Electric GMC Hummer EV pickup truck spied testing
Electric version of the iconic 'Humvee' has been spied testing in pickup-truck form, with production to begin later this year
American brand GMC’s pickup-truck version of its electric Hummer has been spied testing outside General Motors’ proving ground in Milford, Michigan, sporting off-road tires and both a roof and bed rack for additional storage.
The Hummer EV pickup truck is on sale now, with production expected to begin later this year, ahead of the SUV version’s arrival in 2023. Both models will be available in four trim levels: Edition 1, EV3x, EV2x and EV2. Edition 1 variants of the Hummer EV pickup are the only versions available with 986bhp (1,000hp) power output from a three-motor setup. The colossal electric pickup also weights in at four and a half tonnes (9,000lbs), although GMC claims the Edition 1 will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 3 seconds.
Reservations for Edition 1 pickup models are now full, but that 985bhp power output is available as an optional extra on the less expensive EV3x model.
Normally, the EV3x versions of the pickup truck and SUV, as well as the Edition 1 model of the forthcoming SUV, will have a total power output of 818bhp, but retain their 15,600Nm of torque, also from a three-motor setup. GMC claims a 0-60mph time in the region of three-and-a-half seconds in full-power driving mode for the SUV, and three seconds for the pickup truck. The less expensive EV2 and EV2x models of the Hummer EV will have up to 625bhp and 10,000Nm of torque, using two motors.
Aside from the different roofs, the wheelbase of the SUV is also nine inches shorter than the pickup version, allowing for greater maneuverability and a tighter turning circle of 10.8 metres — which is smaller than a Mustang Mach-E's.
The Hummer EV will also be available with an 'Extreme Off-Road' Package, which includes 35-inch off-road tires, improved differential locks, underbody cameras and underbody protection for rocky terrain. Excellent off-road capability was a focus for the Hummer EV development team, and among its suite of all-terrain features is a four-wheel steering system with a 'CrabWalk' mode that allows the car to move diagonally at low speeds over challenging terrain.
GMC's parent company General Motors has developed its own 'Ultium' electric drivetrain for this and other pure-electric models it plans in future, making the Hummer EV capable of rapid charging at speeds up to 300kW. GMC reckons the 20-module battery pack on certain models will hold enough charge for an estimated 300-mile driving range before a top-up is needed. A 'Super Cruise' driver assistance system will also feature, promising "hands-free driving" on certain roads, as well as lane-changing assistance.
Reservations for the 986bhp Hummer EV pickup Edition 1 are now full. The EV3x model will arrive in late 2022, with a starting price of $99,995 (£70,800), followed by the EV2x and the entry-level EV2, which will start $89,995 (£63,700) and $79,995 (£56,600) respectively.
The Hummer EV SUV will launch in the US in early 2023 with an Edition 1 model, starting at $105,595 (around £76,000), but will be available with the Extreme Off-Road Package, which will cost an extra $5,000. After that, the basic EV2 will start at $79,995 (around £57,800), with the EV2x and EV3x models starting at $89,995 (around £65,000) and $99,995 (around £72,000) respectively.
GMC's parent company General Motors pulled out of Europe in 2018, so we don’t expect either of the new Hummer models to be officially sold in the UK anytime soon. However, like its predecessor, importing one from the States should be possible.
Last year, GMC revealed a fully electric reimagining of the iconic, rugged military-derived Humvee off-road vehicle in pick-up truck form. Set to compete with the Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, and Ford's F-150 Lightning in the burgeoning electric truck market, the Hummer EV pick-up truck will go into production in late 2021 at GMC's Detroit-Hamtramck factory, which has been repurposed for the production of electric cars.