The enormous power of the upcoming GMC Hummer EV all-electric pickup truck is demonstrated in these shots of the vehicle being gunned out of GM’s Milford Proving Grounds in Michigan.
The driver did the EV equivalent of stomping on the
gas accelerator pedal while leaving the nearly century-old General Motors test facility. In fact, it could very well be that the driver engaged the Watts to Freedom mode, which allows the Hummer EV pickup to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in roughly three seconds. Either way, the electric truck’s tail promptly dropped by several inches, while the front end rose up to an even greater extent. Road-going vehicles which change their attitude this much under acceleration have usually been modified for drag racing.
Aside from the visual drama, these pictures show the extent to which GMC has designed the suspension to keep all four tires on the ground whenever possible. This is particularly important given GMC’s efforts to position the Hummer EV as an off-road supertruck. Available equipment relevant to this purpose includes Crab Walk Mode, one-pedal driving, tire pressure sensor software, dynamic bump zone suspension and an Extreme Off-Road Package.
However, the pictures also suggest that the Hummer EV will be easily able to cope with extreme acceleration on tarmac. Although it seems paradoxical, greater body movement equates to less weight transfer, not more. Even with the nose fully up, the front tires of the Hummer EV are still carrying a lot of the vehicle’s weight, and the rears are not being over-stressed. The photos make GM’s estimated 0-60 mph time of three seconds seem perfectly plausible.
That figure refers to the Hummer EV Edition 1, which will go on sale in the fall of this year, priced to start at $112,595. Its three-motor powertrain produces 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of wheel torque as standard. It is likely that the vehicle shown here was fitted with this very same powertrain, which will also be offered as an option on the Hummer EV3X when it arrives in the fall of 2022.
|Power||1,000 hp||800 hp||625 hp||625 hp|
|Wheel torque||11,500 lb.-ft.||9,500 lb.-ft.||7,400 lb.-ft.||7,400 lb.-ft.|
|Range||350+ miles (est.)||300+ miles (est.)||300+ miles (est.)||250+ miles (est.)|
|Sale date||Fall 2021||Fall 2022||Spring 2023||Spring 2024|
Without that option, the Hummer EV3X pickup will produce 800 horsepower, and will have an MSRP of $99,995. The less powerful and more affordable Hummer EV2X and Hummer EV2 will be introduced in the spring of 2023 and 2024, respectively.
Every version of the pickup will be fitted as standard with 22-inch wheels, HD Surround Vision, the MultiPro tailgate used on the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, an Infinity Roof and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assistance system.
An SUV version of the Hummer EV made its debut yesterday, April 3rd, 2021.