Wednesday, October 21, 2020

An Old Personality in a New Charge: The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV

Photo Credit: General Motors


Part of General Motors’ christening for their new electric vehicle lineup supported by new Ultium battery technology is being parted by two high-performance, high-style sport utility models. The Cadillac LYRIQ was unwrapped this summer but a second vehicle was teased since the beginning of 2020. Introduced in disguise in a commercial during the 2020 Super Bowl, the GMC brand would reintroduce a name equally famous for extreme off-roading prowess as it was for high fuel consumption. Although revived as a highly-capable modern off-roader, the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV will shed the gas-guzzling image of its ancestors.      

An all-electric super truck measuring 216.8 inches (5,507 millimeters) in total length, the GMC HUMMER EV is a radical four-door multi-terrain vehicle reaching peaks gasoline-powered vehicles will observe with awe. Operating on a three-motor e4WD drive system, the HUMMER EV’s maximum collective propulsion output is 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque (a lower output model as well as a two-motor HUMMER EV model will also be available). On a straight, paved path, the powertrain can launch the bold utility vehicle from 0 to 60 miles per hour (0 to 97 kilometers per hour) in roughly 3 seconds. The HUMMER EV’s energy supply is an Ultium 24-module, double-stacked battery pack. According to General Motors, the fully electric truck can reach a maximum range of 560 kilometers (350 miles). The Ultium battery pack can be replenished using publicly-located, 800-volt DC fast chargers that can provide drivers with 160 kilometers of driving range after a 10-minute charge. 


Photo Credit: General Motors


Quick on roads, the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV’s electrified performance is truly meant to be showcased in off-roading. Standard equipped with 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, the HUMMER EV is designed to athletically battle off-roading challenges. An adaptive air suspension system available on the vehicle can be adjusted by up to 6 inches (using the available Extract Mode) aiding the vehicle as it works to conquer uneven, rocky and even shallow bodies of  water. Inclusion of Extract Mode with the HUMMER EV allows for a maximum approach angle of 49.7 degrees and a departure angle of 38.4 degrees. Under certain driving conditions, the suspension system will also automatically lower the ride height of the truck by two inches to aid aerodynamic flow. 

Protected by strong steel plates, the underside of the GMC HUMMER EV handles fierce off-roading terrain with advanced technologies. UltraVision, consisting of up to 18 camera views, includes underbody cameras at the front and rear acting as electronic eyes when travelling over rocks and other obstacles. Operating on a 135.6-inch (3,445 millimeters) wheelbase, the HUMMER EV shadows the road with a 10.1 inches (257 millimeters) of ground clearance.

In addition to the adaptive air suspension system, the 2022 HUMMER EV truck features a wide amount of technologies for drivers to adapt for on-road and off-road travel. Helping the sizable GMC HUMMER EV manoeuver is a 4 Wheel Steer system. While decreasing the vehicle’s stable turning circle, the four-wheel steering technology is also equipped with a feature called CrabWalk. CrabWalk on the HUMMER EV permits all four wheels to turn to the same direction. 

Going on sale the 2022 model year, the GMC HUMMER EV will debut with an Edition 1 trim. The HUMMER EV Edition 1 will be first to show a unique premium equipment group for the exterior and interior. A 13.4-inch diagonal infotainment screen, 14-speaker Bose audio system, power rear drop glass window, power tonneau cover and a configurable MultiPro tailgate will all be included on the fully electric truck. The 2022 HUMMER EV will also include General Motors’ Super Cruise driving assist technology allowing for moments of hands-free driving for motorists.


Photo Credit: General Motors



Another key feature on the GMC HUMMER EV is the Infinity Roof where available transparent roof panels can be removed and stored inside a front compartment (so-called a frunk). Adhering to a muscular off-roading experience, the 2022 HUMMER EV’s outer appearance employs a mostly upright windshield and massive wheel arches. Headlights and the six-bar vertical front grille are assembled in a trademark-defining style. As well as providing excellent nighttime lighting, the illuminated HUMMER front end features animated elements when the driver walks away from the vehicle or for when the truck is being charged. 


Photo Credit: General Motors


Canadian availability for the GMC HUMMER EV is slated for the fall of 2022. Pricing for the HUMMER EV in Canada is not currently provided by General Motors but the price for the upcoming vehicle’s trim levels has been posted for the United States market. Arriving first, the well-loaded GMC HUMMER EV Edition 1 has a starting sale price of $112,595 US. Only available for the United States, reservations for the initial Edition 1 trim of the fully electric vehicle have already been filled ahead of a fall 2021 release.

Three additional variants of the HUMMER EV are planned over several years. Equipped with the same power unit as the Edition 1, the GMC HUMMER EV3X has an estimated starting price of $99,995 US for when sale is slated for fall of 2022. GMC also plans a two-motor version of the electric truck generating 625 horsepower and 7,400 lb.-ft. of torque that will be offered to customers in the spring of 2023. With an estimated 300-mile range, the HUMMER EV2X wears a projected price tag of $89,995 US. A base HUMMER EV2 is planned to be sold in spring of 2024 for $79,995 US coming with high-end features including HD Surround Vision, Infinity Roof and Super Cruise.

The GMC HUMMER EV is joining what will be a stacked market of all-electric trucks. In the next few years, customers will have the choice of a fully-electric versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150, the Tesla Cybertruck as well as the Rivian R1T.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.