It’s not every day we get a Lazarus moment such as this. Hummer, which was dismantled almost a decade ago is making a comeback – this time in the form of a GMC-badged truck. The upcoming Hummer model will debut on the 20th of May.
However, Hummer isn’t coming back as the thirsty, V8-powered desert basher that we all know it to be, but rather the go-any-where truck will be revived as an electric vehicle. GM is keeping its cards close to its chest but has released just enough to stoke the fires of our curiosity.
The upcoming Hummer EV truck is said to have 745kW of power and a reported 15,590Nm of torque. Yes, you read that right, and we double checked. Fifteen thousand five hundred and ninety Newton metres of twisting force. How is that even possible? This somewhat misleading figure could possibly be a measure for wheel torque instead of engine torque like we’re used to dealing with. For those not in the know, wheel torque is calculated by multiplying the motor’s torque with the gearbox’s drive ratio. No wonder GM is throwing around the words ‘super truck’.
Ludicrous power and towering torque figures aside, GM hasn’t revealed the most crucial bit of information about its EV – battery capacity and range. We reckon that GM is racing to secure a slice of the EV truck market, which is the bread and butter for manufacturers in North America. GM president Mark Reuss suggests the Hummer EV could beat all its rivals such as Ford’s all-electric F-150, Rivian’s R1T, Tesla’s Cybertruck and the boxy Bollinger B2 pickup to market.
The Hummer brand has always been synonymous with being able to go anywhere. We reckon this new EV version will be no different. An all-wheel drive system with at least two electric motors – one on each axle, is to be expected. Channeling all that power onto the black top would otherwise be a challenge, especially when you consider the company’s claimed sprint time of 3 seconds to 97 km/h (60 mph).
As mentioned, the reborn ‘super truck’ will be revealed in full come May the 20th and according to their website, will be built in Detroit, Michigan. Watch this space for more updates. For more information and for the best deal on your next brand-new car, please visit our Showroom.