Oppenheiser shared the logo in a tweet sent out this morning with the tagline “real revolutionaries forge their own direction.” The logo features a black-colored shield background with an orange crab in the middle and the words “Hummer EV” emblazoned across it. This logo could appear on the Hummer EV’s dashboard or infotainment display when Crab Mode is activated, or it may only be used in marketing material.
It’s not entirely clear what “Crab Mode” is but it’s highly likely that it is some sort of system that leverages the torque of the front and rear electric motors to provide superior off-road capability. We assume it will be a dedicated drive mode for rock crawling and treacherous terrain that will allow the vehicle to “crawl” across the surface in some fashion, but we’ll have to wait for the vehicle’s debut to find out.
While “Crab Mode” sounds as though it will be a unique system, we’ve seen other brands use torque from electric motors to a similar effect. Take the Rivian R1T, for example, which will be able to turn on a dime using its individual electric wheel motors thanks to its “Tank Turn” function. Like the GMC Hummer EV, the Rivian R1T has not yet been released to the public, so the effectiveness of systems like these is up in the air for now.
The GMC Hummer EV will be based on the new GM BT1 dedicated electric vehicle platform. The most powerful model will have up to 1,000 horsepower on tap and will be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in around three seconds. A variety of battery pack sizes will most likely be available, all of which will come from the new Ultium technology range. The vehicle, which will be offered in both truck and SUV body styles, will be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan.