General Motors is currently working to bring at least 20 new electric vehicles to market by 2023. Under this guidance, all of the automaker’s various sub-brands will eventually have an electric vehicle on offer and that includes its GMC truck, crossover and SUV brand.
The automaker recently provided some more details on its future GMC EV plans in its 2019 sustainability report. One of the most important future GM EV models, the GMC Hummer EV SUT pickup, will fall under the premium GMC banner and will take on rivals like the electric Ford F-150 and Tesla Cybertruck. The model will be offered in an SUV body style, as well, which will “ builds off the GMC Hummer EV truck but will be configured as an off-road-capable SUV,” the automaker said.
The most powerful Hummer EV model will feature three electric motors producing a combined output of roughly 1,000 horsepower, enabling a 0-60 mph time of three seconds flat. Using GM’s proprietary Ultium battery technology, certain GMC Hummer EV models will be able to travel up to 400 miles on a charge. It will ride on the GM BT1 platform, which is a variant of the body-on-frame GM T1 platform that serves in GM’s full-size pickup trucks (Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra) and SUVs (Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade).
We also know the GMC Hummer EV will feature four removable roof panels for an open-air experience similar to the Jeep Wrangler. A teaser image of the vehicle’s front end (above) was previously released, as well, and shows the headlights, a vertical six-segment “grille” and a front horizontal LED lighting element. Like other future GM EVs and vehicles, we also expect the automaker’s Super Cruise hands-free semi-autonomous technology to appear in the Hummer EV.
While there have not been any announcements with regards to a GMC EV crossover, GM’s other brands will have that space covered off quite well. Future electric crossovers from GM will include the Cadillac Lyriq, Chevrolet Bolt EUV and two unnamed Buick models, among more. In-line with GMC’s brand ethos, it appears it will stay focused on full-size trucks and SUVs with regard to EVs in the immediate future.
The majority of these future GM EV programs will use the automaker’s aforementioned Ultium battery technology. Ultium battery packs, which will also be used in Honda vehicles in the future, will range in size from 50 kWh to 200 kWh. The massive 200 kWh pack will power GM’s larger, more powerful electric vehicle offerings, so we expect to see it offered in the GMC Hummer EV.
The GMC Hummer EV is expected to launch sometime next year as a 2022 model year vehicle. It will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant alongside other new GM EV programs like the Cadillac Lyriq and Cruise Origin autonomous shuttle.