GMC flew Electrek out to Scottsdale, Arizona, last month to test-drive the new Hummer EV on proving grounds, backroads, highways, and desert trails. After a few days with this beast, it is clear that this thing has all the bells and whistles – but with a huge 200+ kWh battery, is the Hummer brand still a little excessive?
GMC Hummer EV background
The original AMG Hummer was a consumer derivative of the military Humvee, which itself was an informal derivation of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). General Motors bought the Hummer brand in late 1999, though AMG continued to manufacture the civilian vehicles through to the H2 model. GM then built the H3 alongside its other pickup trucks out of Louisiana. In the 2008 implosion when GM went into bankruptcy, the Hummer brand was shopped around but never found a home. GM shut down the Hummer business in 2010 and the brand with it.
That was a shame because GM had some interesting ideas for the Hummer including the Hummer HX convertible, which turned into a 60-mile convertible EV and is still somehow sold as crazy golf carts. Whoops.
Hummer = excess
Since its demise, the Hummer name had come to represent “excess” for better or worse. Sure, rappers, athletes, and celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger loved the Hummer. But especially with the H2 and H3 models that weren’t great off-road, got abysmal gas mileage, and frankly looked a little tired, the brand went out of style in the 2010s.
GMC Hummer EV announced
Fast-forward to 2020. GM decided its Chevy Bolt compact wasn’t the right way to approach the electric vehicle market, at least not yet. The leadership under CEO Mary Barra decided its high-end vehicles now made the most sense to electrify. Along with the Cadillac Lyriq, GM in 2020, right before the pandemic, announced the Hummer EV with 1000hp, three-second 0-60, and 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque. All of these are absurd numbers, even today, and it was thought that this was GM drawing a line in the sand against the new EVs coming from Rivian and Tesla Cybertruck along with Ford’s F-150 Lightning. NBA Basketball star LeBron James was the anointed spokesman. James famously got his first Hummer in high school.
We actually got a quick look at the prototype in March 2020 but weren’t allowed to take pictures. At the time the interior was fully fleshed out and it certainly had a squared-off desert interior motif that evoked memories of the original Humvee. If GM hadn’t taken my camera prior to viewing, I would have had a hard time not snapping some pictures. It was just so unique and cool. At the time I said you absolutely knew it was a Hummer EV, even though it looked a lot different than the Hummers from a decade ago.
Since then and through the pandemic, GM has dripped dropped new information about the absurd vehicle. Probably the most important was the four-wheel steering and admittedly gimmicky “crab mode” diagonal drive. Since this was announced, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the upcoming Cybertruck would also allow for four-wheel steering.
GMC Hummer pricing
In October 2020, GM announced that the Hummer would start at $80,000, but that model wouldn’t be available until 2024 at the earliest. The launch version called “Edition 1” price was a little bit steeper.
The 2022 HUMMER EV Edition 1 will have a starting MSRP of $112,595, including destination, leading a range of additional trims to be introduced in future model years. Standard equipment on all, including Edition 1, includes Super Cruise capability with three years of service, UltraVision with High Definition Surround Vision, Digital Key, 35-inch-OD tires, Infinity Roof, power rear drop glass, six-function MultiPro Tailgate, and more.
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