In the wide world of electric vehicles, the Hummer EV is the cargo hauler’s dream and has some impressive stats to boost. For some, it is also a family car. Hummer is known for its large square-footage and you would think that you can fit lots and lots of humans inside. Does the Hummer EV have a third row of seats, and how does it stack up against the competition? This is what we will be looking at today.
The Hummer EV does not have a third row of seats and only has seats for five occupants, which is unusual when compared to competitor vehicles like the Rivian R1S.
The Hummer EV may not have third row of seats, but it certainly has some other impressive features (and the price tag to match). If you’re looking into getting the GM Hummer EV, then there’s some important information you should know before you buy. The rest of this article will explore the design and features of the Hummer EV to see if it’s worth your time.
The GMC Hummer EV Overview
The electric Hummer comes in 2 options, an SUV or a pickup. Both have about the same interior in terms of seating capacity. Both have cargo room in the back, about the same amount but the SUV has the cargo area enclosed within the vehicle and the pickup has it open to the elements. The pickup version has a 5′ bed that can be extended and made into a 6′ bed with the tailgate open. It can obviously carry more cargo as it is not enclosed so it can be stacked, rigged and strapped as needed.
The front has 2 bucket seats with a large center console in the middle and the back has room for 3. With the Hummer EV being 7.2′ wide, the interior is about 6′ wide. An average person’s width is about 16″, you can potentially fit 4 people back there. Unfortunately there will not be enough seat belts to buckle 4 people so this is not safe to do, so don’t do it.
Comparable with the Rivian R1S and the Tesla Model X, the Hummer EV has a similar look to the current decade Hummer H2. As far as the aesthetics go, it follows the trend of electric trucks and SUVs, with harder edges and a minimal profile in contrast to the large and in charge look of gas-powered pickups.
Proclaimed a super-truck by GM, the GMC Hummer EV is an expensive and exclusive brand that boasts incredible off-road potential, interior styling, and all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a vehicle with such a high price tag.
Surprisingly, this monster costs just $15 more per month to charge than gassing up a motorcycle, so you do save a lot on that and still get the monster power you expect from a Hummer.
Impossible To Miss Exterior
The exterior design of the Hummer EV mirrors the looks of the Hummer H2 and H3, although the SUV version is dramatically shorter than its pickup counterpart. GMC has said this improves off-road performance significantly and shortens the turning circle.
If you look at it just standing there, even without seeing the badging you will know it is a Hummer. Its original body lines and shapes are still present, they are just massaged a little more and rounded off a bit. A bit too much in my opinion. I feel like they made it a little more rounded than I would like.
Its wide stance and beefy look announces its presence with an aggressive “I have arrived!” for all to turn heads and stare. I mean this is why one would get a Hummer in the first place, to get the stares.
The Extract Mode
Nobody has this feature that I know of. Called the Extract mode. This function allows you to raise the truck 6″ higher to give it the clearance to get out of a situation or to go off-road and have some fun in the mud. This uses the air suspension and can be raised and lowered on demand.
The urge to go off road is also encouraged with the multiple under-car cameras that you can use to look under and see whats happening there so you can avoid obstacles as you navigate the harsh terrain. This truck really wants you to take it off road.
Comfort Cockpit Interior
If you recall the cramped interior of the original Hummer H1, then the design choices of the Hummer EV will be a sigh of relief. The Hummer EV has space for adults of all shapes and sizes on all their seats and have suitable adjustments available.
Described as “immersive,” GMC’s Hummer EV features a Lunar Shadow or Lunar Horizon theme. The Lunar Shadow interior is jet black and taupe complemented by tech bronze accents, while the Lunar Horizon is jet black and light gray.
Of course, both the pickup and the SUV versions feature an Infinity Roof that allows most of the top to be removed to let the outside world in.
You can customize your settings on the top-of-the-line Bose audio system, haptic feedback, and custom screen displays. The HD Surround Vision system allows for 14 camera views of the vehicle, upgradable to 17 with the Extreme Off-Road Package.
