Update: ‘GM ramping up Hummer production’ sub-section of the ‘Price & Release Date’ updated.
GMC resurrected the Hummer brand with the new Hummer EV SUV and pickup models. The Hummer brand, which was popular in the 2000s for its oversized gas-guzzling SUVs, went defunct in 2010 because of plummeting sales in the U.S. market. Increasing environmental concerns among car buyers exacerbated the situation — the H2 and H3 SUVs were infamous for their poor fuel efficiency.
Unlike its predecessors, the GMC Hummer EV SUV is a zero-emissions vehicle and offers ground-breaking technology. GMC has ensured that the Hummer EV SUV sports the original SUVs’ appeal — the EV is enormous and boasts cutting-edge off-road equipment. Customers might be intimidated by the size, but the Hummer EV SUV sports excellent maneuverability thanks to first-in-class features like CrabWalk and Extract Mode.
Here’s everything we know about the GMC Hummer EV SUV:
Thanks to its large dimensions and beefy proportions, the Hummer EV SUV’s design harks back to the original Hummer road cars from the 2000s. The bonnet is muscular, and there are three ID (identification) lights mounted on the roof, at the edge of the windshields (front and rear) — these are mandated by the government for extremely wide vehicles for improved visibility in the dark. The bumper has a large skid plate and two tow hooks.
Triple wiper system
What’s also unique is the Hummer EV SUV’s 3-wiper set-up. With its 2,380 mm width (with mirrors) and an upright windshield, a conventional set of two wipers cannot cover the glass area. Hence, GMC engineered a unique 3-wiper set-up.
A striking element upfront is the full-width front light panel with many intricate elements. The Hummer lettering is embossed onto this panel. The unit also has animated turn indicators like on modern Audis. When the vehicle is charging, the entire light panel doubles up as a charging status display with tiny blue dots indicating the charging status. The LED headlamps are housed in the bumper.
35-inch dia wheels
Except for the entry-level EV2 variant (we’ll get to that in the Specifications section), all variants get 22-inch alloys wrapped around Goodyear all-terrain tires with 35-inch O.D. (overall diameter). The side profile is muscular with squared-off wheel arches. The C-pillar is thick and separates the front and rear windows from the rear quarter glass. Hummer has gone overboard with badging. According to MKBHD, there are 32 Hummer EV branding logos on the interior and exterior of the SUV.
At the rear of the electric SUV, there’s a sideways opening tailgate with a spare wheel mounted on it. The tailgate opens electrically like a vault, wider than the vehicle. This allows a 48-inch aperture designed to comfortably load large equipment onto the boot. The spare tire mount houses a camera to assist with reversing and helps with trailer alignment. Speaking of trailers, the rear also gets two tow hooks.
The rugged appeal is carried over to the cabin with a rectangular theme. The dashboard dons a large rectangular 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers Bluetooth, smartphone, and USB connectivity. A slightly smaller 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster sits in the driver’s view, providing a wealth of information, including vehicle performance, off-road statistics, driver awareness, and trail mapping projection from the myGMC app.
The rectangular theme is amplified by the air vents, door trim design, dashboard, and center console, all house rectangular-shaped elements. Below the central touchscreen is a small horizontal display of the climate settings, and further below are physical buttons to alter the HVAC functions. The center console also has a rotary dial to switch between the drive modes and raise or lower the ride height.
On the inside, there’s a similar five-seat layout. Despite being over 500 mm shorter than the Hummer EV Pickup, the SUV offers a large cargo area of 2,316 liters (81.8 cubic feet). The floor becomes flat with the rear seats folded, so heavy equipment remains unobstructed while sliding into the boot. Additionally, there’s a storage space under the load floor, another into the side trim, and even the rear seat backrests have hidden storage areas.
Lunar Shadow interior trim
GMC has showcased how proud it is of the Hummer’s American roots. There’s a subtle American flag on the B-pillar. On the inside, the Edition 1 variant gets a Lunar Shadow theme with a topographical map of the moon all over the EV’s floor. This map is seen in the trunk, floor pads, and the speaker grille. The graphic on the speaker stands out as it shows the Sea of Tranquility and a boot print symbolizing the first human footstep set on the moon.
Infinity roof and Sky panels
The EV can transition from appearing like an army vehicle to a lifestyle SUV thanks to the retractable roofs. The standard ‘Infinity roof’ features removable ‘Sky panels’ that can be manually removed with just a few simple clicks. The powered frunk is large enough to store the removed roof panels comfortably. According to the brand’s press release, GMC Hummer EV SUV customers are likely to be adventurous, so they must enjoy the outdoors.
