GMC Hummer EV Pickup: First Look Review

  • GM's most badass pickup, now with a GMC badge and an electric heart
  • Can be driven diagonally in tricky off-road situations
  • Delivers up to 381 miles of GM-est. range
  • Priced from USD 96,550 and available at U.S. dealerships

The Hummer EV Pickup is the most in-your-face electric pickup truck today and for some time to come. The EV Pickup and its SUV sibling leave customers spellbound with their outlandish design, exceptional off-road capability, and a powertrain that produces up to four-digit power and torque figures. The Hummers of the yore weren’t minimalist by any means, but GMC has dialed things up by several notches with its electric model.

Recently, I saw a GMC Hummer EV Pickup finished in the Interstellar White color on display and spent some time seeing its exterior and interior in detail. Here are my first impressions of the new electric off-road pickup truck:

Trims

GMC announced the Hummer EV Pickup in 2, 2X, 3X, and Edition 1 trims in 2020 and launched it exclusively in the top-of-the-line Edition 1 trim in December 2021. Currently, only the 2X and 3X trims are available to order. However, preconfigured units of the Edition 1, like the one featured in this story, are still available at some dealerships.

Exterior

GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 front

I think the GMC Hummer EV Pickup looks unmistakably Hummer. Upfront, the EV has an upright stance with a raised bonnet line. The most prominent element is the full-width LED light bar, which functions as a DRL and doubles up as a charging status indicator when the EV is plugged in.

The headlamps are housed below on the front bumper, which also has two heavy-duty tow hooks (front and rear each) and a muscular skid plate that appears to be built to withstand some serious off-road beating.

On the sides, the Hummer EV Pickup has large door-mounted rearview mirrors and squared-off wheel arches. GMC stuck to conventional door handles instead of using flush door handles, and I believe they better suit the use case of this model.

The electric pickup truck rolls on 35-inch OD (overall diameter) Goodyear all-terrain tires, which are massive for its 22-inch wheels. GMC also offers a combination of 35-inch OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires and 18-inch wheels for extreme off-roading. What I find even more impressive is that the EV is engineered to fit even larger, 37-inch tires.

Initially, the Hummer EV Pickup came with dealer-installed stainless-steel off-road assist steps with rock sliders as part of the standard equipment. With the MY2023 update, new, fixed assist steps built with aluminum became standard.

At the back, I like the Hummer EV Pickup’s technical-looking tail lamps, which consist of an H-shaped graphic. Up top, it features three roof-mounted (front and rear) identification lights mandated by the U.S. government for wide vehicles.

GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 rear

One of the most attractive features on the list of exterior equipment, in my opinion, is removable glass roof panels, which come opaque or transparent depending on the trim. The Edition 1 trim has the transparent version as standard. Customers can remove the glass roof panels with a few simple steps and store them in the frunk (11.3 cu ft).

Smartly engineered cargo bed

I can’t go without mentioning the Hummer EV Pickup’s forte, its rear flatbed. The EV’s flatbed measures 60 inches (5 feet) in length. It can carry cargo up to 1,300 pounds, claims GMC. That said, the towing capacity of the EV—it has four heavy-duty tow hooks, two at the front and rear each—is 7,500 pounds (company-est.).

GMC Hummer EV Pickup Omega Edition

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup Omega Edition is a new special edition model that debuts a ‘Neptune Blue Matte’ color, and this is my new favorite paint option for the electric Hummer. It is based on the 3X trim, but it includes the transparent version of the removable glass roof panels as standard. Additionally, it flaunts the following dealer-installed exterior features:

  • Black Emblems
  • 18″ Gloss Black Beadlock Wheel with a Carbon Flash decorative ring, black center caps featuring the HUMMER EV logo, and Thatcham wheel locks
  • MultiPro Tailgate Audio System by KICKER

Accessories

GMC offers an extensive range of accessories for the Hummer EV Pickup. Among them are soft and hard retractable tonneau covers to protect cargo from dust and extreme weather. It can also be equipped with the aforementioned Multipro Tailgate Audio System by Kicker, which adds weatherproof speakers to the flatbed.

Here are some of the accessories for the GMC Hummer EV Pickup:

  • Rocker protectors with assist steps
  • Storage set for the removable Glass roof panel
  • D-ring recovery hooks in tech bronze or red
  • Black, red, or bronze badges
  • Soft/hard roll-up tonneau cover
  • Front off-road auxiliary lights
  • Camping tent
  • 18-inch 8-spoke bronze wheels
  • Off-road recovery kit
  • Dual bed-mounted vertical spare-tire carrier
  • All-weather eTrunk with vertical cargo net
  • Sky convertible top with Z-style fold (for front row)

Interior

Sitting in the GMC Hummer EV Pickup, I instantly felt that it had a proper truck-like interior. I think its tall and boxy dashboard, which features big, tower-like outer-end AC vents, is the main reason behind this vibe. I think the steering wheel featuring a chunky center pad, the long and wide center console with plenty of storage space, the door panels featuring a vertically aligned handle and a boxy armrest, and plenty of conventional controls, including buttons, knobs, and switches go well with the theme.

