It’s a lot of everything

Lobster has never been small. The new all-electric 2022 GMC Hummer EV Truck fits the family mold and brings great scale and boldness to a new generation of buyers. It is General Motors’ first supersize electric vehicle (EV) and serves as a precursor to the company’s Chevrolet Silverado EV.

Designers have carried many of the hallmarks of previous Hummer generations into the new ones, fusing them with new materials and styling. The “Hummer” at the front of the battery electric vehicle sits front and center, but it’s now on the back of the truck rather than on the grille. It is backlit by LEDs that give the model a light bar up front rather than just headlights.

The model has a Chevy Avalanche-like form, on steroids. Its short bed is only 5 feet long, slightly larger than that of the Rivian R1T. Complementing the box’s small size is the frunk (front trunk), which has 9 cubic feet of cargo space — enough to accommodate the model’s roof panels, but 35 percent smaller than the Ford F-150 Lightning’s 14.1 cubic feet.

Power for the 2022 Hummer EV Edition 1 truck comes from General Motors’ Ultium battery pack, giving it an EPA-estimated all-electric range of 329 miles. That big pack brings the pickup to around 9,000 pounds before people and cargo are factored in.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1
The new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck has many advantages, but there are a few key flaws.
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There’s no getting away from how big the Hummer EV is. Almost as wide as a lane and as long as a standard pickup truck, the model moves down the road with the confidence of a teenager who’s suddenly taller than when he went to bed a week ago. Nevertheless, thanks to the electric all-wheel steering, the model is relatively manoeuvrable and easy to drive around corners.

In the city, the truck is manageable at relatively low speeds. It comes into its own on the freeway, with a blind spot metaphorically a mile wide and lane deviations that get worse as speed increases.

Luckily, the truck is equipped with Super Cruise, Adaptive Cruise Control, the automatic combination of Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering, Blind Spot Monitoring and Lane Departure Warning, which can do much of this daunting task for one driver. But its use is limited to certain highways and the rest of the time, as being the Hummer EV’s minder is more tiring than ideal.

When trail riding, the Hummer EV shows why it’s a boss. Its easy low-speed maneuverability, which shows on city streets, is right at home on Arizona’s dirt back roads.

Thanks to its sophisticated steering, the truck can overcome obstacles that far exceed the capabilities of conventional trucks. This is the same feature that enables GMC’s Crab Walk functionality, where the truck moves forward at an angle that allows it to avoid an obstacle instead of turning in the traditional way. The battery powered pickup can be driven with Crab Walk enabled, the model requires the driver’s full attention, especially at speeds over 5 miles per hour. Then it gets a little awkward.

When crab walk just isn’t enough, the truck’s Extract Mode can provide additional support. The truck’s adaptive air suspension allows the truck to be raised 6 inches, which helps the model negotiate large rocks and flood water in its path.

These obstacles are easy to see thanks to the truck’s 18 camera views, including underbody angles made possible thanks to waterproof cameras. Visibility is clear all round and the multitude of angles makes it easy to see the lane ahead of a truck with this much bodywork, although as with any camera system there is some lag between reality and what is seen on screen.

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The new Hummer EV pickup weighs over 9,000 pounds.
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GMC also uses its 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque for its Watts to Freedom (abbreviated to WTF) launch control mode. The instantaneous torque imparted to the model by its electric motors propels the vehicle off the assembly line in a snap, which feels like a ride in an amusement park.

The interior of the Hummer EV isn’t particularly luxurious, although it’s well designed in most respects. It follows the signature General Motors formula, placing numerous materials and textures in close proximity, none as beautiful or sleek as what’s found in the Ram 1500 or Rivian R1T.

The roof panels with plastic windows in the tester showed the adhesive holding them in the seams at their edges.

A thick steering wheel and robust features in the cabin match the model’s interior to its exterior.

The Hummer EV’s sky panels allow daylight into the cabin at all times. When it gets hot on hot days, there’s no shade to draw, meaning the space roasts right above passengers’ heads in spring and summer. This causes the air conditioner to work extra hard to keep up, reducing battery life. GMC says it will offer a traditional headliner for the next model year.

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The infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster feature graphics from Epic Games.
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One of the best things about the Hummer EV Edition 1 truck is that the company partnered with gaming company Epic Games to create unique graphics that activate when you select the driving mode. The graphics are clear and creative. However, your running order takes more time than is ideal when out and about.

The truck is equipped with a wealth of safety and driver assistance technologies, most notably the range of driving technologies called Super Cruise, which keep the vehicle in lane without the driver having to keep their hands on the wheel. The tech pack moderates speed, proximity to other vehicles, and can perform hands-free lane changes at the driver’s discretion. There is still some future care to be taken as the system can fail for a number of reasons, but the on/off functionality is smoother than any system available today.

Super Cruisel is also intuitive to use, engaging like cruise control and features a colored bar on the steering wheel that shows blue when the system is operational, green when it’s activated, and red when it’s failing. Audible and other visual alerts also signal Super Cruise status.

General Motors engineers refer to the Hummer EV Truck as the Moonshot Project. It’s a feat of engineering that also wins points for historical references and an overall cool factor. Limited drivability is the price you have to pay to pilot something this massive, but plenty of GM technology is used to enhance the experience. Overall it’s a win.

The price of the Hummer EV Edition 1 is high – over $110,000. There’s nothing quite like it on the market today, making the Hummer EV an instant collector’s item and a quirky addition to an enthusiast’s garage.

Is the price worth it? For the avid shopper, absolutely. Until the more affordable versions of the 2023, 2024, and 2025 truck hit the market, the Hummer EV will face more competition. It’s a lot of everything

Rick Schindler

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