GM is continuing its efforts at rebooting the Hummer brand into an all electric sub-brand for GMC, with splashy commercials featuring LeBron James and a teaser campaign to help keep the upcoming model fresh in the minds of buyers. GM’s latest flurry of Hummer news reveals a bit more information that has us even more excited for the upcoming model
While the bulk of the Hummer’s styling is still being kept under wraps, GM reps did reveal that the Hummer truck will come equipped with a targa top, but its unclear whether it will be standard issue across the board,or if it will be an optional extra. The top itself will have four removable panels (two up front and two resr ones) with each one having a dedicated storage cubby in the frunk.
There are also some additional crumbs of information on the size of the upcoming EV Hummer. While the roof mounted indicator lights initially made us think that it would be a heavy duty offering, it appears that they are just there for looks, with the Hummer being far closer in size to the current generation Sierra half-ton. That smaller size would open it up to rivals like the Ford F-150 EV and its gas powered brother, the Ram 1500, as well as all electric newcomers like the Rivian R1T, and even the Tesla Cybertruck.
But the real story here is the battery technology that will be used on the Hummer and the rest of GM’s EV models with all of them being “Ultium powered.” That’s the name of GM’s new battery and battery pack technology. Ultium (get used to hearing that word alot this week) will arrive with a whole host of innovations and advantages to help make the equipped models stand out from the rest of the competition.
While many Ultium equipped models festure a 400 bolt battery pack with 200-kilowatt fast charging capability. The Hummer and future GM EV trucks get a beefier 800 volt pack, with 350-kilowatt fast charging capability which puts these figures on par with the ultra exotic and ultra expensive Porsche Taycan EV sedan. This information meshes up with the already potent performance figures GM released prior to the Super Bowl, with the Hummer capable of producing 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.0 second 0 to 60 time.
The Hummer EV will make its debut on May 20th, with the truck sharing production space with the Cadillac Lyriq CUV at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant when it begins production in 2021.