Cower In Your Homes, The GMC Hummer EV Comes Out In December

The thousand-horsepower medium-duty truck will be trundling down roadways by the end of the year

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The GMC Hummer EV has spent two years in development, biding its time until it was ready to face down the U.S. highway system. Now it’s on the precipice of release: Starting in next month, the 9,000-lb behemoth will begin making three-second 0-to-60 runs on roads near you. Look on General Motors’ works, ye mighty, and despair.

Duncan Aldred, global vibe president for Buick and GMC, said on an investor call that only Edition 1 Hummers will begin deliveries in December. In fact, those will be the only versions available for the first year — though he didn’t mention how many Edition 1 trucks had been preordered, or how many will be built.

Yeah, I guess that’s kind of a 1. If you squint.
Yeah, I guess that’s kind of a 1. If you squint.
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The Hummer EV, which is legally defined as a Class 3 medium-duty truck due to its weight, claims a range of 329 miles in Edition 1 trim. That accounts for the 35-inch offroad tires, rock sliders, and skid plates.

Let’s talk about the physics of the Hummer for a second. If you’re driving the classic stand-in for A Large Vehicle That Hurts When It Hits You, the Chevy Tahoe, it’ll take you six seconds to hit 60 miles an hour. The Hummer will make it there in half the time, and at the same speed will have nearly double the momentum. The truck is, indeed, too big.

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If you have to ford 32" of water on the way to work, maybe just call out
If you have to ford 32" of water on the way to work, maybe just call out
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That size leads to some pretty incredible inefficiency. The Hummer EV Edition 1 gets 329 miles of range out of its 200 kWh battery. That’s, by my math, 60.79 kWh per 100 miles of range. That’s almost exactly half as efficient as Chevy’s own Bolt. Granted, that’s based on GM’s figures and not a listing on the Department of Energy’s website, so we’ll all have to keep our eyes peeled for the official numbers.

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So we’ve got an enormous, heavy, inefficient truck that will destroy any road it deems worthy of buckling under its incredible load. EV or no, it seems GMC’s built a true Hummer successor — for better or for worse.

Update Monday, Nov. 29, 1:04 p.m. ET: A previous version of this article transposed the first two numbers in the Hummer EV’s range in one paragraph, incorrectly listing its 329-mile range as 239 miles. That range number, and the associated math regarding efficiency, have been corrected. We regret the error.