GMC’s Hummer EV pickup and SUV ‘to move like a crab’
General Motors opens the order book for the all-new electric Hummer, which will be offered as a pickup and an SUV. The new Hummer promises great off-road capabilities, thanks to the considerable height adjustment and the Crab Walk, enabling the car also to move laterally.
Like its predecessor, this version is heavy, lacking in streamlining, and energy-consuming. Only this version does not consume fossil fuel, but electricity, a lot of electricity…
Over a decade ago, GM pushed the pause button for the Hummer brand as the market for such models tightened after the banking crisis. The Cadillac Escalade, another oversized SUV of GM origin, survived.
Today, the Hummer has been taken out of the dust and its adventurous qualities have been highlighted by its off-road capabilities, but the basics have not changed. It remains a vehicle that consumes above average energy, although today it is more ‘bon ton’ because the drive is electric and is, therefore, theoretically a zero-emission vehicle.
As grotesque as its predecessor
The specifications do not lie. Hummer is planning a basic version that will cost just under $80 000. It is entitled to two engines that together deliver 625 hp. Hummer indicates that a 16-module battery will be fitted as standard, which will give a theoretical driving range of 400 km.
However, exact (WLTP) figures are not yet available, as the first versions are not expected on the market until 2023. A 20-module battery is offered as an option (which is standard on the top versions with three engines and a system output of up to 830 hp). These Hummers will be the first GM products to use the new Ultimum platform, which can accommodate batteries with a capacity of up to 200 kWh.
There is no concrete information about the exact battery capacity of the Hummer or the weight of the vehicle at present. A battery capacity of 200 kWh in a car is frankly absurd, considering a compact city car can manage with 20 kWh…
Despite its gigantic proportions, the Hummer EV also offers technology that shows the vehicle can be used for extreme off-road work. For example, the ground clearance is adjustable, allowing the Hummer to deal with large obstacles and even rock formations. Furthermore, the rear wheels can turn under a very large angle (crab walk) so that the Hummer can move almost laterally, which can also be interesting in terrain use.
For highway driving, there is the ‘Super Cruise’ system that allows to drive hands-off. In addition, the car has a one-pedal system that makes it possible to drive without using the brake pedal, because the car brakes (regenerates) when the foot is taken off the accelerator.
Finally, the manufacturer says that the car’s (gigantic) battery can also be used as a power generator on camping trips. The question is whether one can afford an adventurous off-road trip in a desolate region, which is the vocation of this type of car.
The Hummer does offer fast charging technology (up to 800 V and a fast-charging technology up to 300 kW), but whether such charging power will be available in remote areas within two years is rather unlikely. The Hummer EV will probably fit more in the ‘urban jungle’.