If you have missed seeing GM’s oversized Hummers on the roads, the manufacturer has officially brought the vehicle from the land of the dead. This time, the vehicle is less controversial and polarizing as a battery now powers it. GM has begun making actual customer deliveries as it promised to do before the end of the year.
The Edition 1 version of the GMC Hummer EV starts at $110,295. It produces 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque and offers a driving range of 329 miles between charges. GM based the truck on its new modular Ultium platform.
GM is offering features like CrabWalk, which lets the truck sideways at low speed by turning all the wheels at a right angle. This makes maneuvering out of tight spaces more effortless and more intuitive. The ride height can also be increased by six inches, a feature that comes in handy when fording waters or navigating uneven surfaces. However, the Edition 1 version will get this feature through a software update as it will be available from 2023 models upward.
The Hummer EV Edition 1 comes with a performance feature that can launch the vehicles from 0 to 60 mph in about 3 seconds, using the powertrain’s maximum power. It also has Super Cruise, a feature that lets you drive hands-free and change lanes automatically on pre-selected roads.
Despite the high price tag, all the slots for the Edition 1 version have been snapped up. However, you can reserve other trims. These include the Hummer EV 3X, which GM will start delivering later in 2022. It costs $99,995 and has a 300 miles range. The three electric motors output 830 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque.
The Hummer 2X costs less, starting at $89,995. It will come with two electric motors that produce 625 hp and 7,400 lb-ft. Driving range is 300 miles. However, you will have to wait till 2023 if you want to purchase one.
The cheapest Hummer is the EV 2, which starts from $79,995. It has the same electric motor configuration as the 2X but has a shorter range of 250 miles. You will have to wait longer because GM will only start selling it in 2024.
“This is the first chapter for Ultium – and for GM’s transition to a zero-emissions future,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Both commercial and retail customers will benefit from the EV experience, from exhilarating acceleration to low cost of operation, versatility, and ability to customize after the sale. GM is ideally positioned to provide EVs for every customer in every segment, retail or commercial.”
GM recently started delivering the BrightDrop EV600 electric van to FedEx, making the month a pretty busy one for the American automaker. The van is produced by the company’s new spin-off, BrighDrop. It is also based on the Ultium platform and aims to reimagine commercial delivery and logistics. GM said the van is the fastest to move from concept to actual product in the company’s history. A shorter version of the van, the EV400, will come subsequently.
All GM’s Ultium based models will be assembled at its Factory Zero facility in Detroit and Hamtramck, Michigan. They include the Chevrolet Silverado and the recently announced Sierra Denali.
GM continues to expand and reimagine its manufacturing and development footprint, bringing together high-scale vehicle production expertise established over more than a century and passion for becoming a leading technology company.
More than $4 billion has been invested specifically in EV production, and another nearly $5 billion has been spent on battery cell manufacturing targeting at least 140 gigawatt-hours of cell-making capacity in the U.S.
GM’s next Ultium-based vehicle, the Cadillac LYRIQ, is expected to launch as scheduled in the first half of 2022 and will be assembled in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The Chevrolet Silverado EV officially debuts next month at CES.