Hummer’s transformation from a one standalone, now dead gas-guzzling brand to an electric GMC truck has been unfolding over the past few months. The new Hummer EV is going into battle with a number of upcoming electric trucks, like the Tesla Cybertruck, Rivian R1T, and electric F-150. Now, we have new information about the Hummer before its debut.
GM revealed a host of new EV details at their “EV Days” event, including some on the Hummer. Firstly, the Hummer will feature a removable targa top. The roof will have 4 separate removable roof panels, two in front and back. The panels will have a set storage compartment in the front truck, available due to the lack of engine up front. That said, we aren’t sure if the targa top will be standard, or an option. The Hummer EV is also said to be of similar size to the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500, not the heavy duty trucks, despite the cab lights.
Moreover, the Hummer EV will also come to market as a full-size SUV, which is wildly appropriate for the revived brand.
GM will also feature the latest battery cells in the Hummer. They’re branded as the “Ultium” lineup of batteries, developed by the automaker itself. The batteries use a minimal amount of cobalt, a rare earth mineral that’s drawn attention as being mined from conflict zones throughout Africa. Automakers have collectively banded to either minimize use of conflict minerals where possible, while some have worked to remove, or reduce, the element from their battery cells altogether.
Utlium is also the name of a horse food.
The standard battery is a 400-volt, 200-kilowatt fast-charging pack, but the Hummer will get something bigger. The Hummer, and other possible GM EV trucks, will get an 800 volt pack capable of 350 kilowatt fast charging. This will power a three-motor powertrain, giving the Hummer an output of 1,000 HP and 11,500 lb-ft of torque. The Hummer will be stupid fast for something so big also, hitting 0-60 mph in only 3.0 seconds. It’s expected to be priced at, if not near, $100,000.
Information about the interior gives more clues to the Hummer’s market position. Although not much is known, it will have a tough, industrial interior along the lines of a Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler. This means GM may position the Hummer EV as a Jeep Gladiator alternative. Automakers putting EV’s in the same category as gas powered cars is huge, proving that EV’s are here to stay. Customers will eventually look at EV’s as just another powertrain option, rather than looking at it specifically as an EV. The same applies for the Hummer if buyers cross shop it with standard, gas pickups too.
Overall, the Hummer EV is shaping up to be one of the most exciting launches of the year. The Hamtramck, Detroit based plant will produce the Hummer alongside a Cadillac EV SUV called the Lyriq. Stay tuned for more information, especially its upcoming May 20th reveal.