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PHOENIX – General Motors is going back to the future, but certainly not in a DeLorean.
The GMC Hummer EV pickup reboots the infamous gas-guzzling nameplate on an all-electric full-size pickup to kick off the era of Ultium.
Ultium is General Motors’ electric vehicle platform that will underpin all of its future electric vehicles, large and small. The skateboard-style chassis is very different from the one used for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt subcompact sedan, which never generated the kind of excitement Teslas do.
The full-size Hummer EV was supposed to remedy this problem in a big way. GMC pulled out all the stops and created what it calls a “supertruck” as an Ultium starter. After a first ride, I can report that the title is deserved.
GMC starts at the top with limited availability and the fully loaded Hummer EV Edition 1 at $112,595, but will follow that with multiple releases culminating in a $79,995 model with less content in 2024. For those looking for a pick More affordable electric-up, an Ultium Sierra EV will hit showrooms next year along with a Hummer EV SUV.
The Hummer EV Edition 1 comes with tri-motor all-wheel drive – one front and two rear – with a combined output of 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 lb-ft of torque. This makes it both the most powerful pickup and General Motors vehicle of all time.
It also has a 200-kilowatt-hour battery that’s the largest of any electric vehicle sold at retail today and offers a range of 329 miles per charge. It is compatible with the fastest 800-volt public charging stations that can add 100 miles of electricity in 10 minutes, or fill it from 10% to 80% in 42 minutes, which is faster than it enough to charge batteries half that size in some vehicles. . Plug it into a 240 volt outlet at home and it will be parked overnight.
A fully independent suspension system with computer-controlled shock absorbers, adjustable air springs and four-wheel steering complete the package and make the weight. The Hummer EV weighs over 9,000 pounds, which qualifies it as a heavy-duty truck.
That means GMC isn’t legally required to release its efficiency numbers, but it did. The Hummer EV gets the equivalent of 47 mpg. Not bad for a behemoth, but far from the smaller 835 hp Rivian R1T. Don’t expect it to do as well hauling the 1,300-pound payload or towing the 7,500 pounds it’s rated for.
The Hummer EV is also wide to give it better stability during high-performance driving and to allow the suspension to provide a supple 13 inches of wheel travel, so wearing the amber running lights of an oversized truck is necessary. front that are also seen on the Ford F-150 Raptor and Ram 1500 TRX performance pickup trucks.
Removable translucent roof panels are standard, and you can remove the T-bar above the front seats and lower the rear window to maximize the open-air experience. All panels fit into the Hummer EV’s power front trunk, so they can go along with the ride.
In addition or in addition, the interior is spacious, modern and functional, with two wide screens for the instruments and the infotainment system. The padding and abundance of hard plastic doesn’t quite live up to the six-figure price tag, especially if you park next to a similarly priced Cadillac Escalade at the club, but it was supposed to get dirty with time. in time.
A lunar motif is found throughout, which celebrates both GM’s involvement in building the electric Lunar Roving Vehicle and the accelerated development program that brought the Hummer EV to market in less than two years.
The Hummer EV itself is very fast. While the rated ride height offers 10 inches of ground clearance, the mischievously named “Watts To Freedom” mode reduces it by three inches as the powertrain temperature is optimized for three-second sprints at 60 mph.
The space theme is fitting when you try it on, as the experience in such a massive machine is like hitchhiking on an asteroid hurtling towards earth. Unlike some launch control systems, WTF stays engaged after a run, so all you have to do is stop, step on the brake, step on the throttle, and release the brake to start again. Fun fact: it works on dirt, and it’s even more exciting there.
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Equally impressive is the Hummer EV’s ability to stop from 60 mph in less than 140 feet, which isn’t much more than some sport sedans need. Regenerative braking action from electric motors, 14-inch brake rotors and a unique set of 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory all-terrain tires with custom rubber compound and construction all play their part in stopping the beast.
Driven normally, the Hummer EV is as smooth as a GMC Yukon SUV. Its herculean power makes it as light as a light truck, and the four-wheel steering system can turn the rear wheels up to 10 degrees away from the fronts, allowing it to make tighter turns than a Chevrolet Sonic subcompact car.
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It also features GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system, adaptive cruise control that uses GPS maps, sensors and facial recognition technology to allow drivers to take their hands and feet off the controls as long as they watch the road. The latter can automatically overtake slower cars if the left lane is clear, although it won’t reverse on its own. Additional features will be added via over-the-air updates as they become available.
Super Cruise doesn’t do any good off-road, but the four-wheel steering lets the monster glide over rock-strewn wash like a well-fed rattlesnake while keeping an eye out for obstacles with its 360-degree camera system. . which includes sights under the truck and washers for the cameras mounted there. Several traction modes are available for different surfaces and conditions and the Hummer has both a mechanical electronic locking front differential and the ability to mimic one with both rear motors for the most extreme situations.
Things weren’t too crazy on the trails outside of Phoenix where I had a chance to test it, but I did climb some tight climbs over large rocks threatening to scrape the shielded flat bottom protecting the battery , which can be completely submerged as it wades through 32 inches of water. If I got stuck, the suspension has a pull-out mode that can lift the truck six inches to free itself. It is only available at very low speeds and is currently not enabled on production trucks, but will soon be via a software update.
The Hummer EV already has a great feature called CrabWalk mode that spins all four wheels in the same direction to drive diagonally at 10 degrees and is more natural to use than sounds. The number of practical use cases may be limited, but it’s such a focus that even Tesla CEO Elon Musk has noticed.
“he can drive diagonally like a crab“, but we’ll have to wait a while to see one do that.
The Cybertruck was originally scheduled to go into production at the same time as the Hummer EV in 2021, but has since been delayed to 2023. Meanwhile, the Hummer EV is sold out until 2024, meaning it’s still a truck of the future for anyone not already on the list or willing to pay $275,000 for a used vehicle, which has happened more than once.
2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Truck
Base price: $112,495
Type: 4-Door, 5-Seater, All-Wheel Drive Pickup
Powertrain: electric tri-motor
Power 1,000 hp, torque 1,200 lb-ft
Transmission: Single speed
Range: 329 miles
MPGe: 47 mpg