In late 2020, GMC had revealed the next-generation Hummer in an entirely modern EV pickup avatar. While the American marque had been working on a Hummer EV idea for a long time, this was the first time most people saw one in the flesh. However, that one was more of a prototype meant to spark interest in the brand again after a long break. Thankfully, it has led to this – the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV –, and it looks pretty badass. Unlike the concept that it is based on, this Hummer EV is a proper SUV design. Having said that, GMC will be launching the pickup version of the Hummer EV as well.
GMC says that the 2024 Hummer EV SUV gets a double-stacked battery pack and an interdependent body/battery structure. This, in essence, is like a hybrid between an old-school body-on-frame construction and a modern monocoque design meant for EVs. While GMC has not revealed the exact specifications of the battery pack, the claimed maximum range of the Hummer EV SUV is 300 miles or 482 kilometers. The battery supports 800-volt DC fast charging all the way up to a maximum of up to 300kW. One of the most unique features of the Hummer EV is what GMC calls “Power Station generator”.
The Power Station generator is an extra bit of kit that customers can opt for while buying the Hummer EV. According to GMC, this system can be used to power external electrical accessories at 120v/25A/3kW. Furthermore, it can also be used to ‘jump start’ other EVs, with an output of 240v/25A/6kW. Then again, the Power Station system in the Hummer EV SUV isn’t a generator in the technical sense. It essentially uses specialized hardware that converts the DC juice from the Hummer’s own battery pack into AC to charge other EVs. Still, that would be a cool party trick or come in handy should you come across a stranded EV. However, with an output of just 6kW, you better be prepared to wait for a bit.
While it measures nearly 5 meters in length and likely weighs as much as a school bus, the 2024 Hummer EV SUV isn’t lacking power. GMC says that tri-motor Ultium Drive system in this Hummer is capable of producing up to 830hp and a mind-boggling torque figure of over 15,500Nm! The automaker also mentions the “Watts To Freedom” option (presumably an overboost function) that will allow the Hummer EV SUV to go from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 kmph) in as little as 3.5 seconds. Of course, in a vehicle this size, that is indeed an impressive acceleration time. However, do note that the actual torque figure of the Hummer EV SUV will be less than a tenth of the claimed 11,500 lb-ft or 15,592Nm.
Depending on your preference, the 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV will be available in urban-friendly and off-road-ready versions. There will be an exclusive Edition 1 package that will be offered in a special matte green exterior color. Moreover, the Edition 1 Hummer EV SUV can be optioned with the Extreme Off-Road Package, should you want to go for some hardcore off-roading.
The Edition 1 gets some other high-end features such as four-wheel steering with CrabWalk function, which basically allows this massive SUV to be driven diagonally. It also gets torque vectoring plus adaptive air suspension and humongous 35-inch-OD Goodyear tires wrapped around 22-inch wheels.
Meanwhile, the Extreme Off-Road Package is aimed at making the Hummer EV SUV a total beast off the road. The package gets it the same 35-inch tires but they are now the upgraded Wrangler Territory MTs shod on 18-inch wheels, front & rear electronic lockers, underbody armor, underbody cameras, and overall tougher mechanical components.
The Hummer EV SUV comes with several advanced driver-assistance functions including Super Cruise and automatic lane changing. As for its other features, the 2024 Hummer EV SUV comes with a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, a 13.4-inch infotainment system, removable Sky Panels roof, Digital Key functionality via a smartphone, plus an Energy App and Off-Road Widgets.
According to GMC, the 2024 Hummer EV SUV will hit the US market sometime in early 2023. There will be around four variants on offer in the States, with at least a couple of different battery & output configurations. Moreover, buyers will be able to pick from 200 accessories for their Hummer EV for improved customization choices. If you are expecting to see one of these Terminator machines on our roads anytime soon… That’s not happening.