Full disclosure: I have a Tesla. I really like Tesla, and I think the Tesla Cybertruck is cool. However, I think Tesla messed up by not going with a more mass market pickup. I think the F150 EV will be a big hit, and by the looks of it this GMC Hummer EV SUT could be a big hit as well.
Now on to the article.
GM stopped producing and selling the Hummer in 2010. It was a semi popular vehicle, but I think you would have to call it a niche Sport Utility Truck (SUT). To really understand the Hummer, you have to go back to 1983 when the original Hummer was born. It was of course a military only vehicle when it started it. It was wide and big and bar bones inside.
Originally built by AM General, long time manufacturer of specialized military vehicles, for the Pentagon, the Hummer kind of took the place of the old American battle field jeep. The jeep was much smaller and did not have a hard top of course, but the military wanted some kind of workhorse battlefield vehicle like that again.
The Hummer was officially called the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) or Humvee for short. It was designed to transport troops and cargo in rugged terrain. The Humvee saw its first extensive action in the first Persian Gulf War in the early 90’s. I am taking this info from a post on the History Channel site. You can see it listed at the end of the article along with other sources.
Humvees were super cool when they debuted. I remember thinking how I would love to own one except that they were too wide to park or fit in your garage and highly practical and impractical at the same time. If there is ever a real zombie apocalypse, I am going to try to find a Humvee to ride around in. That is for sure.
Humvees started to find some footing in the consumer market when Arnold Schwarzeneggar somehow convinced GM to sell him not one but a fleet of them.
Arnold’s original green Hummer
The Hummer was widely criticized for its extremely poor gas mileage. Nevertheless, GM went on to produce a Hummer 2 (smaller than the original with somewhat better fuel consumption) and then the Hummer 3 with gas mileage from 16-20 MPG and a smaller physical size than either of the previous models.
GM struggled in 2008 when the Great Recession hit and filed for bankruptcy in 2009. They announced shortly after their federal bailout that they would no longer produce the Hummer. The rights to the name were sold to a Chinese tool manufacturer.
In January of 2020, GM announced that it was re-launching the Hummer brand as an all electric truck or SUT. LeBron James was signed to be the spokseperson for the brand. That is how we got to here.
What do we know about the all new GMC Hummer EV SUT?
The quick answer to the question above is that we do not know a lot about the new GMC Hummer EV SUT. It is set to debut on October 20th, 2020, so we will know a lot more shortly.
There are some things we can surmise about the new Hummer. Nobody has talked about this, but GM is involved with the Lordstown Endurance all electric pickup. In particular, GM wanted the right to use the drive train for the Endurance. I will be very curious to see if the new GMC Hummer EV SUT has the same drive train as the Lordstown Endurance. I think it will definitely use the same technology.
Here are some other things we know or sort of know about the new Hummer:
- It will be available in the fall of 2021 – but you can reserve yours online starting on October 20,2020 for $100
- It has a drive mode called Crab Walk. The short video of the vehicle on the GM site says “Sometimes the biggest leaps are diagonal”. It reminds me of the Denali’s of the late 2000’s with all wheel drive.
- Base price around $70,000 but not confirmed
- No range number but rumored to be over 400 miles
- 0-60 sec time claimed to be 3.0 seconds
- 800V architecture for the battery system
- 350kWh fast charging
- limited warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles
- powertrain warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles
- hybrid component warranty of 8 years or 100,000 miles
- It appears to be a standard power setup, ie. battery charging and discharging not battery swapping. China seems to be the only country pursuing the battery swap stations at this point. Tesla started down that path initially but abandoned it early on presumably due to increased costs to install battery swapping stations.
(source for these numbers is an article by Car and Driver and from reading the GMC Hummer website).
What don’t we know about the GMC Hummer EV SUT?
A lot. Here are a few things though.
- How will the vehicle be charged? Will it use the Electrify America charging network (like the Lucid Air)?
- Who is producing the batteries for this vehicle? Will it be Panasonic? They produce the batteries for Tesla (at least a bit longer although Tesla makes some of its own batteries and plans to make a lot more of its own batteries).
- What does the interior really look like? (We have some shots below but there is nothing really real to go by). There is speculation that it will have a large touchscreen (like all EV’s have to have nowadays) and standard connectivity features like Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
- How many motors will it have? There are rumors that the vehicle will have 1, 2 and 3 motor configurations with the single motor model being rear wheel drive.
- Where is the vehicle being built? Maybe it will be partially built in Lordstown, Ohio where the new Lordstown Endurance is being built in a former GM plant. We just don’t know.
- Actual towing and payload numbers. The Car and Driver article I cited above speculates that the HP will have to be around 1000 and the towing at least 11,500 to compete with the Tesla Cyber Truck and the Rivian All Electric truck.
View through the GMC Hummer EV SUT roof – maybe. This could be a made up picture. We will have to see when the vehicle officially debuts on 10/20/20.
There are a lot of questions about the new GMC Hummer EV SUT right now. It is an exciting vehicle for sure, and it might be much more competitive with the Rivian All Electric simply because it is a real (normal) SUT. The Tesla Cyber Truck is really cool, but it remains a niche vehicle and isn’t even being produced at this point. Look for stiff competition between GMC and Rivian. I will follow up with an article once the Hummer and all its specs are out.