022 Hummer EV simply too good to be true? Based on what we know… I wouldn’t say it is. It’s a truck that will have a lot of eyes on it as we wait to see how close to the margins it comes to living up to the hype and some of the estimated specs. More than anything, it looks as if the 2022 Hummer EV is shaping up to be one of the most impressive, groundbreaking (in more than one way) super trucks on the market.
It’s easy to see why many of you truck fans will be racing to a GMC dealer near you to pre-order a 2022 Hummer EV as soon as possible. The technology is astoundingly modern, and the goal of long-distance travel on a single charge could really shake up the EV market permanently. This is definitely one vehicle to watch for when it becomes available in late 2021.