GMC Hummer EV Review – Best Electric Trucks 2022

Takeaway: GMC’s Hummer EV is a crazy machine that could help turn EV naysayers into believers. Does it need to exist? Probably not. But jump behind the wheel of this 9,063-pound beast that can catapult itself to 60 mph in 3 seconds, and you can’t help but feel like a kid again. GMC didn’t build the Hummer EV to go farther or faster than its competitors (Rivian R1T and Ford F-150 Lightning). It built it to showcase what an electric truck can be.

→ The four-wheel steering – which allows the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels – gave the truck a surprisingly tight turning radius.
→ The truck’s beltline is surprisingly low, which gave me confidence as I navigated the tight city streets of Easton, Pennsylvania.
→ Crab-walk feature was not very practical but will definitely impress your friends.

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Specifications:

  • Basic price: $86,645 ($110,295 for Edition 1)
  • Engine: Three-motor Ultium Drive System
  • Horsepower: 1,000 hp
  • Torque: 11,500 lb-ft
  • Battery pack: 212.7 kWh
  • Scope: 329 miles (GM estimate)
  • Towing: 7,500 pounds
  • Payload: 1,300 lbs
  • Empty weight: 9,063 lbs
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive

What you should know

We’ve driven a lot of electric cars here Popular Mechanics, and most of them are amazing. But while some EVs put up solid numbers on paper, there are more than a few that lack any feel or excitement behind the wheel – think dull steering, a lazy throttle and just a frustratingly anemic experience. The Hummer EV suffers from none of these; it’s just as crazy to drive as the numbers lead you to believe. For example, a quick hit in “Watts To Freedom” mode, which allows the vehicle to sprint to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds, makes the Hummer one of the heaviest yet fastest EVs we’ve ever driven. Thankfully, this ridiculousness remains apparent in the design department.

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Most of the latest EVs have the same bolt-on silhouette, with designers forced into a form-follows-function ethos – all in the name of maximizing aerodynamic efficiency. But true to its gas-guzzling roots, this is an all-electric plate from Hummer. It is titanic in every dimension.

The GMC still managed to extract 329 miles of range. Instead of minimizing frontal area and maximizing efficiency, it seems the automaker crammed in the biggest battery pack it could find to compensate for the vehicle’s aerodynamic shortcomings. In fact, the 212.7 kWh battery pack is the largest ever fitted to a production car. (For reference, there’s a 128.9-kWh pack in the Rivian’s R1T and a 131.0-kWh unit in Ford’s F-150 Lightning.) The Hummer’s battery alone weighs 2,923 pounds — as much as a brand-new Honda Civic .

What it’s like to drive

One look at the Hummer EV and you’ll probably think it feels like a monster truck on the road. And you were mostly wrong. The 135.6-inch wheelbase (that’s 10 inches shorter than the F-150 Lightning’s) actually makes it quite nimble around the tight city streets near our offices in Easton, Pennsylvania. Its comparatively small stature is complemented by passive rear-wheel steering to improve turning radius at low speeds; the system allows the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction to the front tires.

interior of gmc hummer possibly

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Despite being the largest, heaviest and tallest truck we’ve ever tested, the Hummer EV has acceleration that simply boggles the mind. There is no reason for a vehicle that weighs nearly 5 tons to catapult to 60 mph in just over three seconds. Enabling the “Watts To Freedom” launch mode will actually drain 20 percent of the battery. Once you put your foot down, the acceleration feels endless. At all times you are well aware of the vehicle’s mass – especially given its weak stopping power.

goodyear mud terrain tires on gmc hummer ev

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The Hummer has 14-inch brake rotors at all four corners (we couldn’t find any information on the calipers), which just aren’t as good as they need to be for such a massive vehicle. This is not helped by its Goodyear mud off-road tires, which provide a large contact patch but are tailored for off-road grip. Tipping this behemoth into a corner is equally disconcerting, as it feels closer to powder skiing than driving. But we’re not talking about a performance vehicle here. Once you realize the limitations of driving the Hummer on the road, it’s absolutely hilarious to drive within its limits.

Cool party tricks

For better or worse, electric cars often have fun tricks and Easter eggs up their sleeves for the driver to impress his friends. However, nothing tops the Hummer’s Crab Walk feature. In addition, it has a multifunction tailgate and removable roof panels.

Crab Walk

Ads have been touting the vehicle’s Crab Walk feature – allowing all four wheels to turn in the same direction – ever since its debut in 2020. After fiddling with it, I have to say it’s unreal. The process of engaging involves throwing it into park, straightening the steering wheel and holding down the four-wheel steering button until the crab animation comes up on the infotainment screen. Does it have any practical application? Not really. Does it make you giggle like a child when you use it? Absolutely. I must have spent 20 minutes getting around a parking lot.

crabwalking with gmc lobster possibly

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MultiPro tailgate

Multi-function tailgates have become standard practice for any automaker pumping out a truck these days. It doesn’t matter if it runs on gas or electricity – modern pickup trucks need a tailgate that can also do 18 things other than open and close. The Hummer is no exception, with its MultiPro tailgate that includes a built-in Kicker Audio sound system. Granted, it only contains a pair of four-inch 100-watt speakers, so obviously the sound quality wasn’t great. But befitting the Hummer’s over-the-top character, there’s a waterproof stereo in the tailgate.

kicker audio sound system on the tailgate of gmc hummer ev

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Removable roof panels

Much like the Ford Bronco (and other off-roaders like it), the Hummer has a T-top of sorts with removable panels. All four clear roof sections are easily removed by disconnecting the set of levers that hold each one in place. When they are off, you can store them under the hood for easy access. Here in Eastern Pennsylvania, we froze a bit with the roof panels off but can confirm that it completely changed the driving experience; there’s something about driving through the woods with the wind in your hair that can’t be topped.

drive gmc hummer ev with roof panels off in forest

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remove roof panels on gmc hummer ev

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The verdict

It pains me to admit that there are some Hummer EV issues that need to be addressed. Along with the weak brakes, the infotainment system is difficult to use and was often not very responsive. That’s quite surprising, given that GMC partnered with Epic Games (the same studio that created the ever-popular Fortnite) to create the graphics for the user interface. And while we didn’t experience them, there are bigger problems, like what Youtuber The Fast Lane Truck experienced when they were stranded in the middle of the road with their Hummer EV stuck in park. Thankfully, they found a manual pull that allowed them to open the hood and disconnect the auxiliary battery to restore the vehicle.

infotainment system in gmc hummer ev

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These are all problems that shouldn’t happen given the vehicle’s six-figure asking price. Thankfully, most of them are childhood ailments that shouldn’t be too difficult to fix. Once everything is dialed in, it’s clear that the Hummer EV is going to be one hell of a super truck that can get even the most reluctant to get excited about all-electric vehicles.

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