In an amazing twist of fate, General Motors’ gas-guzzling Hummer brand, discontinued in 2010, has made a comeback for 2022 as an all-electric sub-brand of GMC. The resurrected Hummer will appear first as a pickup truck and later as an SUV. The new pickup is quite the beast, with up to 1000 horsepower from its top powertrain option, which uses three electric motors, offers an estimated range of 329 miles per charge, and a leaps to 60 mph in a claimed 3.0 seconds. The Hummer EV also features removable roof panels, an optional adjustable air suspension, and a cool four-wheel steering feature that allows it to “crab” sideways—drive diagonally—all of which should make it fun to take off-road. Pickup trucks are the next frontier for electric vehicles, as rivals from upstarts Rivian and Tesla—as well as established automakers such as Ford—are preparing their own entries in this emerging segment.
What’s New for 2022?
While Hummer is an old name, the Hummer EV will be an all-new model within the GMC lineup. At first, only the most expensive Edition 1 model will be available; less expensive trims will come into the picture starting in 2022.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
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Since the top Edition 1 trim has already sold out, we’d recommend the EV3X since that’s the second in line to hit production. Its six-figure price tag includes a lot of the best items offered on the Hummer EV, including an adjustable air suspension, GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system, and a giant 13.4-inch infotainment display. The less expensive EV2X and EV2 both have a less powerful two-motor drivetrain and will go on sale in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
EV Motor, Power, and Performance
For now, the only powertrain available in the Hummer EV is a setup with three electric motors that makes 1000 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard and GMC estimates a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds, which the company says is achievable thanks to the truck’s Watts to Freedom launch control driving mode. GMC is also quoting a dubious 11,500 lb-ft torque figure from this powertrain, but that estimated number is almost certainly calculated through the torque-multiplying effect of the truck’s gear ratios. While we take issue with how that misleading torque number is calculated, it should have massive pulling power regardless. The real torque number will be between 1000 and 1100 lb-ft, GMC insiders say. We were able to test drive a prototype model and were wowed by its performance. We are eagerly awaiting our chance to test the Hummer EV’s performance capabilities at our test track and will update this story with test results as soon as we can.
Towing and Payload Capacity
Speaking of towing and payload, GMC says the Hummer EV can tow up to 7500 pounds. That’s less than the towing capacities of other EV pickups such as the Rivian R1T and the Ford F-150 Lightning, which are rated for 11,000 pounds and 10,000 pounds respectively.
Range, Charging, and Battery Life
The Hummer EV uses GM’s new Ultium battery-pack technology and boasts an estimated 329 miles of driving range per charge. The Hummer uses an 800-volt electrical architecture with 350-kilowatt fast-charging capability which GMC claims will add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. For buyers who don’t have any DC fast charging stations nearby, the Hummer EV can also charge on regular public charging terminals or at home via a provided adapter, but charging times are significantly slower.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPGe
EPA fuel economy estimates for the Hummer EV are 51 MPGe city, 43 MPGe highway, and 47 MPGe combined. For comparison, the Rivian R1T is rated for 74 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway, and 70 MPGe combined. When it makes it to production, we’ll test the big brute on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route and report our MPGe and range findings here. For more information about the Hummer EV’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Even though Hummers of yesteryear were mainly SUVs, the Hummer EV takes the form of a crew cab pickup truck with a five-foot-long bed. Interior materials could be of higher quality considering the Hummer’s price tag and its cabin isn’t as spacious as GMC’s Sierra crew cab pickup truck. But the interior can be opened to the elements via a novel removable roof that reintroduces a T-top–esque design popular in GM sports and muscle cars in the 1970s and 1980s. When in place, the transparent panels are akin to a normal panoramic glass sunroof but lifting them off and stowing them in the Hummer EV’s front trunk gives the truck a convertible vibe similar to that of the Jeep Gladiator. Inside, several moon-inspired touches—such as a moon-boot footprint on the dead pedal and speaker grilles that show the Sea of Tranquility—serve as not-so-subtle reminders of GM’s connection to NASA astronauts and the electrically powered Apollo 15 lunar rover that the company helped engineer.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A large 13.4-inch display serves as the infotainment screen, and there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel as well. GMC has contracted Epic Games—maker of the wildly popular Fortnite video game—to create the graphics for the Hummer EV’s infotainment interface. The high-resolution screen and advanced graphics look great, but we noticed some pronounced lag that suggests the system doesn’t have quite the processing power it needs to keep up with the software’s capabilities. A host of connectivity features are standard, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and GM’s OnStar telematics system.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature is the one to beat in the EV marketplace, but lucky for the Hummer EV, GM’s Super Cruise system is just as capable and is a standard feature. Less advanced features such as lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring are also included. For more information about the Hummer EV’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
The Hummer EV comes with a similar warranty to other General Motors products, which means three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage.
- Limited warranty covers 3 years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
- Hybrid components are covered for 8 years or 100,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit
2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1
Vehicle Type: front- and rear-motor, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
Front Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Rear Motors: permanent-magnet synchronous AC
Combined Power: 1000 hp
Combined Torque: 1200 lb-ft
Battery Pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 212.7 kWh
Onboard Charger: 11.5 kW
Transmissions, F/R: direct-drives
Wheelbase: 135.6 in
Length: 216.8 in
Width: 86.7 in
Height: 79.1 in
Passenger Volume: 128 ft3
Cargo Volume: 11 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 9050 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 3.0 sec
100 mph: 8.8 sec
1/4-Mile: 11.7 sec
Top Speed: 106 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 47/51/43 MPGe
Range: 329 mi
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