General Motors is quite fond of saying that the GMC Hummer EV is the first super truck we’ve ever seen. And while we’re sure that the folks behind the Ram 1500 TRX might disagree, not even the Hellcat V8-powered truck has the stats to compete with the electric Hummer on paper. With 1,000 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque on tap, the GMC Hummer EV is closer to a Veyron than it is to a Canyon in terms of outright power output. GM’s first electric pickup also promises to provide unrivaled off-road performance, thanks in no small part to its unique e4WD system and air-suspension setup. In order to highlight just how capable this new EV is out on the trails, GMC has just released a short teaser of the truck out for a drive in Moab, Utah.
GM’s First All-Electric Truck
From the very onset of the design process, General Motors knew that they wanted their first electric truck to be a standout off-road performer. The legacy of the Hummer nameplate started with a robust and extremely capable platform, which seems like something that GMC’s engineers took to heart. That undertaking was likely bolstered by the fact that the team behind the truck were fans of off-roading themselves.
“The GMC HUMMER EV was a blank slate that was filled out by a dedicated team of engineers who are hardcore off-road enthusiasts,” said Aaron Pfau, GMC Hummer EV Lead Development Engineer. “Features like One-Pedal Driving, Terrain Mode and Extract Mode result in an absolute off-road beast that will take you to new places.”
GMC Hummer EV: Off-Road Features
This latest clip from Moab isn’t all that long, but it does highlight a few key features of the GMC Hummer EV. For starters, the truck’s 10.1 inches of ground clearance and 13 inches of suspension travel are on full display as it makes its way over some rocky terrain. Of course those figures aren’t static, as the truck’s Adaptive Ride Control suspension allows for some unique tricks. Stick the GMC Hummer EV into Extract Mode, and you’ve now got 15.9 inches of ground clearance to play with. Furthermore, that suspension combined with the e4WD system allows the truck to tackle an 18-inch vertical obstacle, or scale a 60-percent grade forwards or in reverse. That is on display at the end of the clip, when the pickup tackles a very steep rock fixture. It’s impressive to watch, and surely even more impressive to behold from behind the wheel.
GMC also offers customers the chance to option the Extreme Off-Road Package for more capability on the trails. This package sees the standard 22-inch wheels replaced by some smaller 18-inch units, which are wrapped in 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler rubber. The truck was designed to accommodate 37-inch tires however, if you choose to upgrade at home. Customers also receive more underbody armor, as well as the 18-camera UltraVision system. These cameras allow drivers to utilize the “live spotter” function, which helps you to avoid taking damage out on the trails.
While we await for the GMC Hummer EV pickup to make its official sales debut this fall, General Motors appears to be well on their way to creating an exciting offering. For more specific information about the off-road capabilities of the new electric truck, take a peek at the graphic attached down below.