HUMMER EV PHOTOS: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE LATEST TEASER SHOTS

The All-Electric Hummer Pickup Truck And SUV Are Over A Year Away, But Here’s What We Know

Hummer EV Photos
Screenshot of the GMC Hummer EV, enhanced by Muscle Cars & Trucks.

General Motors this morning released a teaser video that provided more 2022 GMC Hummer EV photos that were able to be easily screen-grabbed. After studying them, we have five key takeaways:

Trademark Hummer Proportions

Make no mistake, the all-new Hummer EV family will be huge. These full-sized vehicles will have little  direct competition when they launch, save for niche players such as the Bollinger B1 and B2, as well as the Rivian R1T and R1S, and the Tesla Cybertruck. The 2021 Ford Bronco, while also imposing, will simply play in a space downmarket, as it is smaller and will be more affordable than the Hummer EV. However, we could easily envision customers cross-shopping the 2022 GMC Hummer EV with the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor, as well as the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX.

Hummer EV Photos
Screenshot of the GMC Hummer EV, enhanced by Muscle Cars & Trucks.

A Smaller Pickup Bed

The latest Hummer EV photos show that the pickup truck bodystyle will not have an identically proportionate cargo bed as seen in the T1-platform GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickups. From the teaser image we have, it definitely appears to be shorter. Moreover, the Hummer’s truck bed is not separate from the cab, as is the case with traditional trucks. In the photo below, the shape of the Hummer EV pickup truck will be a unibody-esque design affixed on top of a massive Ultium battery pack system, in lieu of boxed frame rails. This could also point to a lack of body styles down the road, such as a single cab or chassis cab variant for more specialized uses. The cabin appears properly massive, however.

2022 Hummer EV GMC Design

Frunk!

The new Hummer truck and SUV may not appear to have that clever cargo tunnel that Rivian has, but it will at least have a front storage unit in place of an engine up front. From the video, the frunk appears to be nearly as wide as the cabin, and appears to be maybe a foot and a half deep by the wheel arches, but more accommodating closer to the cabin. Perhaps this will compensate for the seeming lack of bed space.

GMC Hummer EV Truck

Full Spares On The Back

The silhouette of the SUV variant of the GMC Hummer EV clearly depicts a full-size spare in the back, while the pickup truck version may have it, as well. In the past, the Hummer H2 SUV also carried a full spare, which was attached to a horizontally-swinging mount. The liftgate itself swung upwards. Meanwhile, the Hummer H3 had a barn-door style rear hatch, like the 2021 Ford Bronco, and could also come with a mounted full spare. It’s unclear at this time as to what form of functionality the liftgate/tailgate of Hummer EV will take, either as a truck or an SUV.

Hummer H3

 

Hummer EV SUV: Later Availability

Pending any further COVID-19 hurdles, the 2022 GMC Hummer BET (Battery Electric Truck) will be revealed this fall, will be able to be reserved this fall, and will begin production by fall 2021. As for the SUV version of the electric Hummer, that remains to be seen. In the disclaimer below the teaser photo at the top of the page, GM states that the Hummer ESUV will have production timing “announced at a later date.”

Hummer EV pickup
Photo via GMC.

Signature Cab Lights

Some of the earlier Hummer EV photos teased cab lights atop the windshield, at the very front of the roofline (pictured above). Early speculation was that these were indicative that the upcoming electric vehicle was so wide and had such a heavy GCVW that it was a requirement to have them. But it’s understood that, as imposing as the electric Hummer will be, these cab lights are by the whim of its design team, and not DOT mandates. The only production Hummer to not feature this design cue was the midsize H3 and its truck version, the H3T.

Adrenaline Mode/Crab Mode

Likely the rival the Tesla Ludicrous Mode, the Hummer EV’s Adrenaline Mode will likely involve faster power discharge to achieve its 3.0-second advertised 0-60 time courtesy of 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 wheel torque. That’s a feat for any automobile. But for something so… huge? That’s like nothing else. Then there’s Crab Mode. Crabs walk sideways. Does this imply that the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will be able to shimmy its massive body to the left and the right when the occasion calls for it? With the likely ability to control the output to the wheels independently, it seems entirely plausible. Is it the rumored answer to the Rivian Tank Turn? Time will tell.

Next-Gen Super Cruise/Ultra Vision Cameras

GM is currently working on the latest and greatest version of its already industry-leading semi autonomous driving system, branded as Super Cruise. Currently available only on select Cadillac products, the latest video confirms that the 2022 Hummer EV will also feature this trick tech. The same goes for the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade that are beginning to launch now. The Ultra-Vision Cameras likely point to a high-resolution camera system that will allow the Hummer EV to display extremely crisp images on the information screens, and will likely supplement the driving experience on everything ranging from parking maneuvers, to semi-autonomous driving, to off-roading.

2022 Hummer EV
2022 GMC Hummer EV with the roof panels removed. Image via GMC

Infinity Roof/Modular Sky Panels

More than anything, these confirmations simply outline that the GM marketing team continues to spend too much time on trying to brand and name every single little item that’s proprietary to the company. The “Infinity Roof” likely points to a Hummer-sized panoramic glass roof, while the “Modular Sky Panels” is simply reference to the removable T-Tops that will allow for an open-air driving experience.

GMC Hummer EV Ultium Battery Pack
The Ultium battery pack system of the Hummer EV on a roller.

Super-Fast Charging

DC Fast Charging on a purely electric vehicle with an estimated range of as much as 400 miles is an absolute necessity. However, with GM’s new Ultium battery technology co-developed with LG-Chem, the 2022 Hummer EV could charge up to 90 percent of its capacity in as little as 10-minutes. That’s nearly achieving parity with a simple gas station fill-up. As for infrastructure parity, well, that’s a different story entirely.

 

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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