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2022 GMC Hummer EV First Look

GMC just unveiled the new all-electric Hummer EV. Like Ford did with the new Bronco, GMC leads with a top-of-the-line, nicely equipped (and perhaps future collectible) premium launch version of the truck, the Hummer EV Edition 1. This Hummer is an all-new, all-electric, full-size luxury pickup with real-truck abilities, like towing, off-road features and skills, and an extended driving range.

One big headline: The Hummer EV will have Super Cruise, which means true hands-free driving on mapped roads, of which there are currently 200,000 miles in the U.S.

What’s New for 2022?

Everything is new. Although the Hummer name is familiar to some, this is nothing like the H2, H3, or even the legitimately tough, military-grade H1. The GMC Hummer EV is an all-new truck.

What We Like

  • Air suspension
  • 4-wheel steer with CrabWalk diagonal drive functionality
  • 3-motor system
  • 800 volt D.C. fast-charging capability expected
  • Super Cruise – G.M.’s truly hands-free driving capability pioneered by Cadillac
  • Transparent roof with removable panels – basically a convertible pickup
  • Multi-pro tailgate like on the GMC Sierra
  • 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60 mph in three seconds
  • It’s big

What We Don’t

  • It’s big

How Much?

$80,000 – $112,595 including destination fee

Fuel Economy

The estimated driving range is 350 miles. GMC says the Hummer EV will have “800-volt D.C. fast-charging capability.” Expect the Hummer EV Edition 1 to have industry-best charging capability at any new 350-kilowatt high-output public D.C. fast-charging stations — the fastest method supported by current charging. 

Standard Features and Options

Standard equipment on all, including Edition 1, includes Super Cruise capability with three years of service, UltraVision with High Definition Surround Vision, Digital Key, 35-inch-OD tires, Infinity Roof (with removable panels), power rear drop glass, and a six-function MultiPro Tailgate.

V.P. of Global Buick and GMC Duncan Aldred said, “The GMC HUMMER EV is revolutionary, defying what the industry thinks of as a pickup truck. The Edition 1’s tailored off-road content will make HUMMER EV’s unprecedented capability and zero-emissions a very special proposition for customers.”

Hummer EV2 (available 2024) will be just over $80,000 and features a 2-motor drive system and all other standard features.

Hummer EV2X (available 2023) will be just over $90,000 and adds adaptive air suspension, CrabWalk, and Extract mode.

Hummer EV3X (available 2022) will be just over $100,000 and adds the three-motor drive system, torque vectoring, and Watts to Freedom – a sort of launch mode that allows maximum acceleration resulting in an estimated (by G.M.) 0-60 time of three seconds.

Where is the Hummer EV built?

G.M. says, “The Hummer EV will be the first full-electric vehicle in GMC’s portfolio and is powered by General Motors’ new Ultium battery system. The battery cells will be produced as part of a joint venture with L.G. Chem, at a new facility, in Lordstown, Ohio.”

GMC will build the Hummer EV in General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, recently rechristened “Factory Zero.” This facility, which produced the 2020 Cadillac CT6 and 2020 Chevrolet Impala, will now assemble electric vehicles exclusively.

What’s It Like to Drive the Hummer EV?

GMC has pulled a rabbit out of its hat with this one. The Hummer EV is everything you think it shouldn’t be, and yet everything it should be all at the same time. First, it feels like a Hummer. It almost feels as if there were a group of former Hummer engineers waiting around for this opportunity. It feels big, and it is big. The basis for the HummerEV is an impressive-looking platform that incorporates the batteries and some fairly beefy suspension.

From behind the wheel of the Edition 1, the Hummer EV conquers off-road trails with ease. It feels like a Jeep Wrangler in terms of ability, but it is significantly larger than a Wrangler. Is that good for off-roading? Probably not, most of the time. However, with the extreme off-road package, there seems to be little the Hummer EV can’t do. One thing improving maneuverability is the 4-wheel steering system. When negotiating a tight corner, the Hummer’s length seems like it will be an issue. But then the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction. There’s almost an art to being able to wag the Hummer’s rear-end while darting through chest-high underbrush on a narrow trail. Rear-wheel steering seems like an intriguing option, but it feels like a necessity if you go off-road frequently. With 4-wheel steering, the Hummer EV’s turning circle is 37.1 feet. For comparison, that’s about the same as the much smaller GMC Terrain.

On pavement, the HummerEV is smooth and powerful. One of the reasons people like Tesla vehicles so much is that they have almost limitless power. The HummerEV is like that. Acceleration is impressive, and there’s a good deal of stopping power. Suburban parking lots feel small, but the electric Hummer is still manageable around town. There’s very little noise inside. However, you can hear the mechanical motors and gears working. It’s not intrusive. Instead, it kind of adds to the allure of the HummerEV.

How Does Super Cruise Work?

Super Cruise is a modern marvel. It does what other so-called “self-driving” systems claim to do. In short, it allows for hands-free driving for long distances. The only “but” is you have to be on one of the mapped roads saved into the system. Super Cruise can even change lanes automatically to maintain your chosen speed. If you have your cruise control speed set to 75 mph and there’s a slower car ahead of you, AND there’s an open lane, Super Cruise will signal and automatically change lanes to go around that slower vehicle. One thing it does not do is follow your set navigation destination. On one occasion, Super Cruise automatically moved me to the left lane to get around a slower car, but the exit I wanted was less than a mile away. I missed my exit. Thankfully, you can turn the lane-change feature on or off, depending on your preference.

What is the Hummer EV’s Max Towing Capacity?

11,000 lbs.

What Kind of Off-Road Equipment Will the Hummer EV Edition 1 Have?

GMC says the Edition 1 will come with the following features and hardware:

  • Independent front and rear suspension systems — Paired with the drive motors. 
  • Front e-Locker — An electronically controlled, driver-selectable locking differential that locks both front wheels.
  • Rear virtual locker — Simulates a locking differential for the dual-motor rear-drive unit. This system can also perform torque vectoring, which can vary the torque sent to each wheel.
  • Heavy-duty ball-spline half-shafts – This maximizes axle articulation for maneuverability and reduces steering wheel feedback in off-road driving.  
  • Standard 18-inch wheels with 35-inchOD Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires – Provide exceptional maneuverability with the Hummer EV’s unprecedented off-road capability. Additionally, the vehicle is engineered to accommodate 37-inch tires.
  • Underbody armor — Five skid plates/rock sliders and two underbody shields protect the battery pack, drive units, and more.
  • UltraVision – Includes 18 cameras mounted outside and under the truck. Part of this system is a “virtual spotter,” which helps drivers navigate obstacles and place wheels on and off the trail. The underbody cameras are protected to minimize or avoid damage and have a wash function. 

Brian Moody
Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written... Read More about Brian Moody

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