GMC offers the Hummer EV Pickup in Lunar Horizon and Lunar Shadow color schemes. The former, seen here, is a combination of Jet Black and Light Grey, while the latter clubs Jet Black with Taupe. If you were to ask me, the interior looks the best in Lunar Horizon.

GMC has showcased its American heritage by offering a moon-themed interior with a topographical map of the moon on the EV’s floor and speaker grilles. The speaker graphics showcase the Sea of Tranquility and Neil Armstrong’s footprint symbolizing mankind’s first step on the moon. No customer actually needs this feature, but something that proud American customers would buy from their hearts.

Luxury vehicle-like comfort

I’m six feet tall, and I had to use the sidesteps to get in both the front and back of the Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1. Pillar-mounted grab handles were included in both places, so children should have no issue entering or exiting the vehicle either. The interior is quite premium and looks similar to a luxury vehicle. I think the materials are also pretty well thought-out. Irrespective of the color scheme, GMC uses leather-alternative seating surfaces in the electric pickup truck. The new Hummer EV Pickup Omega Edition features exclusive premium carpet floor inserts for a luxurious feeling.

The heated steering wheel is quite firm to hold. Unlike in many modern EVs, there are physical buttons on the three-spoke steering for cruise control, selecting ADAS functions, and navigating through the digital instrument cluster’s menu. More buttons are under the touchscreen for functions like diff lock and traction control. Drive modes can be selected via a rotary knob on the center console. The steering column features power tilt-and-telescopic adjustment and memory function.

As for outward visibility, I noticed that the high-set hood and dashboard, the short windshield, and the thick A-pillar had some impact on the forward view. The huge, flat windows provide excellent side visibility, though, and the rear visibility is good, too.

The Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 features 12-way power front seats with 4-way lumbar support and memory (driver-only), heating, and ventilation functions. I felt that they were really comfortable, and the huge armrest between them offered great support. I had ample headroom and faced no issue with the legroom either.

In the back, there’s a 60/40 folding bench, which, in my experience, is best suited for two people even though it can accommodate three. When I sat in the middle position, I felt that the backrest was a little too hard and my knees were in a very high-up position because of a raised section in the floor. In the outboard positions, which include a heating function, I felt that the legroom was okay and I had sufficient knee room. The under-thigh support was average, though.

Ample digital real estate

Taking center stage in the cabin are the two massive screens. For starters, a 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system displays a wealth of information. The EV is available with Ultravision, which allows seeing up to 18 camera views on the touchscreen. This includes the front and rear underbody cameras with a washer function and a replaceable lens in case it breaks during daring off-road adventures.

The 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment displays comprehensive off-road information, including pitch and roll angles, wheel travel, g-force articulation, drift gauge, chassis ride height, etc. Before I saw it in person, I expected it to be easy to use because of its minimalist UI and the boatload of features it had. After I had used it for some time, I was convinced that the controls and settings were easy to find, even for someone who is new to GMC. I think the piano-style buttons below the infotainment display are easy to locate. However, while I like their tactile operation, I think their feedback could be a little bit better.

GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 dashboard driver side

The 12.3-inch digital cockpit in the driver’s view provides essential information to the driver, including vehicle performance, off-road statistics, driver awareness, and trail mapping projection from the myGMC app. It looks premium because of the superb graphics, but while it exudes the look of a luxury vehicle instrument cluster, it doesn’t feel as confidence-inspiring.

Hummer EV Pickup Specifications

I think the GMC Hummer EV Pickup is a beast, as it’s extremely capable both on and off the road. Designed and engineered from the group up, it has a 20- or 24-module battery pack that consists of nickel-cobalt-manganese-aluminum (NCMA) pouch cells sourced from a Warren, Ohio-based factory owned by Ultium Cells, a joint venture between LG Energy Solution and GMC’s parent company GM. It’s also worth noting that this is the first model across GM brands with a wireless battery management system.

GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 front three quarter

The Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 trim featured in this story comes with the 24-module battery pack. With 800 volt capacity and 350 kW DC fast charging, up to nearly 100 miles range can be recovered in as little as 12 minutes. On a full charge, the electric pickup truck can travel up to 329 miles, although this is a company-estimated figure, not EPA-estimated. Other configurations of the Hummer EV Pickup deliver a range of up to 381 miles (company-estimated).

