GM Resurrects Hummer As an Electric GMC Pickup With Huge Power Figures

Chad Kirchner
by Chad Kirchner
gm resurrects hummer as an electric gmc pickup with huge power figures

General Motors, like every other automaker, is busy working on its electric future. The most exciting EV model yet to emerge from The General will fall under the GMC nameplate. It’ll be a pickup. And it’ll be badged as a Hummer. A 1,000 horsepower Hummer.

The automaker plans to tease the GMC Hummer EV during this year’s Super Bowl with a series of commercials touting the truck’s performance. Each of the commercials is silent, highlighting the fact that the new truck won’t make the traditional noises a performance vehicle does.

In addition to the model’s 1,000 horsepower, GMC claims the Hummer EV will make 11,500 lb-ft of torque. That should be good for a 0-60 mph time of around 3 seconds.

For comparison, the triple-motor Tesla Cybertruck should offer similar numbers when it goes on sale. GMC isn’t providing range estimates, charging times, or word on how much the darn thing is going to cost. We’ll know more as we get closer to the official reveal, slated for May 20th, and the eventual on-sale date. But GM is getting into the full-EV truck game in a big way.

“GMC builds premium and capable trucks and SUVs and the GMC Hummer EV takes this to new heights,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC.

In a lot of ways, it makes sense to bring what’ll likely be an expensive EV truck to GMC. Most of GMC’s sales are drawn from higher-trim models, such as the new AT4 and ubiquitous Denali sub-brands. It’ll be an easier sell. It also makes a lot of sense to resurrect the Hummer name in a time where large SUVs and pickup trucks are in high demand, even as governments are looking to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.

It’s going to be an interesting year in this segment, that’s for sure.

[Image: General Motors]

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  • Mopar4wd Mopar4wd on Jan 31, 2020

    Tens of Thousands of XJ and ZJ offroaders may contend unibody is just fine for 90% of offroading. I had one best offroad vehicle I ever owned. Range rover changes to Unibody a while back and gather they still do well offroad (it's not the frame that breaks at least).

    • White Shadow White Shadow on Feb 01, 2020

      Only the truly uninformed bash unibody for offroading. Jeep and Land Rover are just two brands that have had enormous success building unibody vehicles with amazing capabilities over the long term. But in all honesty, it doesn't really matter these days because the market is dictated by buyers who have no interest in offroading. It's an image thing at best. Most people don't drive in conditions that require the maximum capabilities of their 4wd vehicles.

  • Wheatridger Wheatridger on Feb 01, 2020

    Great- now there's a vehicle that promises the smugness of a Prius and the menace of a Panzer tank. It's doubly dystopian!

    • Mcs Mcs on Mar 01, 2020

      "smugness of a Prius"?? I've seen smugness from drivers of all types of vehicles. Besides, I think most prius owners are now interested in it's new role as the cockroach of the highways. You just can't kill the things. They're also good for 40+ mpg at 80 mph.

  • Wjtinfwb Over the years I've owned 3, one LH (a Concorde) a Gen 1 300 and a Gen 2 300C "John Varvatos". The Concorde was a very nice car for the time with immense room inside and decent power from the DOHC 3.5L. But quality was awful, it spent more time in the shop than the driveway. It gave way to a Gen 1 300, OK but the V6 was underwhelming in this car compared to the Concorde but did it's job. The Gen 1's letdown was the awful interior with acres of plastic, leather that did it's best imitation of vinyl and a featureless dashboard that looked lifted from a cheaper car. My last one was a '14 300C John Varvatos with the Pentastar. Great car, sufficient power and exceptional highway mileage. The interior was much better than the original as well. It was felled by a defective instrument cluster that took over 90 days to fix and was ultimately lemon law' d back to FCA. I'd love one of the 392 powered final edition 300s but understand they're already sold out and if I had an extra 60k available, would likely choose a CPO BMW 540i for comparable money.
  • Dukeisduke Thanks Cary. Folks need to make sure they buy the correct antifreeze, since there are so many OEM-specific ones out there nowadays (Dex-Cool, Ford gold, Toyota red and pink, etc.).And sorry to hear about your family situation - my wife and I have been dealing with her 88-yo mom, moving her into independent senior living, selling her house, etc. It's a lot to deal with.
  • FreedMike Always lusted after that first-gen 300 - particularly the "Heritage Edition," which had special 300 badging and a translucent plastic steering wheel (ala the '50s and '60s "letter cars").
  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.