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GMC Shows off the Hummer EV’s Watts to Freedom Mode To Celebrate Independence Day

The WTF mode that can make a 9,000-pound vehicle sprint to 60 mph from a standstill will make you go WTF!

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The Hummer models were known for their brawny appearance and gas-guzzling nature. But, GMC revived the moniker last year as a clean, sober vehicle that doesn’t have a drinking problem anymore. This stark opposite nature is still a little tough to digest, but we’re more than happy to have the Hummer badge live on. After introducing it as a supertruck in 2020, the company brought out its SUV version, too.

The nameplate aside, the 2022 Hummer EV is filled to the brim when it comes to features and technology. There’s the Crab Walk mode, Extract mode, and the Super Cruise tech to name a few. Another exciting feature is the Watts To Freedom (WTF) which is essentially a Launch Control.

To commemorate Independence Day, GMC has released a video of the Hummer supertruck’s Watts To Freedom mode in action. To see a 9,000-pound beast sprint to 60 mph from rest in three seconds is scary and exciting. A perfect name for this mode – WTF!

What Is Watts To Freedom?

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Of the four trims offered on the Hummer EV, two trims come with a tri-motor setup and electric four-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring.

In these models, GMC has offered something known as the WTF or Watts To Freedom mode. It is essentially a launch control with a fancy name. Activate this and you’ll be able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in three seconds flat! On the electric Hummer SUV, it takes 3.5 seconds for the same sprint.

This is mind-blowing because the Hummer EV weighs over 9,000 pounds and isn’t aerodynamically efficient exactly. It goes unsaid that it will take a toll on the range.

What Does GMC Show In This Video?

The 30-second video shows the WTF mode in action. When engaged, there are some nice graphics shown inside. Instead of using the words ‘Activated’ or ‘Engaged’, the truck prompts ‘Armed’. It then guides you to launch successfully, which requires you to floor the pedals and then release the brake to launch. Nothing out of the box here, but the way it’s presented makes the whole process feels special and surreal. The truck even lowers its stance before sprinting to glory.

What’s The GMC Hummer EV All About?

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The GMC Hummer EV comes with a whole lot of impressive things. Here are its salient features in a nutshell:

  • Tri-motor setup
  • 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque
  • 0-60 mph in three seconds
  • Watts to Freedom
  • DC Fast Charge up to 350 kW, which means 100 miles of recuperation in 10 minutes
  • White exterior
  • Illuminated grille
  • 22-inch wheels, 35-inch tires
  • MultiPro tailgate
  • ‘Infinity Roof’ - Transparent Sky Panels
  • Adaptive Air Suspension with six inches of travel
  • Diagonal movement using ‘CrabWalk’ feature
  • ‘UltraVision’ function with 18 different camera views
  • Exclusive Interior Badge
  • 13.4-inch touchscreen system
  • 12.3-inch screen digital instrument cluster
  • 14-speaker Bose audio system
  • Super Cruise hands-free driving
  • Extreme Off-Road Package

Conclusion

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GMC managed to hype something as common as a Launch Control so well. So, kudos for that! The truck is still some time away. This is the estimated schedule for now:

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

If you’re wondering how much they cost, this is the trim-wise split-up:

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

If you think that’s expensive, the VIN001 Hummer EV sold for $2.5 million at an auction for charity a few months!

If you were in the market to buy a Hummer EV, which one would you pick – the truck or the SUV? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below. Lastly, happy Independence Day!

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Senior Editor, Truck Expert, EV Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
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. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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