The Hummer brand, known for its association with the US army, stretch limos and awful fuel efficiency, has been resurrected by owner General Motors as a sub-brand to GMC, their new range of electric vehicles. The new GMC Hummer EV promises “unprecedented off-road capability and extraordinary on-road performance”. It is believed that this latest model will rival the Tesla Cybertruck and will go into production late next year, with sales beginning in 2022.
The design aims to combine Hummer’s traditional boxy style with some modern touches. Design director Phil Zak claimed it “reimagines an instantly recognisable silhouette for a modern, all-electric future”.
The Hummer EV will use GM’s new Ultium Drive electric powertrain tech and feature three motors built into two drive units. It will have a 0-60mph time of around 4.5 seconds. The batteries will be arranged in a 24-module double-stacked layout and, although GM has yet to reveal their storage capacity, it claims the Hummer EV will be able to travel more than 350 miles on a full charge.
Al Oppenheiser, the Hummer EV’s chief engineer, claimed the vehicle will be “an absolute off-road beast”, with the e4WD system giving it “manoeuvrability unlike anything GM has ever offered before”.
GM claims the Hummer EV will feature an industry-leading 18 different camera views, which will include cameras underneath the vehicle. There are also special displays in the infotainment and driver information screen that can show torque output, pitch and roll angles, friction circle and other readings to aid off-roading.
The Hummer EV will initially be launched as a special Edition 1 model that will feature a controller with several drive modes and the ability to adjust torque between the front and rear axles. It will also come with a new Infinity Roof as standard, which uses transparent panels that can be removed and stored in a specially sized front luggage compartment.
This is the latest in a string of new electric trucks and 4×4 vehicles hitting the market. The stereotype of the silent city EV looks to be a thing of the past. As the electric market expands and diversifies, we will continue to see electric alternatives to many traditional models and household brands. This can only be positive, as more people realise that their needs can be met by electric vehicles, fuelling our journey to an electric future.
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