GMC reincarnates the Hummer moniker

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GM announced the reincarnation of the Hummer moniker in early 2020 as an EV, to much surprise. It was supposed to debut in May last year, but the pandemic threw a spanner in the works and it had to be pushed by a few months. In October, the super truck was finally revealed with a whole lot of information.

The Hummer EV boasts of specs that can throw the competition out of the water, but it comes with a starting sticker price of $80,000, which makes it a super-premium offering. So, is this mouth-watering product with an eye-watering price tag the ultimate truck that you need in your garage?

2022 Hummer EV Powertrain

  • Two trims with dual-motor setup
  • 625 horsepower and 7,400 pound-feet of torque each
  • Two trims with tri-motor setup
  • 800 horsepower and 9,500 pound-feet of torque
  • 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque
2022 GMC Hummer EV Drivetrain
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GMC will offer the Hummer EV in three different trims plus a special Edition 1 trim that was sold out soon after the bookings opened. The EV Edition 1 is an ode to GM’s first-ever electric car, the EV1, which was produced between 1996 and 1999.

The base EV2 trim will be powered by two motors that will produce 625 horsepower and 7,400 pound-feet of torque. The second trim, called the EV 2X, will also feature the same setup and power outputs, but with a bigger battery and better range. The EV 3X will feature a tri-motor setup and will dish out 800 horses and 9,500 pound-feet of torque, combined. The Edition 1 will also come with three motors, but the power figures are rated at an unreal 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Drivetrain
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2021 Hummer EV lineup
Hummer EV2 Hummer EV2x Hummer EV3x Hummer EV Edition 1
Price $79,995 $89,995 $99,995 $112,595
Available Spring 2024 Spring 2023 Fall 2022 Fall 2021
Powertrain 2 motors 2 motors 3 motors 3 motors
Range +250 miles +300 miles +300 miles +350 miles
Horsepower 625 HP 625 HP 800 HP 1000 HP
Torque 7,400 LB-FT 7,400 LB-FT 9,500 LB-FT 11,500 LB-FT

Now, to address the elephant in the room, these insane torque figures can take a layman by surprise. The rating published by GMC, or most of the EV manufacturers in general, is the torque at wheels and not the torque at the motor. Engineering Explained broke down the math and concluded that in the top iteration, the motors make around 1,000 pound-feet of torque (in the metric that we’re used to). So, it wouldn’t be wrong to take roughly around 10-percent of the torque figures published for our ease of understanding.

2022 Hummer EV Suspension System

  • Front and rear independent suspension
  • Front and rear locking differentials
  • Air adaptive suspension available
  • Can be raised to six inches
2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior
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Independent front and rear suspensions are offered as standard whereas the front and rear locking differentials are optional. The super truck can also be had with an air adaptive suspension system that automatically adjusts the height for different conditions. There is a selectable drive mode as well, called the Terrain Mode, which raises the height by two inches.

An optional Extract Mode can also be had that raises the truck to six inches to maneuver carefully over boulders and fording water.

Furthermore, the suspension can also be had with Continuous Damping Adaptive Ride Control that adjusts the damping levels based on the surface you drive on.

The Terrain mode comes as standard on all the trims except the EV2, and here are the angles and other ratings when activated:

Ground Clearance: 11.9 inches
Approach Angle: 44.3 degrees
Departure Angle: 33.7 degrees
Breakover Angle: 25.4 degrees
Water Fording: 28 inches
Wall Climb: 18 inches
Front Suspension Travel: 13 inches
Rear Suspension Travel: 13 inches

With the optional extract mode, these figures get even better and this is how they look:

Ground Clearance: 15.9 inches
Approach Angle: 49.7 degrees
Departure Angle: 38.4 degrees
Breakover Angle: 32.2 degrees
Water Fording: 32 inches
Wall Climb: 18 inches
Front Suspension Travel: 13 inches
Rear Suspension Travel: 13 inches

2022 Hummer EV Battery and Range

  • Range varies from 250- to 300 miles
  • GM’s Ultium batteries
  • Supports fast charging up to 350 kW
2022 GMC Hummer EV Drivetrain
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Hummer has not announced the battery capacities, but on the EV2 trim, the estimated range is 250 miles.

On the Hummer EV 2X and the EV 3X, the estimated range is 300 miles, and on the top Edition 1, it’s 350 miles. The EV will make use of GM’s Ultium batteries, which are basically pouch-style cells that can be packed either horizontally or vertically in the battery pack. This arrangement pattern is said to have a good impact on the performance and charging times, and also helps optimize battery energy storage.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Drivetrain
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As a general thumb rule, the 100 kW battery will be good for approximately 300 miles, so we could have around 80 kWh battery packs in the base trim and perhaps 120 kWh packs in the top trim. This is just a back-of-the-envelope calculation and nothing concrete. GMC also said that these Ultium batteries support fast charging, with select trims offering up to 100 miles of range in 10 minutes. This comes courtesy of its compatibility with 800V DC fast chargers that support charging speeds of up to 350 kW.

