This is the GMC Hummer EV
What has three wiper blades, a removable top, eleven-thousand torques, and can crabwalk? Fairytale creatures have less interesting characteristics.
The 900-pound Gorilla known as General Motors has finally proved even it is capable of taking some dancing lessons to get that monkey swinging. GM has rarely been the first or most bold or very forward-thinking. It wasn't the first in the pony car game. Its V8 game was late to the stadium. But GM always has a plan.
I hate to say this is "classic Hummer" as it feels like yesterday when the Hummer brand became defunct. All images courtesy of GMC.
GM sits quietly by and watches the animals eat themselves alive. It is a soft tempered monster that waits until everyone is birdwatching before it strikes. And when it does... BLAMO! Innovation! They might not be first, but they're always seeking the last, best word.
Today, we got a little of the GM magic with the GMC Hummer EV. The Hummer name is back and I doubt if anyone will be flipping off this one (fuh2.com anyone?). Their all-electric pickup truck has stats that are difficult to wrap your head around - 1000 horsepower and 11,500 foot-pounds of torque with an estimated range of 350 miles. GM is naturally calling these estimates?!
These astronomical numbers will be available with the 2021 Fall release on the top of the line "Edition 1". The $112,545 Edition 1 will be followed by the EV3X in 2022, followed by the EV2X and EV2 in 2023 and 2024, respectively.
Even the lowest level trim set for four years from now is nothing to be embarrassed about if you can only fork out the $79,999 sticker price. The EV2X will be the bargain basement model with 625 horsepower and 7,400 ft/lb torque?! How is this possible?! That's still around 25% of the amount of torque of an average diesel/electric locomotive!
GM didn't stop with silly power stats. It continued with the shenanigans with the WTF button?! That's "Watts To Freedom" launch control for those of you with a potty mouth. I cannot wait for people to talk about using the WTF button in articles, videos, and friends and family as they launch their Hummer into a sixty-second gallop in three seconds flat. GM says there will be 'appropriate sounds' coming through the Bose stereo prior to launch - mine will be heard saying, "Ground control to Major Tom".
They also took a hint from the Gladiator's playbook and gave the Hummer an "Infinity Roof" with "modular sky panels". This is another pickup truck with a removable roof. GM has given the Hummer four glass roof panels that fit into the frunk. While you can get a far cheaper open-air truck experience with the Gladiator, I believe anything less would have been a serious automotive faux pas considering the sticker price difference between the two.
Lastly, no new vehicle can be complete without some form of self-driving. We're on the cusp of some of the most thrilling cars ever to be made - if only the car would give me back the damn wheel it might be a bit more exciting. Super Cruise will be available in the Hummer with 'hands-free driving and automatic lane changing on compatible roadways'. I am not sure what that means - the highway to hell is definitely too frozen to be compatible.
Did I mention it can crabwalk too?! This truck has four-wheel steering with up to 10 degrees of angle. I see this as being more of a gimmick, but hey, gimmicks are cool. I would use mine in parking lots far more than off-road, much to the chagrin of onlookers.