Ever since the truck was first teased at the Super Bowl, the GMC Hummer EV has garnered a lot of attention. Whether it is the tremendous performance figures or the unique off-road features, the reborn nameplate has promised to be a genuine segment leader. It appears we won’t have to wait much longer to find out however, as GM has confirmed that the new Hummer will make its virtual debut on October 20th.
The announcement came earlier today, and signifies the start of GM’s push to release over 20 new EVs by 2023. The GMC Hummer EV was initially slated to make its debut back in May, but like with so many things the coronavirus pandemic had other plans for us. The announcement also says that buyers will be able to place a reservation at the time of virtual debut, through the use of a participating dealer. This tactic of taking reservations on debut night when excitement is at an all time high seems to be playing out well for automakers.
The news comes after General Motors teased us all with some information about the GMC Hummer EV and its Crab Mode capabilities. Specifically catered to off-road customers, this mode allows the truck’s four-wheel steering system to move the vehicle diagonally. A pretty neat feature indeed, and one that may prove useful out on the trails. We also know that the Hummer should arrive with 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 ft-lb of torque, which will be good for 0-60 mph in about three seconds. Power is provided by an 800-volt pack with 350-kWh fast-charging capability, which could give the truck as much as 400 miles of range on a single charge.
With just over a month to go before the debut of the GMC Hummer EV, it’s likely that we’ll continue to get more teasers. This new Hummer is going to be a major stepping stone for GM, as they test their viability in the electric pickup space. Production of the Hummer EV will start in late 2021 at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.