The 2022 GMC Hummer EV can crab walk. Basically, the thing turns its wheels by a few degrees to maneuver its massive frame through off-road obstacles. However, more likely, it’ll be used to get the big bastard out of a parking garage. Regardless, the technology behind it is something that only an EV can manage. Now, it’s time to learn how the 2022 GMC Hummer EV crab walks.
How does the Hummer EV crab walk?
Now, per Edmunds, there’s a prerequisite to making the crab walk feature on the 2021 Hummer EV work. That prerequisite is four-wheel steering, rather obviously. Can’t crab walk if all four wheels don’t turn, right? The Hummer EV’s four-wheel steering is critical to how all this works. So, how does that work? Your mileage on this answer may vary, but without getting under a 2021 Hummer EV, I can only disclose so much.
Basically, there’s a steering rack not only at the front wheels but at the rear. Usually, this means that wheels turn in a specific direction to either tighten the turning radius or help the car turn better under load at high speed. Think, Porsche 911 Turbo S. For the 2021 GMC Hummer EV, GMC did some clever computer wizardry that instead tells all four wheels to point in the same direction. The result? Crab walking.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV has other great features
Frankly, it’s almost an essential feature. The new 2021 GMC Hummer EV will come in at a hefty 9,000 lbs. It’s also 16 feet long and 7 feet wide. That’s a full foot longer than most SUVs if not two. In fact, that’s bigger than GMC’s next biggest model, the Yukon. Of course, there’s plenty of off-roading benefits, but I see most people using them in urban environments (see unfunny joke in introduction).
Frankly, I’m shocked GMC is just going to sell these to people. The 2021 GMC Hummer EV is huge, and you should need a CDL to drive it, tight spots or not. And that’s what it’ll be used for. Parallel parking is a lot easier when you can simply slide into the spot rather than backing in.
EVs need gimmicky market appeal
EVs need these features. Automakers are being pushed not only by governments, but the rest of the industry to get people out of gas cars and into EVs. The GMC Hummer EV has gimmicky features like “Watts to Freedom Mode” (launch control) to do that. Tesla has fart noises, and, well, Volvo EVs maybe take themselves a little too seriously.
Usually, I’m not one for things like this. I’m Mr. Serious Car Man when I shop for cars, but most consumers aren’t. People love these things, and if it gets our climate under control, I’m all for “WTF” mode and crab walking.