The company will cover a larger customer base with three motor options on offer

The GMC Hummer EV was announced last week and it has pretty much been in the news ever since. The company has been tight-lipped about it and hasn’t released much information on it yet. So far, all we’ve learned are horsepower, torque, and 0-60 mph figures.

Now, however, some more information about the powertrain options has come to light. The GMC Hummer will be offered with three powertrain options. This is good news because this way, GMC will most likely cover a broader spectrum instead of solely catering to high-power enthusiasts.

Expect a Broad Spectrum Of Power Performance Figures In Different Trims

GM announced interesting bits of information at the 2019 fourth-quarter earnings call, including the news of the Hummer EV being offered with up to three powertrain options.

The company didn’t announce any further details yet. However, we speculate it could be dual-motor, tri-motor, and quad-motor setups. A tri-motor setup would directly be pitted against the Cybertruck’s top-trim, whereas a dual-motor powertrain could serve as the base trim and be produced for the masses. The performance figures, battery capacities, and range will be different for each one of them.

Will It Be The First Electric Truck To Hit The Markets?

The GMC Hummer EV Will Be Offered With Three All-Electric Powertrain Choices
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Another surprising claim from GM is that the Hummer EV will hit the dealerships in the fall of 2021.

The company has mostly been inactive in the EV scenario, but now all of a sudden it has decided to launch a vehicle in under two years after announcing it? If GM can stick to it, well and good, because the company can’t be clinging on to the Bolt as its EV face forever. It’s also a smart move to put it under the GMC brand rather than Chevrolet as both GMC and Hummer could benefit from it.

Here’s What We Know About The Truck Until Now

GMC announced that the Hummer EV’s motors will churn out a combined output of 1,000 horses.

This could be the top-of-the-line trim in the Hummer EV’s lineup. As I’ve mentioned previously, there is no word on how many motors will work in tandem to do this, but it could very well feature a four-motor setup.

In comparison, Rivian R1T’s four-motor setup makes 788 horses and Bollinger B2’s produces 614 ponies. Official figures for the Cybertruck are not out yet, but in the top-spec tri-motor setup, it should be in the ballpark of 700 horses.

GMC also announced a massive 11,500 pound-feet of torque figure for the truck.

There is no truck or SUV currently that matches this figure in any way. Tesla and Rivian haven’t revealed their torque figures yet, but the Bollinger twins will produce 668 pound-feet of torque. This is nowhere close to the Hummer EV’s figures. Unless another automaker comes up with such ridiculous torque figures, the revived brand’s first EV will be the undisputed king of torque. It goes unsaid that the towing figure would be outrageous as well.

The automaker claims the Hummer EV will be able to gallop to 60 mph from a standstill in three seconds flat.

Compared to the power outputs, the 0-60 mph seems to be on the slower side. The Rivian twins take three seconds to hit the same mark, whereas the Cybertruck in its top-spec form takes 2.9 seconds from a standstill to 60 mph. The Cybertruck with the Plaid Powertrain will be even faster.

Final Thoughts

Now that we know the Hummer EV will be offered with three electric motor options, we can safely assume that the truck will serve to a larger audience and won’t be a niche vehicle.

We already know that GMC plans to mass-produce the truck, so a relatively low-priced Hummer EV could be on the cards as well. What do you think about this news? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck 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. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read More
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