If you’re so inclined, you can use your phone as a key for several features, including having your vehicle light up when you approach, open the car for you, and start the engine. Naturally, this truck comes kitted with great screens, boasting a 13.4-inch multimedia display and 12.3-inch driver’s screen.
Specs and Power
The Hummer EV is a beast off-road, having incredible acceleration, great off-road prowess, and an excellent range for an electric vehicle. Specifically, the Edition 1, has a three-motor setup with a 20-module battery that’s double stacked, offering an estimated 300 miles of range.
If you upgrade to the Extreme Off-Road Package, the range sits somewhere around 280 miles. You can read more about the range in an article we wrote earlier where we discuss the details about electric vehicle range. The two-motor system available on some models has up to 625 hp and 7500 pounds per feet of torque. By comparison, the three-motor system has up to 830 hp and 11,500 pounds per feet of torque.
As we get closer to release date, it’s looking like the Hummer EV is going to sit somewhere in the middle with around 1000 hp.
Reportedly, the Edition 1 Hummer EV can hit 60 mph in just 3 seconds by using the Watts to Freedom mode. This is accomplished with an adjustable ride height allowing the batteries to access full power.
Perhaps the best feature of the Hummer EV is the revolutionary Crabwalk and Extract Mode available, offering some incredible off-road features. The Crabwalk utilizes the vehicle’s 4-wheel steer to drive diagonally when operating at low speeds. As such, it can manage tight trails with ease.
The Extract Mode can help you traverse boulders or ford streams much more easily by adaptively raising the suspension 6” to overcome difficult obstacles. The approach angle is an impressive 49.7 degrees with a departure angle of 36.4 degrees. The breakover angle is 32.2 degrees with a water-fording depth capability of 32 inches.
If you want to tackle these hurdles in standard mode, the Hummer EV offers a 41.5 degree approach angle, departure angle of 31.6 degrees, breakover nearing 22.3 degrees, and a fording depth capability of 26 inches.
These specs are better than even the top-tier vehicles like the Ram 1500 TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor, which boast some great off-road success. The Hummer EV comes with standard 35-inch tires that can handle both on and off-road adventures.
The adaptive air suspensions system can adjust based on driving conditions and will raise or lower depending on the clearance required.
What’s Included in the EV Hummer
There are a lot of great features you can expect when you purchase your Hummer EV, including the following:
- 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires
- Adaptive air suspension
- Four-wheel drive with front and rear differential locking potential
- 17+ cameras
- Underbody skid plates
- Trailer hitch and brake control
- Heated and ventilated seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Removable roof panels
- A 13.4-inch touchscreen
- Compatibility with wireless connectivity
- A 14-speaker audio system
- Wireless charger
Of course, with a purchase price of $108,700, it’s no wonder that this vehicle comes kitted with just about everything you’d need.
Availability Not So Available
Just like anything these days, the Hummer EV starts production in 2023 but you will probably not start seeing it on the streets until 2024. It is unfortunate with the chip shortage that most new cars and trucks are just about stuck. Most people that buy a new vehicle today have to wait indefinitely and hope and dream that they can get the truck they ordered some time this decade.
If I was to buy a new truck today I think I would buy something that is already on the lot and not have to wait years. I am just that impatient. Haha.
With the Hummer EV though, you don’t have much choice. If you really want one then you might as well get on the list asap so you can have the first dibs on one once they start coming out. And in the mean time get a gas Hummer and start getting used to the size that it is so you can go around corners and not catch the light poles. Once the EV comes out you can trade it in and swap it out for the electric one.
The GMC Hummer EV is an impressive powerhouse, especially if you love off-roading. For some people, the lack of a third row of seats might be a dealbreaker, since this vehicle can only hold five passengers. With that being said, the numerous impressive features and off-road capabilities make this vehicle a top of the line pick.
Valik loves tinkering in the garage and is currently restoring a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 truck. He also writes about the progress on this blog. When not in the garage, Valik is also a web developer and a blogger. I know, strange, a hand in two completely different worlds. And that is the way he likes to keep it.