Saturday, December 4, 2021

GM’s New Electric Hummer can Drive Diagonally, with 300 Miles of Range

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Hummer’s electric pickup truck will now be available in an Electric Vehicle (EV) version, which will have a range of up to 300 miles and will sell for a suggested retail price of up to $110,595 for its first edition. Reservations for that model are already full, according to General Motors’ (GM) website.

GMC brand, which is under GM, is producing electric Hummers. GM said the SUV will go into production starting early 2023, with lower-end variants starting at $90,000 and $80,000 starting production in the spring of 2023 and the spring of 2024, respectively. 

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Image: The Verge

The SUV’s $90K-and-up trim levels come with Crab Walk, which like the original pickup can let the Hummer rotate all four wheels to drive diagonally at low speeds. Extract Mode will also be available, which can use the air suspension system to lift the entire vehicle six inches off the ground to get over large obstacles. It’s also got the same touchscreen center console display of 13.4-inch and digital instrument cluster of 12.3-inch.

hummer ev suv trim levels
Hummer EV SUV trim levels; you can find a more detailed comparo at GM’s site.

In 2010, the boxy behemoth Hummer had become a symbol for pre-financial-crisis excess that was made famous by its presence in television shows like The Sopranos and Entourage and in rap music videos. But once the global recession hit, followed by a rise in fuel prices, Hummer sales dropped and the vehicle was discontinued.

GM’s $27 billion push into EVs includes the release of 30 new vehicles by 2025 with the Hummer being a cornerstone.

GM’s new modular electric battery platform, Ultium, will power both the Hummers, the cars will be the first using this tech, which the company says will deliver power ranging from 50 to 200 kWh, allowing for a driving range up to “400 miles or more.” For trucks, according to The Verge, “the Ultium platform will include 800-volt battery packs and 350 kW fast-charging capability, equivalent to a 100-mile charge in 10 minutes.”  While for the SUV, “fast charging is limited to 300 kW, and with 170 fewer horsepower at top-spec, you’re also looking at 3.5 seconds to go from 0-60, rather than a flat 3.0 seconds.”

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The second-gen version of GM’s advanced driver assists system, Super Cruise, will also be featured in the vehicles, which allows for “hands-free” highway driving.


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