1,000 hp and 11,500 lb.-ft.

Brace for impact because the Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1’s powertrain surpasses all old limits. It comes with a tri-motor AWD set-up, which gives it 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb.-ft. of wheel torque.

Before getting misled by the torque figure, note that EVs generally have a drive reduction ratio of 8:1, which relates to torque multiplication at the wheel. The system torque of Hummer EV Pickup’s triple-motor powertrain is 1,140 lb.-ft. The 1,000-hp triple-motor powertrain allows the Hummer EV Pickup to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.0 seconds.

CrabWalk & 4 wheel steer

GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 rear three quarter

CrabWalk and four-wheel-steering make the 216.8-inch-long pickup as easily maneuverable as a compact SUV. The pickup has a turning diameter of 37.1 feet (445.2 inches). For reference, a Toyota RAV4, which measures 180.9 inches in length, has a turning radius of 37.4 feet (448.8 inches). At slow speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels, and at higher speeds, all wheels turn in the same direction.

CrabWalk is a feature usually offered on heavy-duty construction machines like JCB excavators. This segment-first feature offers incredible maneuverability by making all wheels steer at the same angle, up to 10 degrees, at low speeds making the EV drive diagonally to get past tight sections of trails. Moreover, the adaptive air suspension can raise ride height from 10.1 inches (standard) to 15.9 inches in Extract Mode to help the EV clear large obstacles like boulders.

Hummer EV Pickup off-road specificationsTerrain ModeExtract Mode
Front overhang34.7 in.34.7 in.
Rear overhang46.5 in.46.5 in.
Approach angle44.3°49.7°
Ground Clearance11.9 in.15.9 in.
Departure angle33.7°38.4°
Breakover angle25.4°32.2°
Water fording depth28 in.32 in.
Wall Climb18 in.18 in.
Front Suspension Travel13 in.13 in.
Rear Suspension Travel13 in.13 in.
Official off-road specifications of GMC Hummer EV Pickup.

Ultium Energy Recovery

Ultium Energy Recovery is a standard feature of Ultium-based EVs, including the Hummer EV Pickup. The energy recovery system repurposes the heat from the batteries, power electronics, and other propulsion components. It can reduce battery energy consumption for heating, maximizing the vehicle’s range. Additionally, it increases the charging speed by maintaining the optimal battery temperature. It can also capture and use humidity from the cabin (including body heat from passengers) and outside the vehicle. Conversely, the heat pump is able to precool the propulsion system to enable the circa-3-second 0-60 mph acceleration capability in the “Watts to Freedom” mode.

Production & Sales

GM builds the GMC Hummer EV Pickup at Factory Zero, which it remodeled with a USD 2.2 billion investment to produce electric vehicles. This is the company’s first dedicated EV assembly plant. Formerly the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Center, Factory Zero started rolling out Hummer EV Pickups for customer deliveries in December 2021. The Chevrolet Silverado Electric is also manufactured at this plant, and the GMC Sierra Denali Electric pickup truck will join later in 2024.

It’s been over two years since GM started making the Hummer EV Pickup for customer deliveries. However, the production volume hasn’t normalized, which could be because of a parts shortage. In 2022, the company delivered just 854 units of the electric truck in the U.S. In 2023, it sold just 3,244 units of the Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV combined.

Price & release date

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 featured in this story retails at USD 108,700 (excl. 1,595 destination charge). The GMC Hummer EV Pickup 2X has been priced at USD 96,550 (excl. USD 2,295 destination charge).

Hummer EV Pickup sold for sky-high prices at auctions

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup is among the most desirable electric trucks in the U.S., and the low production volume and long waiting times have made it more exclusive. Electrek reported on April 28, 2022, that a Hummer EV Pickup was sold for USD 255,000 during a dealer auction event in Texas. Another auction on Cars and Bids attracted a price of USD 260,420 for the Edition 1. Moreover, an auction on eBay reportedly had the EV sold for USD 225,000. The demand is such that customers are willing to pay more than double the MSRP.

TopElectricSUV says

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup is one of the most capable electric truck models available today. It’s not very efficient, but it surely is a testament to the fact that EVs can match and even outclass the most extreme internal combustion engine vehicles. Plus, it’s filled to the brim with performance, comfort, and convenience features that collectively make it an impressive full-size truck model.

GMC Hummer EV Pickup FAQs

What is the GMC Hummer EV Pickup release date?

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup is available at U.S. dealerships.

What is the GMC Hummer EV Pickup price?

The prices of the GMC Hummer EV Pickup start at USD 96,550 (excl. USD 2,295 destination charge).

What is the GMC Hummer EV Pickup range?

The GMC Hummer EV Pickup delivers a range of up to 381 miles.