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SUV or pickup? The electric GMC Hummer now comes in two supertruck flavors

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And though it has a less controversial design, it might even be more exciting than the Tesla Cybertruck. It’s greener than the original Hummer, but has attitude in spades

The Hummer is back, but perhaps not as you remember it. GMC announced the new Hummer EV SUV last weekend, joining the Hummer EV Pickup that it announced last year as the newest and craziest EVs to come out of a mainstream automaker so far.

Think of it as a leaner, greener Hummer SUV for this more climate-aware age, but one, GM hopes, that has all the brash attitude that Hummer buyers know and love. Between a promised greater-than-300 mile range, some crazy performance specs, and trick features like Extract Mode, Crab Walk and Watts To Freedom (or WTF), it’s clear that General Motors really wants to make a splash. Here’s what you need to know.

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Performance

The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV includes a bunch of high-tech features that will grab any electric vehicle enthusiast’s attention—and probably turn a few people into EV enthusiasts as well.

The new SUV has an available three-motor “e4WD” system that generates a “GM-estimated” 830 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque. Those are pretty insane numbers, so it’s worth noting that these are coming out of simulation and pre-production data from GM and the truck won’t be out for a few years still. Still, General Motors wouldn’t be throwing those numbers out there if they weren’t confident in them.

In a Q&A with journalists this week, GMC representatives wouldn’t share the exact size of the battery packs available in the new Hummer EV SUV. Instead, they just said there would be a “20-module, double-stacked” version of its new Ultium battery pack and that the vehicle would offer “more than” 300 miles of range on a full charge. In the end, it’s the range that matters, not battery size, so it may be that GM is deciding to pivot away from battery size measurements as some other EV makers have.

To charge that 20-module battery pack, the Hummer EV will support 800-volt DC fast-charging at up to 300kW. That’s not something that’s very common at current EV charging stations, but this vehicle isn’t expected to hit showrooms for a few years, so it’s likely to be more common by then.

Finally, while it’s great to charge fast, GMC wants to enable all sorts of overlanding and off-roading options, so the Hummer EV SUV will be able to “jump charge” other EVs with an onboard 240-volt power outlet capable of transferring juice at 6kW. That’s as fast as some residential Level 2 chargers.

Perception, a Hollywood design house that famously did much of the user interface design work for a bunch of the Marvel movies including “Black Panther.”

When work began on the development of the Hummer EV project, GM “started going outside the box with suppliers,” GM Creative Director Scott Martin said in an interview. “Perception is one of those ways we went outside the box.” 

The user interface is nothing like we’ve ever seen from GM, though this was built on top of the existing Info3 system that’s available in current GM vehicles. The company is using Epic’s Unreal engine to do some real-time rendering of the Hummer driving over different terrain types to showcase the capabilities of the various vehicle drive modes.

“Some customers don’t know what the drive modes are and they don’t feel comfortable changing them,” Martin explained. “It’s cool to show Hummer on different planets, but it’s also helpful to show what the drive modes are doing.”

The screens also have a number of off-road widgets to show what the vehicle is doing in different situations, including the adjustable ride height, real-time pitch and roll indicators, compass headings and more.

reserved now on GMC’s website. The SUV will begin production in early 2023, while the pickup is scheduled to begin production this fall.

Both the Hummer EV SUV and pickup start at $79,995 and run up over $100,000 for the top-trim models. Other trims are available depending on how many motors, how large a battery, and what sorts of features you’re interested in.

But the Hummer EV isn’t the only all-electric news to come out of General Motors this week. The company also teased a new Chevrolet Silverado electric pickup on Tuesday, promising a 400-mile range when it comes out in a few years.

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