The Hummer EV SUV is based on the GM’s latest Ultium EV architecture. Electric Hummer EV’s chief engineer Al Oppenheiser said that the EV’s underbody protects the battery and supports the structure. The battery pack is a structural element and not an add-on feature. This enables a unique combination of off-road capability and excellent on-road performance, according to Oppenheiser.
On April 17, 2022, GM Authority reported that the chassis (BT1 platform) of the Hummer EV SUV and other upcoming GM electric vehicles is neither a body-on-frame nor a monocoque. In an interview, Nichole Kraatz, GM Chief Engineer, Battery Electric Trucks, told GM Authority that the body has the floor; even though the battery is a structural element, it gets connected after the body exits the body shaft.
The term used by Kraatz was ‘UltiBody’ until a proper name was assigned to this platform. The BT1 underpins GM electric vehicles like the Hummer EV, Electric Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra EV (electric truck), and the upcoming Cadillac Escalade Electric.
11,500 lb-ft of torque
The GMC Hummer EV is available in 5 five variants with either a dual-motor or a tri-motor set-up. Customers can have the SUV with a 16-module battery or a larger 20-module unit. The dual-motor configuration produces 625 hp and 7,400 lb-ft. The tri-motor set-up produces 830 hp and a whopping 11,500 lb-ft.
The standard-range battery pack provides 250 miles of range while the extended-range battery pack promises over 300 miles on a single charge, claims GMC. EPA filings have revealed 329 miles as the combined range of Edition 1, according to Car and Driver’s February 15 report. A similar range can be expected on the GMC Hummer SUV, as they share the same battery pack. However, expect lower variants have more range compared to Edition 1.
GMC claims the SUV can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.5 seconds by enabling the WTF (Watts to Freedom) mode, which is GMC speak for launch control. That’s despite tipping scales at 9,063 pounds, of which 2,923 pounds is the weight of the battery alone, according to the EPA filings. Car and Driver says the usable battery size of the Hummer EV is 200 kWh, which is significantly more than the Rivian R1T (129 kWh usable) and the Ford F-150 Lightning (131 kWh usable).
Although, it’s easy to be misled by the torque figure, which relates to the motor torque produced at the wheel, multiplied by the transmission’s drive ratio. Generally, EVs have a drive reduction ratio of 8:1, so the torque multiplied by the transmission is higher. By this logic, 11,500 lb-ft translates to around 1,400 lb-ft (1,900 Nm), which sounds like a more accurate figure than GMC claimed.
Ultium Energy Recovery
One of the Hummer EV SUV’s key efficiency features is Ultium Energy Recovery, a system that reuses waste energy to improve range and performance. The patented heat pump recovers the heat that the electric SUV’s batteries, power electronics, and other components produce and stores it. It can capture and use humidity from both inside and outside the vehicle as well, even the passengers’ body heat. This heat can then become useful to heat the cabin faster in cold weather and preheat the battery to charge more efficiently. Moreover, energy recovery can precool the propulsion system to enable the Watts to Freedom mode.
|Hummer EV SUV Variant||EV2||EV2X||EV3X||Edition 1||Edition 1|
|Range (miles)||250+||300+||300+||329 (EPA estimate)||280+|
|Battery size||TBA||200 kWh||200 kWh||200 kWh||200 kWh|
|DC fast charging||400v||800v||800v||800v||800v|
|Optional kit||20-module battery, DCFC, and 300+ range||Off-road package||Off-road package|
The Hummer EV SUV is nearly 5 meters long, over 2.1 meters wide, and has a massive 406 mm (16 inches) ground clearance. The front and rear overhangs are relatively short and combined with the high ground clearance; the EV gets an approach angle of 49.6 degrees, a departure angle of 49 degrees (sans spare tire), and a break-over angle of 34.4 degrees. Water fording capability is 813 mm (32 inches), while suspension travel is 330 mm (13 inches). This should enable the GMC Hummer EV SUV to reach the farthest end of any off-road trail.
