GMC Hummer EV Pickup: It's Real, Y'All

GMC Hummer Electric Pickup Truck Front End

Manufacturer image

By Brian Normile

What was once a rumor first reported in the pages of the Wall Street Journal now has been officially confirmed: GMC is bringing back the Hummer name and will be doing so in the form of an all-electric pickup truck with 1,000 horsepower. We don't know much else about the electric Hummer, but its reported specs sound like a challenger for the Tesla Cybertruck's title of "craziest on-paper pickup."

Related: How Does Tesla's Cybertruck Actually Compare to a Ford F-150?

Here's what GMC is reporting currently:

  • 1,000 hp
  • 11,500 pounds-feet of torque (GM wouldn’t confirm whether or not this is engine torque or, more likely, wheel torque. Wheel torque isn’t directly comparable to the traditional torque ratings at the engine or motor.)
  • Claimed 0-60-mph time of 3.0 seconds (Tesla claims 2.9 seconds for the tri-motor Cybertruck)

Those specs are nuts for literally any vehicle, let alone a pickup truck that is likely to be quite, uh, hefty if it's going to carry on the Hummer legacy. It's worth noting that range, or even the number or style of the electric motor(s?), is unknown at this time.

The one image GMC has provided is of the front end, which features the traditional vertical lines of Hummer grilles of yore — this time as a lighting element with "HUMMER" spelled across the six segments. The lightbar-slash-badge is flanked by H-shaped headlights. A small GMC badge sits below the lights, since Hummer is no longer a stand-alone brand. Everything seems suitably angular for a Hummer and there are three marker lights visible atop the cab — whether these are to comply with width-related regulations or just for show is unknown.

As for what else the Hummer EV will offer, we're left to speculate. PickupTrucks.com is a network site of Cars.com, and we recently polled Cars.com editors for what they would like to see the new pickup offer. The answers that came back ranged from the practical, like GMC's MultiPro Tailgate and in-bed outlets for powering electrical devices, to the innovative, like including the thus far Cadillac-exclusive Super Cruise or "any exclusive technology that changes the game for electric motoring, off-roading or both."

We'll see more of the Hummer EV in a commercial during the Super Bowl; GMC says the commercial is designed to show the contrast between the Hummer EV's performance and the relative lack of noise produced by an electric vehicle. The full reveal of the Hummer EV will take place May 20, and GM plans to build it at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant with availability expected in fall 2021.

 

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