Novelty or Not: Is the GMC Hummer EV a Practical Choice?
The GMC Hummer EV arrived in the market ahead of the Ford F-150 Lightning and Rivian R1T as the first electric truck. This new EV brings style that reminds you it’s a Hummer while offering unique features that handle the trails with ease. Whether you’re using the Crab Walk feature, putting the launch control Watts to Freedom system to work, or driving with the hands-free Super Cruise system, you’ve got a futuristic truck.
Is the Hummer EV a truly useful truck, or a bit of a gimmick?
How much does the GMC Hummer EV cost?
Kelley Blue Book tells us the starting price for the EV2 model is $79,995. This is extremely high as a starting price for a truck, but the Rivian R1T comes close to this same price level. The first models of the Hummer EV to arrive are the Edition 1 versions, which tip the pricing scale at $110.295. Unless you’re ready to drive a luxury vehicle, you probably don’t expect a truck to cost this much.
This GMC truck is extremely capable on the trails
The build and equipment included in this vehicle make it a perfect off-road machine. Although the Hummer EV has a heavy curb weight, virtual rear differentials, mechanical front differentials, torque vectoring, and the Crab Walk mode give this vehicle the capabilities needed to handle a great drive on any trail. This GMC offers excellent ground clearance, and it has massive underbody skid plates to protect the truck from obstacles.
What happens if you run out of battery life on the trails?
When driving out on the trails, you won’t find any DC Fast Charging stations. Although the GMC Hummer EV can charge at an 800-volt station and give you 100 miles of range in 10 minutes, you won’t find these stations on the trails. When you drive a gasoline or diesel-powered off-roader, you can carry extra fuel and refill your tanks so that you can continue the drive.
You’ll need to plan your off-road adventures and the battery life you need to avoid this truck being a gimmick when you take it out into the wilderness.
The GMC Hummer EV responds fast and is extremely quick
The electric motors of this electric truck respond immediately when you hit the accelerator. Even though this truck has a curb weight of nearly 9,000 pounds, it’s extremely quick. According to Hot Cars, the Hummer EV can hit 60 mph in only three seconds using the Watts to Freedom launch control system. Your friends in sports cars will be amazed when you beat them to the finish line in this truck.
The tow rating doesn’t make the Hummer EV a work truck
If you’re hoping the GMC Hummer EV would be the work truck to replace your old model, you might be a little disappointed. This big and powerful electric truck is only rated to tow 7,500 pounds and carry 1,300 pounds of payload. You’ll find higher ratings in the GMC Canyon, which is a midsize truck that can tow 7,700 pounds and won’t cost as much as the Hummer.
This GMC offers many upscale family qualities
Do you want a truck that brings excellent modern features and advanced qualities for your family to enjoy on the road? Here are some reasons you’ll be glad to take your family driving in this truck:
- Futuristic interior design
- Comfortable highway cruiser
- Excellent handling
- Spacious cabin for five passengers
- Long list of standard driver-assist features
- Impressive braking
Is this truck a good model for your needs or a gimmick?
The GMC Hummer EV is an excellent off-roader with impressive features and qualities that can make it a lot of fun for you to drive. If you need more than fun and bragging rights, you’ll probably be a little disappointed with the extremely high price, limited tow rating, and paltry payload numbers.
Overall, the Hummer EV is more of a novelty than a work truck, but it could be the novelty item you want to show off to your friends and family.