2022 Hummer EV Performance and Autonomous Technology

  • 0-60 mph in Watts To Freedom mode
  • Offers Super Cruise Autonomous technology
  • Supports automatic lane changing
  • Can be used on 200,000 miles of enabled roads
2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The two trims with the tri-motor setup come with an electric four-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring. In these models, you get something known as WTF mode (Watts To Freedom), which is essentially a driver-selectable mode that activates a launch control of sorts. Activate this and you’ll be able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in three seconds flat! For a truck this big, with not-so-great coefficient drag figures, and heavy curb weight, this is quite impressive. It goes unsaid that it will take a toll on the range.

The Hummer EV will feature GM’s latest version of the Super Cruise, which will rival Tesla’s Autopilot.

The super truck is the first model outside the Cadillac range to feature Super Cruise. GM introduced this autonomous tech on the Cadillac CT6 four years back for the first time. Since then, there has been a lot of improvement and GM claims that his driver assistance feature offers hands-free driving on more than 200,000 miles of enabled roads. It even comes with automatic lane changing, wherein you flick the turn indicator and the vehicle will switch lanes on its own.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior

  • Attention-seeking design
  • Illuminated grille
  • Underbody protection
  • 18-inch wheels
  • 35-inch tires standard, 37-inch optional
  • MultiPro tailgate
  • Power Tonneau cover
  • Power rear drop glass window
2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior Wallpaper quality
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The reincarnated Hummer will draw just as much attention as the old Hummer did. It is big, muscular, and brawny. Up front, the truck features an illuminated grille with the Hummer lettering. It reeks of futuristic design overall and will look like an alien if throw it in the current crop of cars on the road. There’s full underbody armor to protect from hits on beaten paths, and there are steel plates, too, to safeguard the differential and the battery pack.

The brobdingnagian stature is even more prominent when viewed from the side, thanks to the square wheel arches, rock rails, and angular construction. The super truck will come with 18-inch tires wrapped in 35-inch standard Goodyear Wrangler tires as standard, whereas 37-inch tires will be available as an option.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior
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At the rear, the truck comes with a MultiPro tailgate as standard. It’s the same one that we’ve seen on other GMC trucks as well. Essentially, it’s a dual-tailgate setup and can be activated at a push of a button on the tailgate itself or using the key fob. Apart from being flipped down like a conventional tailgate, it can work as a standing desk, or can be folded down to create a step in the bed as well. Ram’s barn-door style on the MultiFunction tailgate seems better, but this setup isn’t too bad either. It also has a primary gate and inner gate load stops, and can withstand up to 375 pounds of load. A power Tonneau cover and a power rear drop glass window further improve the hauling versatility in this truck.

The towing and payload capacities are still not announced, but we expect it to offer at least 8,500- and 3,000 pounds, respectively.

2022 Hummer EV Interior and Technology

  • Lunar Horizon theme
  • Dual-tone seats
  • Removable ‘Infinity’ Roof
  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 13.4-inch touchscreen system
  • Off-road data tire pressure, pitch and roll angles, etc.
First Video Review of the Hummer EV Reminds US That The Car Doesn't Actually Exist
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On the inside, the truck feels very plush and premium. It follows a ‘Lunar Horizon’ theme, and you can see the touches all around the cabin, like the dual-tone seats, tech bronze accents, etc. As expected, it features a digital instrument cluster behind the three-spoke steering wheel that measures 12.3 inches in size.

On the center console, GMC has equipped a 13.4-inch touchscreen system to take care of the infotainment duties. It will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 14-speaker Bose audio system is also on offer here. Off-road widgets that show data like torque output, differential locker engagement, tire pressure, pitch and roll angles, a drift gauge, friction circle, torque vectoring, and so on, on the screen inside the cabin.

2022 GMC Hummer EV
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The super truck also feels very spacious and airy, thanks to the removable roof. GMC calls this the Infinity Roof and it gels well with the ‘Lunar Horizon’ theme since you can stargaze without any obstructions. Called the Infinity Roof, it features four removable transparent sky panels that can be stowed into the frunk whenever you take them off. The rear I-bar remains as it is, giving a Targa-like T-shape top and offering a complete open-air experience for the passengers at the front. Since there are no window frames either, it just gets better. The process to remove and put them back, however, needs to be easy.

