General Motors has shared new details regarding the off-road testing program for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, which is currently underway in Moab, Utah.
The automaker says its team of engineers is currently testing and calibrating the Hummer EV pickup’s various components and technology in Utah to ensure they perform as intended when customers go off-roading. This includes the hardware for its Adaptive Air Suspension, the e4WD system, eLockers, stability control, rear-wheel steering system and CrabWalk mode, among more.
Engineers are also testing out the GMC Hummer EV’s ‘Extract Mode’, an available feature that enables the suspension height to be raised by approximately 6 inches, as well as its One-Pedal Driving system and available Terrain Mode. The Terrain mode system pairs the capabilities of One-Pedal Driving with specific suspension and powertrain calibrations for off-road driving, which allows the driver to navigate challenging terrain without having to constantly toggle between the accelerator and brake pedal.
“One-Pedal Driving offers a great feeling of control by optimizing the regenerative braking, friction braking and drive motor torque all through the accelerator pedal,” said Aaron Pfau, lead development engineer for the GMC Hummer EV. “Drivers will quickly realize the benefits once they try it off-road.”
Pfau went on to explain that the engineering team for the GMC Hummer EV, which consists of several hardcore off-road enthusiasts, was given a blank slate to start with during the vehicle’s development process. The end result is a no-compromise off-roader that Pfau describes as an “absolute off-road beast that will take you to new places.”
GMC shared a video on its social media pages this week showing the Hummer EV traversing difficult terrain in Utah. A GMC fan also spotted a Hummer EV prototype parked on the streets of Salt Lake City late last month, indicating this off-road test program has been active for at least a couple of weeks.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV First Edition will enter production at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan later this year once the test program has concluded.