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GMC unveils "world's first supertruck" – the Hummer EV

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GMC Hummer EV
Because it's aiming for hyper truck status, the GMC Hummer EV's sneak unveil included a lot of hardcore off-road
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GMC Hummer EV
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Because it's aiming for hyper truck status, the GMC Hummer EV's sneak unveil included a lot of hardcore off-road
Off-road prowess has been a big part of the Hummer ethos since its inception and the GMC Hummer EV aims to keep that alive
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Off-road prowess has been a big part of the Hummer ethos since its inception and the GMC Hummer EV aims to keep that alive
Protective plates and other underbody gear on the GMC Hummer EV go along with aggressive tires and an amazing six inches of on-demand air lift
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Protective plates and other underbody gear on the GMC Hummer EV go along with aggressive tires and an amazing six inches of on-demand air lift
The tail lamps on the new GMC Hummer EV are embossed with the Hummer name
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The tail lamps on the new GMC Hummer EV are embossed with the Hummer name
The GMC Hummer EV is, surprisingly, a pickup truck. From this photo, we can see that GMC's MultiPro tailgate is also a part of the Hummer's design.
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The GMC Hummer EV is, surprisingly, a pickup truck. From this photo, we can see that GMC's MultiPro tailgate is also a part of the Hummer's design.
The massive front trunk ("frunk") on the GMC Hummer EV can hold all four roof panels when they're removed
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The massive front trunk ("frunk") on the GMC Hummer EV can hold all four roof panels when they're removed
Although unique to the GMC Hummer EV, the interior has some elements that clearly come from the GMC pickup truck lineup
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Although unique to the GMC Hummer EV, the interior has some elements that clearly come from the GMC pickup truck lineup
Seating for five is standard in the GMC Hummer EV
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Seating for five is standard in the GMC Hummer EV
GMC Hummer EV
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Easy-clean rubber door-to-door flooring in the GMC Hummer EV is also standard
In case those following behind forget what you're driving
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In case those following behind forget what you're driving
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After serving up shady photos and line drawing silhouettes, GM has finally unveiled the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Billed by GM as "the world's first supertruck," the Hummer EV will be the first all-electric GMC vehicle and enter production in Michigan next year.

A video, backed by a cover version of Led Zepplin's Immigrant Song, shows the Hummer EV flying across the snow, jumping the tundra, and splashing sand in the desert as a narrator provides facts and figures for the new vehicle.

The Hummer EV will be a pickup, not an SUV, and will be powered by a 1,000-hp (745.7-kW) electric drive and boast 11,500 lb-ft (15,592 Nm) of torque. That equates to a 0-60-mph (96.5-km/h) sprint of about 3 seconds, which is comparable to the upcoming Cybertruck. All this we already knew.

In case those following behind forget what you're driving
In case those following behind forget what you're driving

Now it's confirmed the GMC Hummer EV will also include GM's new SuperCruise driver assistance technology, which offers hands-free highway driving with lane changing. The system has a myriad of safety features built in and, as one GM spokesperson put it (when asked), "will not likely slam into parked emergency vehicles."

Four-wheel steering, another thing GMC teased about the new Hummer not long ago, is further showcased and shown in action. The wheel movement works similar to how four-wheel steering works on many supercars and race cars, slightly turning the rear wheels in tandem with the front to offset drag and improve turning radius. With the Hummer EV this would, of course, also equate to better driving off-road and a "crab crawl" feature for low speeds.

The Hummer EV will use Ultium batteries (a GM exclusive) and have an estimated range of over 350 miles (563 km) per charge. DC fast charging of up to 150 kW will also be available on the new Hummer for much faster charge times, promising up about 100 miles (160 km) of charge in about 10 minutes.

The GMC Hummer EV is, surprisingly, a pickup truck. From this photo, we can see that GMC's MultiPro tailgate is also a part of the Hummer's design.
The GMC Hummer EV is, surprisingly, a pickup truck. From this photo, we can see that GMC's MultiPro tailgate is also a part of the Hummer's design.

For off-road enthusiasts, the GMC Hummer EV comes with 35-inch tires made for grip and the rig can accommodate up to 37-inch tires for those who really want to get dirty. A six-inch air ride suspension, which lifts not just bodywork but the frame as well, adds a lot more capability than most factory off-pavement rigs have out of the box.

For visibility, up to 18 cameras are mounted on the Hummer EV (depending on options), including underbody forward- and rear-facing as well as forward and rear trail and side-view cameras. Body armor and rock sliders finish the deal with the protection needed when doing the kind of things the Hummer EV is said to be capable of.

From photos and the video, it's also clear that the GMC Hummer EV was made to be different from other GM vehicles on the road and to distinguish its battery-electric design. LED lighting under the headlamps shows charging state as the truck charges, and the "grille" is a thin, six-bar design that features the letters "H U M M E R," one on each bar. Removable roof panels stow in the front trunk, opening the truck to the air, making this one of the first convertible production trucks seen in decades (following the Jeep Gladiator, of course).

The Hummer EV will go up for pre-order next year, with deliveries slated for 2022. Pricing will start at US$112,595 for the first up "Edition 1", with prices to drop over the subsequent years, reaching $80,000 for a 2024 model.

Be sure to check the gallery for the newly released photos of the new Hummer.

Source: GMC

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7 comments
guzmanchinky
Holy ****. Just when you thought Detroit was a dead dinosaur, they come up with this, the world beating $70,000 Corvette, and driverless cars in San Francisco. Absolutely incredible.
McDesign
I like how the small print says in the video says, "simulated vehicle shown throughout"!
VincentWolf
Super Price not a Super Truck.
Johannes
Get used to the new price point for EV luxury, especially in an off-road configuration. Think of it this way: the OEMs now have justification for charging you for all the fuel you're not buying.
Karmudjun
Spot on Johannes! And here in Ohio - since you are not buying petroleum fuel and paying the state mandated sales tax earmarked for road maintenance - you get to pay extra each year your renew your vehicle registration and license plates! Fall 2021 - even if I win a lottery or somehow recover from this Covid induced financial strain, I could not afford this beast. But I like the advertisement's "Revolutionary" refrain. The only revolutionary part of EV is TESLA's shared patents.....glad GM could put them to use - with proprietary batteries, supersize tires, and countless firmware upgrades to be sure!
Daishi
From around 2:30 in the video I think the 800v charging system will do up to 350 kW rather than 150 kW mentioned in the article which seems crazy high to me. It's expensive yes but if I could afford one I'd probably want one. The thing is a beast. Imagine a hummer on 37" tires doing a 3 sec 0-60. The military H1's would barely hit 85 mph top speed on a slight down hill with a tail wind. When police were going to start using the H2 as police vehicles I remember the car mags trashed the decision saying the H2 had the worst 0-60 of any vehicle they have ever tested. Looking it up the H1 has a 0-60 time of 18.1 seconds and about the H2 is about 10 seconds depending on the model year and configuration. This will get to 60 MPH in 1/6th of the time of the H1.
ljaques
Potentially the best thing I've ever seen out of GMC. Time'll tell. (I wouldn't own anything GM. Well, maybe another '62 Corvair convertible.) That said, I'd be willing to bet that the first year's warranty work exceeds a billion (if these things sell.) Steering hydraulics, tires, batteries, lights. Did they sublet to Lucas, the Prince of Darkness? And to use a knockoff Zep band for a political statement (Immigrant Song) was just obnoxious.