2022 GMC Hummer EV: An All-Electric Truck With 1,000 Insane HP
Rumors of Hummer’s Return Come True With Official Announcement
General Motors confirmed a legend's return—sort of—in the form of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. Hummer, a name last seen on the 2010 H3 small SUV, will come back sometime next year as a GMC product, built in GM's heavily modernized Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility. GMC claims the Hummer EV will produce 1,000 hp and an incredible (and frankly, unbelievable) 11,500 lb-ft of torque, announcing the new truck through a series of short teaser videos and a commercial during the Big Game on Sunday.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV will be revealed in full on May 20 of this year, but until then, the company did cop to a few specifics. First, the truck will be an all-electric vehicle—no gasoline or diesel engine here—seemingly built to do battle with the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T. When it rolls off the assembly line in Hamtramck, it will boast a 0-60-mph time of 3 seconds according to GM estimates, roughly on par with Tesla and Rivian's claims for their fastest pickups.
GM estimates the Hummer EV will boast 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, with one major asterisk: That torque number is probably calculated as wheel torque, which is calculated much more charitably than the number that the electric motors themselves actually produce. Using some grade-five arithmetic, we predict the actual, SAE-certified torque output to be closer to 1,100 lb-ft—still a stellar number—but we have to throw some side-eye in GMC's direction for trying to claim five-figure torque.
Hummer Styling with a Twist
The original Humvee and all subsequent Hummers featured round headlights bookending a narrow, seven-slat grille. However, the new GMC Hummer EV will be substantially more modern, featuring H-shaped LED headlamp elements and a light-up front end graphic that does a little dance when first illuminated. The "grille" slats return, but there will only be six of them this time around, with "HUMMER" script emblazoned across the front end.
The rest of the truck's form factor remains a mystery, but we hope General Motors allows the new electric Hummer to maintain its vertical windshield and chunky styling, even if it comes at the expense of aerodynamics.
Brave New World
In 2003, gasoline was cheap and the economy was rebounding. Electric vehicles were limited-range penalty boxes leased by sanctimonious eco-weenies at exorbitant prices. And although the early-2000s is when the Toyota Prius started taking hold, so too did the Hummer brand. The H2 and later H3 became the darlings of well-to-do suburban families, sports stars, socialites, and musicians who wanted to loudly brandish their success. The thought of a competitive, luxurious, usable all-electric vehicle was laughable, more still if that vehicle were the archetype of conspicuous consumption.
How the times have changed. Now, climate science and energy conservation drive automotive innovation, but at the same time, everyday consumers are coming around to the high performance and luxurious operation that an electric vehicle can provide. So even as the early-2000s were the perfect backdrop for old-school, gas-guzzling SUVs, the early-2020s are tailor-made for a lineup of prestigious, lightning-fast, zero-emissions Hummers.