We’re currently playing a game of musical chairs with electric trucks. The overarching question remains: Who will actually be first to market with their game-changing, norm-crushing EV model? The fight among Tesla, Rivian, Ford and GM is well underway, and GM revealed more details Wednesday on when their hotly anticipated Hummer EV — now under the GMC banner — will debut. Sometime later this fall, we should have more information on the GMC Hummer EV as it officially debuts. The debut was supposed to happen on May 20, but was delayed to this later date.
From there, GM announced today the truck will go into production in Fall 2021. The company teased 1,000 horsepower and a mind-boggling 11,500 lb-ft of torque from its electric motors, which out to put the new Hummer in serious contention with the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, and the ultimate result of Ford’s electric F-150 development.
General Motors will build the new GMC Hummer EV at its repurposed Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan.
2022 GMC Hummer EV: What we know so far
In one of our latest reports, we noted the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will bring some unique touches to the table to take on its chief rivals. Beyond the sheer performance element (more on that shortly), the truck will bear a T-tip arrangement with four removable roof panels. That will allow for a completely open-air experience, dubbed “Infinity Roof”, which is something the other EV truck rivals aren’t really pitching at this point.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV, among GM’s other electric models, will ride on a new “Ultium” battery pack, which will function as the backbone of all upcoming electric GM models, from the Hummer EV down to the second-generation Chevy Bolt EV. GM says the pack is scalable between 50 and 200 kWh. We suspect the GMC Hummer EV will have a capacity in the upper part of that range, to achieve the company’s claimed range of up to 400 miles per charge. On top of the projected range, the Hummer EV may sprint from 0-60 in around 3 seconds, something its predecessor was hopelessly equipped to achieve. Fast DC charging of up to 350 kW should also be available, as U.S. charging stations become equipped to handle that sort of speed.
A new EV truck necessitates a shift in what’s possible for the driver, and this latest video did tease some of that capability. “Adrenaline Mode” and “Crab Mode” are two of the selectable driving programs GMC teased. One sounds like it caters to the speed side of the GMC Hummer EV’s performance, while the other may help substantially in terms of its maneuverability.