|Hummer EV SUV aspect||Value|
|Wheelbase (in. / mm)||126.7 / 3,218|
|Vehicle length w/o spare (in. / mm)||196.8 / 4,999.5|
|Width w/o mirrors (in. / mm)||86.5 / 2,196|
|Width w/ mirrors (in. / mm)||93.7 / 2,380|
|Max ground clearance (in. / mm)||16.0 / 406|
|Front overhang (in. / mm)||34.7 / 881|
|Rear overhang w/o spare (in. / mm)||35.5/ 900.5|
|Max approach angle^ (deg.)||49.6|
|Max departure angle^ w/o spare (deg.)||49.0|
|Max breakover angle^ (deg.)||34.4|
|Max water fording depth^ (in. / mm)||32 / 813|
|Track width (in. / mm)||73.3 / 1,863 (front and rear)|
|Turning circle, with available 4 Wheel Steer (ft. / m)||35.4 / 10.8|
|Suspension travel (in. / mm)||13 / 330 (front and rear)|
How it compares with the Hummer EV Pickup
Even though the Hummer EV pickup and the Hummer EV SUV share the same platform and have an identical nose, there are some distinctions in performance and range. Electric motors on the Edition 1 variant of the pickup produce 1,000 hp, while the SUV has been tuned for 830 hp on top variants and 625 hp on lower variants. The acceleration times differ; the 830 hp pickup sprints to 60 mph in 3 seconds, while the SUV takes 0.5 seconds longer. The official website confirms a 14 percent lower range for the SUV (300 miles, as opposed to the pickup’s 350 miles).
While off-road prowess is near-identical, the departure and break-over angles are different. The SUV’s departure angle without the spare tire is 49 degrees, while the breakover angle is 34.4 degrees. On the Hummer EV Pickup, the departure angle is 38.4 degrees, while the breakover angle is 32.2 degrees in the Extract Mode, which raises the ride height to its maximum level. The pickup is also 20 inches longer than the SUV, thanks to the bed.
The Hummer EV SUV’s feature list makes it stand out from the competition. For starters, the Hummer EV gets 4-wheel-steering, which gives the 5-meter-long SUV a turning radius of just 10.8 meters — less than that of the Ford Mustang Mach-E. This feature, however, isn’t available on the base EV2 variant.
Thanks to the Digital Key, the Hummer EV can detect nearby owners. The system detects if the owner’s smartphone is nearby and enables passive operations like lighting and unlocking. Additionally, there’s top drawer technology on offer. The 13.4-inch infotainment can be used to monitor energy use, set up charging schedules, and look at battery temperature via the Energy App.
The driver’s display showcases off-roading details like performance readouts, ride height information, TPMS, compass readings, pitch and roll status, and more. The Hummer EV SUV also gets a Bose sound system, driver’s seat with haptic feedback, and highly customizable screens for an immersive driving experience.
There’s also ‘My Mode,’ which helps the driver personalize the suspension, steering, acceleration, and sound settings according to their needs.
Drives diagonally with CrabWalk
The 2X, 3X, and Edition 1 variants get 4-wheel-steering as standard and get the CrabWalk function, which allows the vehicle to drive diagonally to get past tight spaces. The variants also feature the Extract Mode feature, which raises the adaptive air suspension to its maximum ride height to help it drive over large obstacles. Another standard feature across variants includes Super Cruise, an ADAS feature that allows autonomous driving with support for over 200,000 miles of recorded roads.
Extreme Off-road Package
Buyers can also have the Edition 1 with the optional Extreme Off-road Package that adds 18-inch wheels wrapped around 35-inch OD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires. The kit also adds underbody armor to protect the battery from harsh off-road conditions, rock sliders mounted under the side body that help the vehicle slide off large rocks and protect the paint, underbody cameras with washers, front eLocker, and rear virtual lockers, and heavy-duty ball-spline half-shafts that improve wheel articulation during extreme off-roading.
Power Station generator & e4WD
The Edition 1 also gets what GMC calls the Power Station generator. The Hummer EV SUV’s battery can be used for various purposes, including jump-starting another vehicle and powering external devices and accessories at 120 v, 25 A, or 3 W. On the 3X and the Edition 1 variants, e4WD with torque vectoring is available, which manages torque distribution between the wheels for maximum grip through tricky surfaces.
Off-road Trail Mapping
The Hummer EV SUV owners get an updated version of the myGMC smartphone app, a new off-road trail mapping feature. The app is meant to make off-road driving easy as it helps plan and navigate off-road drives, helps locate charging stations near the trails, and provides real-time power consumption information. If the trails are not under the network coverage area, the route plans can be downloaded and used as offline maps using the SUV’s central touchscreen.
Price & Release Date
Production of the Hummer EV SUV Edition 1 and Edition 1 with the Off-road package will begin by early 2023. The Edition 1 is priced at USD 105,595. The EV2X and the EV3X variants will be available from Spring 2023 onwards, while the base EV2 variant will only be available two years from now, in the U.S. by Spring 2024.
