How do you bring back from the dead ungodly huge trucks that were absolute guzzlers, too large for most roads and hardly practical? The answer is simple; you make it electric. That’s precisely what GMC is doing to revive the Hummer.
This time around the Hummer will dig itself out of the grave in a pick-up body under the GMC umbrella and as we’ve come to expect from electric trucks, will pack enough torque to slow earth’s rotation if need be. Of course, the Hummer EV will its debut in a Super Bowl ad spot this weekend.
So, performance figures then. Yes, try on about 1,000hp for size… and 15,592Nm of torque. No, that last one isn’t a typo but just GMC trying to be smart and quoting wheel torque instead of the usual engine torque. The difference is that wheel torque has been multiplied through gearing, hence the unusually high figure.
Nonetheless, GMC has quoted a century sprint time of 3.0-seconds flat. That’s just shy of the Tesla Cybertruck’s flagship figure of 2.9-seconds. In that case, wheel torque or engine torque doesn’t matter because the Hummer EV will slay tyres.
Although we’ve only been treated to a view of the front fascia, it’s a familiar one. Imagine the last Hummer H3’s front end that’s grown up a bit to keep up with the times. The front Hummer grille is now a LED light bar, hinting at some off-road prowess. Frankly speaking, the integrated light bar is quite a clever move and something more EV trucks should be incorporating.
Production is beginning soon with deliveries expected in 2021.