The driving range is a vital part of any electric vehicle since it could make or break the vehicle’s sales; no one wants to buy an electric car that will die before they can get it down the driveway. All right, that may be a little dramatic. Still, it’s certainly not a concern for the Hummer EV Edition 1 with 329 miles of range. But due to a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,400 pounds and a curb weight of more than 9,000 pounds, the Hummer EV Edition 1 classifies as a DOT Class 2B truck. This means the EPA doesn’t have to, and won’t test, the range of the vehicle.
Hummer EV Edition 1 Range Is Estimated But Confirmed And Final
Since the Hummer EV Edition 1 falls into the EPA’s heavy-duty truck category, General Motors doesn’t have to list the EPA range or efficiency of its GMC Hummer EV on the window sticker, and the range won’t be on the EPA website. So, where did the 329-mile range come from? According to Green Car Reports, GMC tested and validated the range with EPA test methodology and will be indicated as estimated but confirmed and final. GM did confirm that the Hummer EV Edition 1 is indeed a heavy-duty truck. However, lower trims will be considered light-duty trucks, meaning those will receive an official EPA rating.
The later versions of the Hummer EV with less weight and the sizeable 200-kWh battery pack are still likely to reach the 350+ mile range that GM previously anticipated. Still, 329 tops the 314 and 316-mile range for the Rivian R1T and R1S, although Rivian is working on bringing bigger batteries for those in the future.
Taking a closer look at the Hummer EV Edition 1, it’s pretty clear why it didn’t reach the 350-mile range like GM initially hoped it would achieve. The trim comes with the Extreme Off-Road Package, which adds full underbody skid plates, rocker panels, as well as the added rolling resistance from Goodyear Wrangler Territory 35-inch MT tires. Still, the truck can accelerate from 0-60 in precisely three seconds in the WTF Mode despite the added weight. Like if Jerome Bettis from 2006 was a pickup truck.