Reservations for the Edition 1 grade are full. The 2, 2X, and 3X grades are available to reserve, but they received a price hike of USD 4,655 on June 18, 2022, due to “the increase in the price of commodity parts, technology, and logistics.” Customers who placed their reservations until June 17, 2022, will get their Hummer EV SUV at the original prices, GM has confirmed.
|Trim||Latest Price||Original Price||Availability|
|Hummer EV2 SUV||USD 84,650||USD 79,995||Spring 2024|
|Hummer EV2X SUV||USD 94,650||USD 89,995||Spring 2023|
|Hummer EV3X SUV||USD 104,650||USD 99,995||Spring 2023|
|Hummer EV Edition 1 SUV||USD 105,595||USD 105,595||Early 2023|
|Hummer EV Edition 1 SUV (Off-road package)||USD 110,595||USD 110,595||Early 2023|
GM ramping up Hummer production
In February 2022, Reuters reported that GM plans to increase Hummer EV pickup production to 21,000 units this year, which is nearly six times what was initially promised. GM has confirmed to Reuters that it would manufacture 400,000 EVs in North America during the course of 2022 and 2023, hinting at an impressive customer response for its upcoming EVs.
Sales data indicates that GM is nowhere near its ambitious production goal of making tens of thousands of Hummer EVs. The company sold 371 units of the Hummer EV Pickup in the U.S. in the first half of 2022. On June 30, 2022, The Wall Street Journal reported that GM was making just about 12 units a day. A GM spokesman said that the deliveries could grow to thousands later in 2022.
“We now have more than 70,000 reservations for the (Hummer) pickup and SUV models, and we are accelerating production through 2022 and into 2023,” Barra said during the General Motors Q1 2022 earnings call on April 26, 2022. As of June 17, 2022, there were more than 77,500 Hummer reservations. Barra said during the company’s Q2 2022 earnings call on July 26, 2022, that 75% of reservation holders were new to GMC, and many of them are from Texas, California, and Florida.
The company debuted the commercial showing the Hummer EV Pickup’s CrabWalk feature with LeBron James during the NBA All-Star Game in February 2022. Then there was an ad with James narrating and the Hummer EV SUV’s performance and specs being shown, which aired during the NCAA college basketball tournament. The ad campaign has worked great for GM, and March 2022 was the best month for Hummer EV reservations since the SUV version’s unveil.
According to GMC Global VP Duncan Aldred, reservations for the Hummer EV are higher than expected, says a report from CNBC. What’s more interesting is that 95% of the reservations for the pickup version are converting into confirmed orders. That figure is also much higher than expected. Aldred has told CNBC that the production of the Hummer EV is slightly ahead of plan.
A sizeable chunk of the reservations was for the pickup initially, because they opened much earlier, but newer reservations are showing an even split between the pickup and SUV, Hummer’s assistant marketing manager Megan Hart said.
6,000 orders in Canada
The Hummer EV SUV has sparked interest in the U.S. and Canada as well. GM Canada has received 6,000 orders for the Hummer EV SUV, reported GM Authority on May 3, 2022. The order book is expected to expand in the coming months—ahead of the SUV’s official arrival in Canada. GM will not sell the pickup in Canada, leaving Hummer EV customers with the SUV as their only option. Moreover, the Hummer EV SUV First Edition has been sold out, so customers will have to opt for lower trims.
Showcased at SEMA 2021
The GMC Hummer EV SUV was showcased in Moonshot Green Matte paint, the exclusive color for the Edition 1 variant, at the 2021 SEMA show (November 2021). The SUV appeared rather large compared to other vehicles showcased at SEMA. The show car was stood on 22-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear all-terrain tires. The display model also featured the Lunar Shadow theme with a topographical map of the moon in the cabin.
At the 2021 SEMA show, GMC also showcased a range of accessories for the Hummer EV. GMC says the comprehensive list of optional kits amounts to 200 products, giving customers a great range of items to choose from. GMC showcased the accessories for the Hummer EV pickup. Still, it is likely; the SUV can also be equipped with non-bed-related items. You can view the walkaround video on Parts Counter Gurus (via Youtube).
Hummer may offer the following equipment on the SUV optionally:
- Roof Cross Rail Package
- Roof-top tent and crossbar mounts
- 50-inch roof-mounted off-road light bar
- Battery-powered refrigerator
- Off-road recovery kit
- Front off-road auxiliary lights
- Hummer EV Emblems in Tech Bronze
- 18-inch Tech Bronze Wheels
- All-weather eTrunk with vertical cargo net
- Outside rearview mirror projection lights
- Interior Ambient footwell lighting
- Sky convertible top
- Front center console lockable storage
- Under-seat organizer and I-Bar storage
GMC Hummer EV SUV FAQs
What is the GMC Hummer EV SUV release date?
Customer deliveries of the Electric Hummer SUV are slated for early 2023 in the U.S.
What is the GMC Hummer EV SUV price?
The base electric Hummer SUV price starts at $79,995 (2024 model) and tops out at $110,995.
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