PLEASANT VALLEY, Ariz.—The headline figures verge on the ridiculous: a thousand horsepower. A curb weight so heavy that you simply’d want a particular license to drive it in some nations. A lithium-ion battery that is nearly twice the capability of the rest on the highway. A zero to 60 mph time of simply three seconds. And regardless of the worst effectivity of any electrical car we have pushed up to now, it nonetheless has greater than 300 miles of vary.
If all that appears like overkill to you, or should you already assume EVs are a good suggestion, you aren’t the target market for GMC’s new Hummer EV.
As a substitute, GMC is positioning the Hummer EV as “an all-electric tremendous truck with zero emissions and 0 limits” (besides maybe a highway’s weight ranking). It is meant to transform the electro-curious over from gasoline or diesel to electrons. So assume “off-road recreation Rivian R1T rival” slightly than “blue-collar Ford F-150 Lightning fighter.”
Discussions of a doable new Hummer began to resurface in 2014 with the thought of dusting off the outdated car’s tooling. Nevertheless it wasn’t till the arrival of Common Motors’ new Ultium battery platform that resurrecting the problematic nameplate grew to become doable. That battery platform, along with a brand new household of Ultium Drive electrical motors, most likely helped GMC compress the same old improvement cycle for a brand new car down to simply two years—the primary Hummer EV Version 1 deliveries have began already.
On the core of the Hummer EV is its battery pack, which sits beneath the cabin and between the axles. At 2,923 lbs (1,325 kg), the battery makes up almost a 3rd of the Hummer EV’s substantial 9,063 lb (4,110 kg) mass, and it consists of 24 Ultium modules, that are double-stacked to offer a web capability of 212.7 kWh. The pack is protected by a hefty structural body bolted to the Hummer EV’s physique (there isn’t any conventional ladder body just like the outdated Hummers). And for the reason that truck is meant to have the ability to deal with itself off-road, there are shear panels and skid plates to maintain all that lithium ion secure on the paths.
Every nook of the Hummer EV options unbiased suspension and air springs. The suspension’s commonplace top provides the truck 10.1 inches (257 mm) of floor clearance, which grows to 11.9 inches (302 mm) in Terrain mode or 15.9 inches (404 mm) in Extract mode, to be used should you high-side the truck on an impediment or must ford a stream. Terrain mode provides the Hummer EV an method angle of 44.3 levels, a departure angle of 33.7 levels, and a breakover angle of 25.4 levels. Most fording depth is 28 inches (711 mm). Sure, you may ford streams in an EV, and water mustn’t get into the battery pack.
The $112,595 Hummer EV launch version—plus the $99,995 Hummer EV3X, due this fall—makes use of a three-motor association: a single front-drive unit with a locking differential and a motor for every rear wheel, with an digital locking perform for this axle. Collectively, the three motors make for a mixed 1,000 hp (745 kW) and about 1,000 lb-ft (1,355 Nm).