Basketball legend and GMC Hummer EV ambassador LeBron James has posted a video to his YouTube channel showing an Edition 1 version of the upcoming all-electric pickup truck on his driveway.
Starting the video with a friendly, “Sup, people,” James goes on to say, “Got a little sneak peek I wanna show y’all.” He then reveals the Hummer EV, which is so clean we can assume it either just finished being constructed or was carefully detailed just before filming started. At around the 1:15 mark, we see three onlookers in the middle distance, but it is not clear whether they are more impressed by the vehicle or by James himself.
The truck’s roof panels have been removed, which James both shows and mentions, but he seems more impressed by its infotainment screen and the fact that the Hummer EV can accelerate from 0-60 mph in three seconds. His greatest enthusiasm, however, is reserved for the vehicle’s Crabwalk Mode.
As GM Authority reported previously, CrabWalk takes advantage of the truck’s four-wheel steering system, turning all four wheels in the same direction, and thereby allowing the Hummer EV to be driven out of a difficult situation at an angle impossible in any vehicle with front-wheel steering only. As the promotional GMC video issued to promote Crabwalk, “Sometimes the biggest leaps forward are actually diagonal.”
“Don’t be surprised when you see me rolling down the street in this,” James says near the end of the video, though our lack of surprise will have to wait, since we don’t in fact see him driving the Hummer EV at all.
James is known to be a Hummer enthusiast. His mother Gloria gave him an H2 for this 18th birthday, whch led to an investigation into whether, as an amateur player at the time, James had illegally accepted a gift as a reward for athletic performance. He was later cleared of the matter.
Since LeBron turned 18 in December 2002, the H2 must have been fitted with the GM 6.0L V8 LQ4 Vortec engine. By comparison, the Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup does not have an engine at all, but rather three electric motors with a combined output of 1,000 horsepower. Launching in the fall of 2021, it will be the first Hummer EV to go on sale. Slotting at the top of the Hummer EV pickup truck range, the Edition 1 will also be the most feature-rich and, as a result, the most expensive, priced to start at $112,595.
To see James with the Hummer EV Edition 1, check the video below: