GMC Hummer Crushes BEV Stereotypes


Some may see the GMC Hummer EV Pickup as a contradiction. The gigantic wheels, robust profile, curb weight of almost 5 tons and ground clearance that you can take anywhere are not what comes to mind when you say the words “battery electric vehicle”.

But that’s exactly what makes the Hummer EV the 2022 winner of Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems.

Is it a bit over the top? Naturally. But in an era when the industry is still figuring out what’s possible with electrification, the Hummer EV is the moonshot, an in-your-face demonstration of what can be done at the very limits of electric vehicle engineering.

The Hummer just laughs at anyone who suggests that battery electrics are just “compliance vehicles” these days. This huge pickup can generate 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb.-ft. (15,592 Nm) of torque from its three electric motors and still deliver a range of 529 km between charges.

You wouldn’t expect a vehicle with the military pedigree of the Hummer EV to have a drag-strip mode, but it does. The Watts to Freedom launch control can take the vehicle from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just three seconds.

Our $110,000 fully-charged Edition 1 tester draws its power from GM’s new Ultium battery pack, in this case filled with 24-cell modules that add up to 212 kWh of usable power. The 800V pack can be charged on an ultra-fast charger at speeds of up to 350 kW/hr, meaning approximately 160 miles (161 km) of range can be added in about 10 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, the Hummer EV wasn’t the most energy-efficient BEV in our field of nominees, hitting around 1.6 miles/kWh. But that’s not what this car is about. It’s a Rubicon class, carry everything, crab walk, travel at the speed of light, monster of a truck aimed at those who don’t mind a bit of attention on or off the road – and can afford to do it.

“There is rreally not yet a BEV competitor to this beast in terms of size or power,” notes 10th best judge Christie Schweinsberg, who was stunned by the Hummer EV’s “whiplash-inducing torque” as she stepped on the accelerator.

Summarizes tester Drew Winter:Love it or hate it, the Hummer is destroying all the old EV stereotypes and destroying all the old frontiers.”

Hummer crushes BEV fungus.