The 11 best features of the Hummer EV

In the early 90s, actor, eventual politician and the man who would always “be back”, Arnold Schwarzenegger pushed for the Humvee military vehicle to be sold to the public. Suddenly he and many, many others who decided a military grade vehicle would look good in their driveway were rolling around in the H1.

In late 1999, AM General, maker of the military-grade Humvee and H1, sold the Hummer name to General Motors GM,
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Then GM introduced the H2, a more civilized version of the very large, very polarizing SUV. And in 2010, the Hummer brand went the same way as the dodo and the Saturn.

Fast forward to 2020, when GM decided to revive the Hummer nameplate as part of its GMC brand. But this time it won’t be a gas-guzzling vehicle the size of a studio apartment. Instead, there will be two electric vehicles the size of a studio apartment.

A Hummer EV rolls down the assembly line at a GM plant in Detroit in August.

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The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV and 2022 Hummer EV pickup are coming to a charging station near you. Here are some of our favorite features.

Watts to freedom

Watts to Freedom is the launch control feature of the GMC Hummer EV “supertrucks” (as GM calls them). But the feature does more than just propel the 9,046-pound Hummer EV pickup from 0-60 mph in an impressive 3 seconds with the tri-motor pickup. When activated, a series of on-screen animations, haptic feedback from the seat and audio cues prepare the driver for the experience as the vehicle lowers 2 inches. Then you’re off.

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It sounds more like a theme park ride than a feature, and that’s exactly why we love it and can’t wait to experience it for ourselves.

Range over 350 miles

It is the first question that is asked when someone brings up the subject of an electric car. For those looking to put the Hummer in their driveway (but probably not their garage, since the thing is huge), they’ll be happy to know that GM is aiming for a range of 350 miles for the Hummer EV truck. You may have tight city street anxiety in these vehicles, but definitely not range anxiety.

200 kWh battery

Everything about the upcoming Hummer EVs is big, including the battery pack. With a capacity of 200 kWh using GM’s Ultium electric vehicle platform, Hummer’s batteries exceed those of other automakers. By comparison, Tesla’s Model S has a 100 kWh battery pack. Of course, the huge battery is one of the reasons for the vehicle’s curb weight of 9,046 pounds.

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800-Volt, 350-kilowatt DC fast charging capability

To keep that 200 kWh battery pack charged, you need to be able to push a lot of electrons into the vehicle as quickly as possible. GM chose an 800-volt architecture that supports a charging rate of 350 kW via a DC fast charger. Other vehicles coming to market that charge this quickly are the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60. All of these vehicles will be dwarfed by the majesty of the Hummer EV as they all line up to charge much faster than other EVs.

Super cruise

GM’s hands-free driver assistance system will be available as an option on the Hummer EV. First available in Cadillac luxury cars, the driver assistance system is now landing in select GM vehicles. The system allows drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel while it is engaged. The driver must still pay attention to the road and traffic and is monitored via a sensor on the steering column.

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Additionally, Super Cruise will only work on highways that are already mapped to support it. So don’t expect to turn it on while driving down a back road. Still, it’s one of the best advanced driver assistance systems on the market today, and soon it will be in a giant EV Hummer.

UltraVision

With a whopping 18 available cameras on the pickup and 17 on the SUV, UltraVision offers drivers real-time views of the world around and under the Hummer EV. For those braving the rigorous world of off-road driving, these cameras can replace the spotter that usually prevents the driver from making a serious mistake. Plus if they get dirty there is a wash function and the lens covers are replaceable.

Interior

Like its gas-powered predecessor, the Hummer EV has a huge interior with enough cabin space to fit three large adults across the back seat. At the front, a 13.4-inch touchscreen houses the car’s infotainment center. Underneath it are actual buttons that control the climate, powertrain options, and features like the heated steering wheel.

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Design-wise, the interior is equipped with what feels like dozens of H letters. An interesting aspect is the references to the moon. The dead pedal resembles the footprint on Neil Armstrong’s boot. There is also a map of the Sea of ​​Tranquility in the speaker grilles and in the center console.

Crab Walk

Although rear wheel steering is not new or even new at this point, the rear wheel steering’s ability to turn up to 10 degrees results in an impressive feature that can get drivers out of a tight spot.

Hummer’s low-speed Crab Walk option can turn all four wheels diagonally in the same direction. This feature allows drivers to move diagonally to get around a difficult obstacle, whether it’s a giant boulder on a trail or a group of shopping carts in a mall parking lot.

Infinity ceiling

With four transparent removable modular sections, the Hummer is the very large convertible EV SUV you didn’t realize you wanted. The roof sections store in the large front boot, which means the option to go outdoors when you’re on the go.

Off-road driving

As you’d expect from a vehicle that in another life was a military-grade transport vehicle, the Hummer EV retains its off-road DNA. The front differential can be locked. Additionally, the rear motors simulate a locking rear differential by turning both rear wheels simultaneously.

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The vehicle also supports torque vectoring which controls the power sent to each rear wheel. There is also full underbody protection to protect the underside of the vehicle. Finally, the adaptive air drive system can lift the vehicle half a foot in extract mode to help drivers navigate through water and traverse large obstacles.

Power plant generator

Last but not least is the Power Station generator. Just like the Ford F-150, the Hummer EV SUV can be equipped with its own power supply. It enables 19.2 kW AC charging, the ability to charge other electric cars (240v/25A/6kW) and generator functions (120v/25A/3kW) to plug in electronics for tailgating or camping. The Power Station will also be available in the Hummer EV pickup in the future.

This story originally ran on KBB.com.

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