2021 Hummer EV 1000hp electric truck revealed: price, specs and release date
October 21, 2020 by
The Hummer EV has been revealed. This all-electric ‘Supertruck’ comes with three electric motors, 1000hp and 350 miles of range in top-spec Edition 1 trim.
- Hummer EV revealed
- Fully electric SUV
- Pickup bodystyle shown
- Four-wheel drive
- 1000hp motors
- 15,591 Nm of torque
- 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds
- Available to order now
- Priced from £61,500
The Hummer is back. Rather than a jacked-up military-inspired truck, it’s now a jacked-up electric SUV that’s designed to take on the likes of the upcoming Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T pickup.
New Hummer EV Design
The original Hummer H1 looked like a shipping container on wheels – after all, it was based on a proper military vehicle – so, it’s no surprise that this new EV version looks just as boxy. At the front, there’s a massive light bar that goes all the way across the bonnet so there’s no need for a huge fake grille.
The bonnet and windscreen are almost completely flat – just like the first Hummer – and even the wheel arches have been squared-off. It’s not quite as angular as a Tesla Cybertruck, however, and has a more obvious pickup-truck load bed at the back.
New Hummer EV Interior
The original Hummer H1 was massive on the outside but had a ridiculously cramped interior that looked like it came from the 1980s. And it only had four seats. This new EV is very different. For starters, it comes with five seats as standard and gets a pair of huge infotainment screens – there’s a 12-inch display behind the steering wheel and a 13-inch touchscreen on the dashboard.
The chunky dashboard design takes inspiration from the original H1, but without looking dated or overly retro, and the panoramic glass roof is a nice touch. This is even cooler in Edition 1 models because you can remove the roof panels and store them in the frunk. Or should that be the froot? We are in the UK, after all…
New Hummer EV motors and performance
Lots of upmarket electric SUVs come with two electric motors, and so does the Hummer EV. One drives the front wheels and one drives the rear wheels, and together they produce 625hp and an insane 10,000Nm of torque. But, there’s also a model with three electric motors – just like a top-spec Tesla Cybertruck. This version cranks out 1000hp and almost 15,600Nm of torque. That’s almost 27 times more torque than the original H1 came with.
In a Tesla, launch control is called ‘Ludicrous Mode’, but in the new Hummer EV it’s called ‘Watts to Freedom’. With this mode engaged, it’ll do 0-60mph in around 3 seconds. That’s a bit slower than a Model X Performance, which does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds, and a Cybertruck, which takes 2.9 seconds.
New Hummer EV batteries and charging
Some electric cars can charge using 150kw public charge points. But, top-spec versions of the Hummer EV can charge at up to 350kW using 800V fast-chargers, which let you add 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes.
The Hummer EV physically changes its battery cells from a parallel to series connection when it’s charging, which means they can absorb electrical energy faster without overheating. Once it’s fully charged, you can do about 250 miles in an entry-level Hummer EV, but the most expensive versions can do around 350 miles. That’s good, but Tesla claims the Cybertruck can do more than 500 miles on a charge.
New Hummer EV suspension and off-roading
Besides the basic EV2, all Hummer EVs come with adaptive air suspension, and every model gets selectable driving modes as standard including Touring, My Mode, Off-Road and Terrain modes. In the more hard-core Off-Road and Terrain modes, the suspension lifts the EV’s body by 5cm to give you more ground clearance in the more hard-core Off-Road and Terrain modes. There’s something called ‘Extract mode’, which lets you lift the body a further 15cm if you get it stuck on a rock.
As standard, the Hummer EV gets massive 35-inch off-road tyres, and there’s space in those huge wheel arches for you to fit 37-inch tyres. There’s loads of underbody protection, too, including metal ‘rock sliders’ that make sure you don’t snag your brake lines or damage the battery if you’re driving over sharp boulders.
The Hummer EV’s short overhangs mean it can climb over obstacles 45cm high, and its massive ground clearance means you can drive through water that’s 60cm deep. That’s good, but it’s about 15cm less water than a Jeep Wrangler can wade through.
New Hummer EV Crab Walk
You can get 4-wheel steering on plenty of cars these days, and the Hummer EV is no different. It can steer the back wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels to make tighter turns, or it can steer them in the same direction for more stability at high speeds.
Exclusive to the new Hummer EV is a ‘Crab Walk’ feature. This steers both sets of wheels in the same direction at very low speeds, which lets you drive along diagonally – a bit like a crab walking sideways. This lets you dodge past outcrops if you’re driving off-road, but it could also come in hand when you’re trying to parallel park.
New Hummer EV price
The Hummer EV is on sale now. The first models that’ll be delivered are top-spec Edition 1 cars, with three electric motors, 1000hp and 350 miles of range. They cost around £87,000, which is £10,000 less than a Tesla Model X Performance. Order one now and it should arrive by the end of 2021.
There’ll be another three-motor model called the EV 3X in 2022. This produces 800hp and has 300 miles of range and will cost from around £77,000. GMC is also making a cheaper 2-motor version called the EV 2X with 625hp a 300-mile range that’ll set you back just under £69,000, but won’t arrive until 2023.
Finally, there’s the entry-level EV2. This gets the same 625hp dual-motors as the EV 2X but does without any fancy adaptive air suspension and returns a more modest 250mile range. It’ll arrive in 2024 and cost £61,500. That’s still more than a top-spec Tesla Cybertruck, which is set to cost less than £55,000.
But that doesn’t really matter, because you probably won’t be able to buy a Hummer EV in the UK anyway…
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