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A 200 kWh Battery Pack Makes For One Hefty Pickup Truck

The GMC Hummer EV electric truck
Image Via GMC.

The GMC Hummer EV looks to be a genuinely impressive first electric pickup from General Motors. Like the old vehicles from which it draws its name, this new Hummer is all about big numbers and class-leading capabilities. In the case of the Hummer EV Edition 1, it’s got 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque on tap, it has a massive 200 kWh battery pack, and it delivers over 300 miles of range. Combine that with up to 15.9 inches of ground clearance and 13 inches of suspension travel, and the figures truly speak for themselves. As it turns out however, these aren’t the only massive numbers that we can associate with the GMC Hummer EV. Thanks to some new data published by GM-Trucks, we now know the GMC Hummer EV’s official curb weight.

Hummer EV: 9,000+ Pounds Of Pickup

According to GM-Trucks, the GMC Hummer EV pickup truck has a curb weight of 9,046 lbs, or 4.5 tons. If you’re thinking that number sounds incredibly large, you would be correct. That is a stunningly high curb weight for a light-duty truck, or even a larger truck for that matter. The publication noted that a 2022 GMC Sierra 3500 HD with a crew cab, dually axle, and the Duramax diesel engine tips the scales at just 8,355 lbs by comparison. A Hummer H1 carried a curb weight of 8,117 lbs at its heaviest, while the “small” Hummer H3 tipped the scales at just 4,883 lbs. This new electric behemoth has all of these trucks beat by a significant margin.

That curb weight also means that the new electric truck is likely to carry a GVWR rating of 10,400 lbs, which would firmly make it a Class 3 commercial medium duty truck in the eyes of the US Department of Transportation.

A GMC spokesperson went on to confirm the numbers, while adding:

“The GMC HUMMER EV – the world’s first all-electric super truck – has unmatched super capabilities, all in a zero emissions package.  With specs like 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb.-ft. of torque and a blistering 0-60mph time of 3-seconds, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup is bound to shatter expectations of what an electric vehicle can do.”

MC&T first reported in November 2020 that the GMC Hummer EV could encroach on medium duty commercial vehicle weight classes, while engineers clarified there will be “multiple GVWR weight classes” of the supersized electric vehicle.

Hummer EV's Ultium Battery Pack designed by General Motors and LG Chem
Image Via GMC.

While it may seem shocking that the GMC Hummer EV is that hefty, there is really a simple reason behind it. Electric vehicle battery packs are extremely heavy bits of kit. The Cadillac Lyriq for example is a much smaller vehicle than the Hummer EV, and yet it still weighs in at a portly 5,600+ lbs. That car has an Ultium battery pack half the size of the one in the GMC Hummer EV, whose 200 kWh capacity is the largest on the market right now. That battery also plays a big part in the Hummer’s high asking price, as making a battery that size is an expensive venture for automakers.

Overweight For Off-Roading?

Even before this data came out, we all knew that the GMC Hummer EV would have a heavy curb weight. That said, it does make one wonder what this thing is going to feel like off-road, or how the tires will behave with so much weight to support. It’s going to have some sort of impact on the trails, whether that be a good or a bad thing. Regardless, we’re glad this thing has 1,000 horsepower to move around the mass of almost four Mazda Miata roadsters.

2022 GMC Hummer EV GM BT1 Platform
Image Via GMC.

Written by Lucas Bell

Lucas holds a journalism degree from Wayne State University, and is a Automotive Press Association scholarship recipient. While an American muscle fan through and through, he once wrote a fascinating comparison review about eScooters.

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