When it comes to Hummers, you go big or you go home. It was true of the gas-guzzling SUVs of the ’00s, and it’s going to be true of the next-generation all-electric pickup.
GMC unveiled the first-of-its-kind Hummer EV Edition 1 more than a year ago, with the promise of a 350-mile driving range and 800-volt DC fast charging. What it failed to mention at the time, though, is that the battery required to power this new Hummer would end up weighing more than a typical small car.
As Car and Driver reports, according to General Motors test data filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the vehicle tips the scales at 9,063 pounds—2,923 pounds of which belongs solely to the battery pack. Despite its giant size, GMC’s Hummer EV only boasts a 329-mile EPA combined range (from 212.7 kWh of usable energy), consuming electricity at 47 MPGe. It’s a figure that will not appear on the truck’s window sticker, as machines with a gross vehicle weight rating above 8,500 pounds are not required to advertise the fact.
General Motors launched its first Hummer models, based on the military Humvee, in 1998. By the mid-noughties, an economic recession and failed acquisition drove GM to dismantle the brand; the final Hummer H3 rolled off the line in May 2010. A decade later, the automaker began teasing its return with two GMC Hummer EV brand models: an electric pickup and SUV.
The $112,595 Edition 1 features 0-60 mph acceleration in three seconds, drive mode control, an Infinity Roof and removable transparent Sky Panels, as well as a large infotainment screen powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. If all goes well with Edition 1, consumers can expect additional trims introduced in future models, including the $79,995 Hummer EV2 (spring 2024), $89,995 EV 2X (spring 2023), and $99,995 EV3X (fall 2022).