2022 Hummer EV Off-Road Tech

  • Crab Walk Mode
  • Allows diagonal movement
  • Ultravision Cameras
  • Offers up to 18 different underbody views
2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior
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Hummer EV comes with something known as Crab Walk mode, which is exactly what the name suggests. You can basically drive diagonally, thanks to the four-wheel steer feature. The rear-wheel steer can articulate up to 10 degrees, and front wheels can be steered at the same angle at low speeds, which enables the truck to crawl like a crab.

GMC will offer the Hummer EV with Ultravision cameras that will be extremely useful when you take it off the roads. There are forward and rear-facing cameras under the body that give you 18 different views. In fact, they are said to be placed low enough to see beyond the skid plates. They come with replaceable lens protectors, so you don’t have to worry about it burning a hole in your pocket in case they get damaged. And, if you’ve had an adventurous day in the slush, you don’t have to bend and clean the cameras because Hummer has offered a wash function for them. It’s these neat touches that show how well the company has thought out the product.

2022 Hummer EV Pricing

2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior
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This is how the Hummer EV is priced:

  • Hummer EV2 - $79,995
  • Hummer EV 2X - $89,995
  • Hummer EV 3X - $99,995
  • Hummer EV Edition 1 - $112,595

The Hummer EV will be eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, but there’s no word about it from GMC. So, we assume that the prices quoted are without considering the federal tax credit.

Is The Hummer EV Better Than Tesla Cybertruck?

2021 Tesla Cybertruck Exterior
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This will be a battle to look out for. They operate at different price points, but there’s no denying that these vehicles will clash. The Tesla Cybertruck starts at under $40,000 and offers way more bang for the buck. But the off-beat, unorthodox styling doesn’t sit well with everyone. Tesla offers the Cybertruck with a single motor, dual-motor, and tri-motor setups. In its best iteration, it makes 800 horses and 1,000 pound-feet of torque, and takes 2.9 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill. The range here is going to be over 500 miles, whereas the towing and payload capacities are rated at 14,000- and 3,500 pounds. This tri-motor model will cost $69,900, which is $10,000 less than the starting price of the Hummer EV, and $30,000 lower than the tri-motor setup. What’s your pick going to be?

Tesla Cybertruck vs Hummer EV
Tesla Cybertruck Single-motor RWD Tesla Cybertruck Dual-motor AWD Tesla Cybertruck Tri-motor AWD GMC Hummer EV2 GMC Hummer EV3x GMC Hummer EV Edition 1
Horsepower: >400 HP 690 HP 800 HP 625 HP 800 HP 1,000 HP
Torque: TBA 824 LB-FT 1,000 LB-FT 7,400 LB-FT 9,500 LB-FT 11,500 LB-FT

Read our full review on the Tesla Cybertruck

Is The Hummer EV Better Than The Rivian R1T?

The 2020 Rivian R1T Electric Truck Middle Fingers Tesla with a 3-Second Sprint to 60 mph and 400 Mile Range Exterior
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If you thought the price gap between the Cybertruck and the Hummer EV is too much, here’s a truck that fills the void and has the potential to penetrate the sales of both trucks. The Rivian R1T starts at $67,500. It comes with a quad-motor setup and in its best form, it can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in three seconds. It can deliver around 300 miles and can tow up to 11,000 pounds. The truck can rock crawl at 100-percent grade, too, and comes with something known as the Tank Turn, wherein the truck can spin on a dime, thus eliminating the question “what’s the turning radius”. It has stuff like a 15.6-inch touchscreen system, an all-glass panoramic roof, and loads of driver assistance features. Well, it’s gotten quite competitive already, and mind you, none of these trucks are available yet.

Read our full review on the Rivian R1T

2022 Hummer EV Delivery

2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior
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The Hummer EV will be manufactured at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly – also called Factory Zero these days – which has been retooled with a $2.2 billion investment for EV production. All the four models, however, will arrive at different points, with the most expensive one arriving fast and the cheapest one at last. The estimated schedules, for now, are as follows:

  • Hummer EV Edition 1 – Fall 2021
  • Hummer EV 3X – Fall 2022
  • Hummer EV 2X – Spring 2023
  • Hummer EV2 – Spring 2024

2022 Hummer EV Accessories and Packages

2022 GMC Hummer EV Exterior Wallpaper quality
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According to a recent report, the Hummer EV will come with around 200 optional accessories at launch. There’s no information on this, but you can expect stuff like Illuminated door sill plates, interior trim kits, all-weather floor liners and mats, bedliners, splash guards, different kinds of Tonneau covers, and so on.

  • Leave it
    • Exorbitant pricing
    • Range is low even as per today’s standards
    • Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T offer better bang for the buck
Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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