The GMC Hummer EV has just been unveiled, and it's the most important release of this year
This will make or break GM.
The waiting is officially over, and the Hummer's time to shine has finally come. And yes, I've said it: this is the most important automotive release of this year. Grab a bag of popcorn and get a drink, because this is a masterpiece.
I can't really get started with the Hummer without starting with its powertrain, and the fact that it's all-electric. The Hummer EV has 1,000 horsepower and, get this, 11,500 torques. All that means a 0-60 time of 3 seconds.
It's ironic at first, having the Hummer name being revived as a zero-emissions vehicle, but it makes sense after you take into account the biggest benefit of the old Hummers: their appearance and overall image. They were viewed as big, burly offroaders that were based on Hummer's Military division, that just so happened to drink a bit too much gas. And GMC used the prior Hummer's brand image to their advantage. GMC kept the toughness of the original Hummer's and replaced the gas-guzzling factor with a zero-emission powertrain.
The Hummer EV has a bunch of features up its sleeve that no other trucks offer, most of which are exclusive to the Hummer. The first of which is four-wheel steering, which helps make overall handling better. Much more importantly, it allows the Hummer EV to crabwalk, meaning it can drive diagonally. It has various customizable drive modes, a ride-height adjustment that can raise the Hummer EV 6 inches, and full underbody armor.
In all of those respects, the Hummer sets a new bar for how great a pickup truck can be. No other truck offers all of those features all in one package. Yet, the Hummer EV has more things that no other truck can compete with, like an infinity roof, transparent sky panels, and rear drop glass, ultimately offering an open-top experience for Hummer EV owners.
There's no denying that the Hummer EV blows all the gasoline powered-trucks out of the park, in right about every respect. It's more powerful, faster, and while GMC hasn't announced towing figures yet, it's fair to assume it'll be able to tow more than its gasoline counterparts. And sure, it seems logical to compare the Hummer EV to the Rivian RT1 and Cybertruck, but I beg to differ. The Hummer EV is really a combination of everything great about the RT1 and Cybertruck, with two notable exceptions.
The first of which is the range. With the most powerful battery pack the Hummer EV can offer, it'll go 350+ miles of range, a major letdown, especially when you compare it to the Tesla Cybertruck, which has a promised range of 500+ miles of range. And while the Hummer EV only takes 10 minutes to get 100 miles, that's still small compensation for a 150-mile difference.
The other letdown is price. The Hummer EV starts at $79,995, and with that, you only get 250+ miles of range and 625 hp/7,400 torques. Another deal-breaker is that this trim, dubbed the EV 2, will be available in the Spring of 2024. The top-of-the-line model costs $112,595, and that's the one with all the goodies, with the 350+ battery pack and 1000hp/11,500 torques. The top of the line model, Dubbed the Edition 1, will be available in the Fall of 2021.
And while I do list that as a downfall, it's hard to price the best of the best. There are no trucks out there in the world that offer an open-top experience, can drive vertically, has a faster 0-60 time than most supercars, and most importantly, is all-electric. And due to that, all the other truck makers striving to make the Rolls Royce of trucks have to surpass the bar that the Hummer EV has set. And what a hell of a bar it has indeed set.