Wild new GMC Hummer EV truck arrives in 2021

Published: 22 October 2020

► Hummer goes all-electric
► GMC claims 1,000bhp and AWD
► Plus, off-road tech explained

The Hummer name returns for 2020. GMC, one of General Motors’ SUV brands in North America has resurrected the Hummer brand and will use it for an all-new electric SUV.

Since then, details on the launch vehicle (called Edition 1) which is being billed as ‘a first-of-its kind supertruck’ offering massive off- and on-road performance with zero tailpipe emissions.

How powerful will it be?

Using a combination of batteries and three electric motors from GM’s new ‘Ultium’ range the Edition 1 promises 1,000 horsepower and an estimated 11,500ft lbs of torque.

hummer ev rear

That’s good for a 0-60mph time of around three seconds, apparently, while fast 800v charging means 100 miles or range can be squeezed into the batteries in ten minutes. 

A full charge should enable 350 miles of driving although you can expect that to drop if you make full use of the capable 4WD system, which the Hummer’s chief engineer states will make this car the most capably factory truck ever. A bold claim.

What chassis tech are we looking at?

The basics include adaptive air suspension with something called ‘Extract Mode’, which pushes the bodywork up an additional six inches to help clear boulders or deep water.

This is all governed by a set of drive modes that alter things like the torque splits and four-wheel steering for different terrains.

The Hummer comes equipped with 35-inch Goodyear off-road tyres but there’s space for a 37-inch version, and steel underbody protection deflects damage away from the battery pack. 

Where it gets really clever though are with features like sophisticated four wheel steer with ‘CrabWalk’, where the front and rear tyres can be pointed at the same angle for diagonal movement.

hummer ev interior

Finally UltraVision underbody cameras front and rear will help drivers get around obstacles that may not be normally visible from behind the wheel. 

What’s a Hummer?

In case you don’t know, the term Hummer evolved from the Humvee military transport, with the company that built them wanted to make civilian versions.

During the 90s and early 2000s, Hummer sold the H1 - effectively a lightly modified Humvee - plus a blingy H2 and smaller H3, until the brand effectively died towards the end of the 2000s. 

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By Adam Binnie

Bauer Automotive's new cars editor; likes bikes and burgers, often over-tyred