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GMC Hummer EV: electric pickup truck gets 329-mile EPA range

Electric version of the 'Humvee' will be available in both SUV and pickup forms; Edition 1 models with 212.7kWh battery return up to 329 miles on a charge in US testing

The Hummer EV will cover up to 329 miles on a charge, according to testing data filed by its manufacturer General Motors with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The data referred to the pickup variant of the truck in limited-run Edition 1 trim, with a 212.7kWh battery. The EPA’s tests differ from the WLTP procedure used in Europe, so the number isn’t directly comparable with models sold in the UK.

The figure for the electric Hummer surpasses estimates for the Ford F-150 Lightning (230-300 miles) and for the Rivian R1T with its standard 135kWh battery (314 miles). However, the Hummer EV appears to be far less efficient than the Rivian, which, when fitted with a 180kWh ‘Max’ battery pack, will cover over 400 miles, according to its maker. That’s likely due to the Hummer weighing over four-and-a-half tonnes (9,000lb). 

The Hummer EV pickup is on sale and in production now, with the SUV version arriving in 2023. Both are available in four trims: Edition 1, EV3x, EV2x and EV2. The Edition 1 is the only one available with the headline-grabbing 986bhp (1,000hp) power output from a three-motor setup as standard; this is sufficient for a 0-62mph time of just three seconds. Reservations for the Edition 1 pickup are now full, but that 986bhp power output will be available as an optional extra on the less expensive EV3x.

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 different roofs, the wheelbase of the SUV is also nine inches shorter than the pickup, allowing for greater manoeuvrability and a tighter turning circle of 10.8 metres — smaller than a Mustang Mach-E's.

The Hummer EV is also 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 development team, and among its suite of all-terrain features is a four-wheel steering system with 'CrabWalk' mode that allows the car to move diagonally at low speeds.

GMC's parent company General Motors has developed its own 'Ultium' electric-car platform for this, the Chevrolet Silverado EV and other pure-electric models it plans in future, making the Hummer EV capable of rapid charging at speeds up to 300kW. The Hummer EV is also offered with 'Super Cruise' driver assistance system, 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.

The pickup version of the new Hummer EV will compete with the Chevrolet Silverado EVRivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, and Ford's F-150 Lightning in the burgeoning electric truck market. Find out more about how these models stack up on paper in our American zero-emissions pickup truck spec-sheet battle here.

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