On October 20, General Motors resurrected the Hummer line and officially unveiled the GMC Hummer EV. The Hummer was initially an ICE-powered, civilian version of the Humvee, which entered into production back in 1992.
The Hummer EV is an all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle.
How Many Iterations of the Hummer EV?
The Hummer EV will chronologically release four iterations: Edition 1, EV3X, EV2X, and the EV2.
Rollout will be completed in four phases.
According to GMC, Edition 1 is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 km.h) in approximately 3 seconds. It is also able to travel 350 miles (560 kilometers) per single charge. It will also be equipped with three electric motors that provide the vehicle with 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. The vehicle will also sport a 200 kWh Ultium battery pack.
Ultium battery packs enable GM to use 70% less cobalt. Cobalt is the most expensive material used in batteries. Reducing its use during production drives down costs associated with electric vehicles.
The Edition 1 will be rolled out next year, and will retail at $112,595 USD.
The Hummer EV3X will be released in the fall of 2022. While it will also be equipped with three electric motors, it will provide 800 horsepower and 9,500 lb-ft of torque. It is capable of traveling slightly more than 300 miles (482 kilometers) per single charge.
EV3X starts at $99,995.
EV2X is expected to be available in Spring 2023. Unlike the aforementioned editions, the EV2X will be equipped with two electric motors. It will sport 625 horsepower and 7,400 lb-ft of torque. Just like the EV3X, it is capable of going at 300 miles per single charge.
The EV2X will retail at $89,995.
The EV2 is not expected to debut before Spring 2024. Just like EV2X, the EV2 will have two electric motors that produce 625 horsepower and 7,400 lb-ft of torque. Of all four editions, the EV2 has the smallest range. It will be capable of going 250 miles (approximately 402 kilometers) per single charge.
The base price of the EV2 will be $79,995.
Throughout its history, the Hummer was notoriously stiff in its movements. For all four EV editions, GM has opted to include 4-wheel steering features. The automaker also included a “Crabwalk” function which helps the trucks navigate in tight spaces.
How does the Hummer EV Stack Against the Cybertruck?
General Motors will directly compete with Tesla’s all-electric SUV.
Pricing-wise, all Cybertruck iterations are cheaper than the Hummer EV. The three model specs of the Cybertruck, the Single Motor Rear Wheel Drive (RWD), Dual Motor All Wheel Drive (AWD) and Tri Motor All Wheel Drive, retail at $39,000, $49,000, and $69,900 respectively.
Assuming customers include Tesla’s Full-Self Driving Feature, the models incur an additional $7,000 USD.
Performance-wise, all Cybertruck models have various specifications. The Single Motor can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6.5 seconds and can travel 250-plus miles per full charge. The Dual and Tri Motor can go from 0 to 60 mph in less 4.5 and 2.9 seconds respectively. The Dual Motor has a range of 300-plus miles per full charge, while the Tri-Motor has a 500-plus mile range.
The Cybertruck may also be equipped with the 4680 battery cell. Manufactured by Tesla, the cell can increase energy density by five times, increase range by 16% and improve power output by six times.
Tesla CEO also announced during Battery Day that the company is planning to produce zero-cobalt batteries. Eliminating cobalt from the equation may enable Tesla to achieve cost-parity with ICE-powered vehicles.
When it comes to aesthetics, the Cybetruck is perhaps the most audacious vehicle. The SUV has an unusual wedge-shaped body made from stainless steel. It looks like it came out from a dystopian science fiction movie, and has recently survived a nuclear disaster.
All things considered, General Motors will have their work cut out for them if they want to compete in the EV market with Tesla.