2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup: First Drive
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2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup: First Drive

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Speaker 1: It is a beautiful fall day. I am here at GM's proving ground in Milford, Michigan. And this right here is a brand new GMC Hummer EV pickup truck. And they are stupid enough to let me drive of it. You know, I don't know what the PR department was thinking, but I am so excited to get behind the wheel. Speaker 1: [00:00:30] So this is a very early look at an engineering mule and addition, one version of the new Hummer truck here, it's fitted with 35 inch mud tires. It's got rock rails and a fail length of underbody shielding to make this thing a beast off road. Now it also features a three motor drive train that gets you about a thousand horsepower plus 11,500 pound feet of wheel toque. Now in real numbers, that's about 1200 [00:01:00] pound feet. The motors still, that should be enough to get this brick shaped vehicle from a standstill to 60 miles per hour. In about three seconds, an engineer is going to demonstrate that to me, the so-called Watts, two freedom drive motor WTF, beyond that, we're gonna take this thing offroad. We're also going to experience it on the handling course a lot to see it be very exciting. So keep watching, but before getting to all that, let's start off easy and see how this heavyweight truck handles [00:01:30] a little dirt. Okay. So now we are on a section of gravel road. I've got the truck in off road mode and I'm told this sort of this, let's get a little bit looser, a bit more yaw, a little bit wheel spin. Uh, I've been told to just punch the accelerator and see what happens. Um, I can't wait to do it. Let's see what happens. Speaker 2: Oh, that'll get side by. Yep. Look at that little counter, Stephen Little counter steer. Speaker 1: [00:02:00] It doesn't show up well on video, but even on dirt, this heavyweight truck moves the acceleration here. Isn't brutal. That comes later because all that torque has no trouble spinning those gnarly 35 inch tires. And despite its size, the humer EV pickup is willing to get a little tail happy. If you're feeling frisky with all kinds of off-road hardware, it should be no surprise. The Hummer is a beast out on the trail, but it's enormous size can cause problems helping alleviate [00:02:30] some of them and ultra vision camera system with 18 views is available, which can be a God Sendout on the trail. It's interesting because this truck has such a broad flat hood. You really can't see over it. And if I kind of sit up in my seat, it's a pretty steep drop down there. So it's very helpful to have a camera system like this on board ultra vision largely eliminates the need for a spotter or hanging your head out the window to see what's around the next bend. The system also [00:03:00] provides a top down 360 degree view of the vehicle. And it even has an underbody camera that can look forward or backward. So you can see obstacles and steer around them. This Speaker 3: Is really the key mode for this type of system, right? So this is a combination of 360 view front bumper view and under body view. So what you can do is you can already see some cones. Yep. And this really comes in handy if you're at an articulation angle, but you can't see your spotter. Yep. Yep. You're able to kind of see them through here. Yep. So what we're gonna do is we'll we'll roll forward. I'll I'll put it just SL just on the [00:03:30] front mode for now. Okay. Just so you can kind of pick out a rock, you wanna put your tire on. Okay. You know, look ahead obviously. Um, and we'll just roll forward. Slow. You can leave it in dry or you can put it in low, whatever you feel drive is fine. The, and so here is what your wheels are doing. You're looking for sharp rocks. Anything that could get you hung up on something and you can see where your front tires are going at all times. And obviously in this view, you can see if there was a tree or a branch or something that was a hazard to the side of your vehicle. You know, we got rocks sliders. That's all good. So Speaker 1: With full-time and four wheel [00:04:00] drive and adjustable air suspension system and nearly 16 inches of ground clearance when the available extract mode is engaged, this all electric super truck is incredibly capable off road, but given its massive exterior dimensions, you might think the new humer would be a nightmare on tight trails, but that's not necess Sara the case. Yes, it's a huge vehicle. But with available four wheel steering, this rig is shockingly agile. And can turn about as tightly as [00:04:30] a Honda civic sedan. Yeah. Look it up. If you don't believe me, it's nuts. Four wheel steering not only makes the humer pickup turn tighter. It enables other functionality. That's Speaker 3: Crazy. We've engaged the crab walk mode. You basically press and hold a button here on the center console. And now we're just, we're traming across this lane here, which is crazy. It Speaker 1: Almost feels like we're driving on ice or something, but I could totally see how this would make Speaker 3: The humer much more maneuverable in tight conditions. [00:05:00] We have actually done. We've used this off road. Actually. I used it yesterday while we were setting up the rock horse. My wheel got stuck. Oh yeah. Kind of a bad line. So I just crab walked off to the side and I actually got in a better line. I was able to get off. Speaker 1: It feels so weird. Crab walking that Hummer down the road. It's almost like you're sliding the back end around though. That's not at all. What's happening. Crabwalk is a nifty parlor trick. And it's undeniably useful in certain situations, but let's be honest. Probably 98% [00:05:30] of owners will never take their Hummers anywhere. More challenging than a gravel parking lot. Pavement is where these all electric beasts will spend their days. I mean that and the Starbucks drive through accordingly engineers worked hard to make this truck refined and comfortable in daily use on GM's undulating handling course. The humer pickup is entirely enjoyable. Body remains planted while driving overruling pavement and even large suspension inputs do nothing to perturb it. [00:06:00] Thanks to its body frame. Integral structure. Think of this as a cross between antibody and body on frame construction. This truck feels as stiff as reinforced concrete. Speaker 1: And unfortunately, nearly as heavy. There is absolutely no hiding. The humer pickups of bulk. This vehicle feels Gargan from behind the wheel and especially while sneaking it through corners. This engineering mule steering is vague and the truck is not eager to change directions though. I can't proclaim judgment [00:06:30] until after I actually drive a production model. Curb crushing bulk is the issue here. Now, GM won't confirm this. I asked, but rumor has it. The humer EV pickup weighs around 9,000 pounds. Despite this astonishing heft with 1000 horses on tap, it can still move like an Olympic sprinter to experience this truck's true performance. I had to swap seats with my GM chaperone. So this is drew. He's a vehicle performance engineer for chassis controls. He's going [00:07:00] to demonstrate the Watts to freedom, the WTF acceleration mode that should get this Humber truck to 60 miles per hour in about three seconds. He's gonna punch it here. And we're gonna experience that. So whenever you're ready, Speaker 2: It's like a clutch drop, but way more, this thing just drop kicks. You. Holy. That is seriously quick. Yeah. And this vehicle is shaped [00:07:30] like a brick and it still feels like hell, Speaker 1: That acceleration is hard to describe. It's so force so brutal. It almost takes your breath away for a second. Watts to freedom is not supposed to be used on public roads, but nobody's looking over your shoulder. If you decide to use it on a highway on ramp or through a school zone, actually, probably don't wanna do that to engage this feature though, just double tap the traction control button and then stand [00:08:00] on the pedals and release the brake. When you're instructed, it's never been easier to terrify your passengers or innocent bystanders. One thing Speaker 3: I like to show here, right? We're doing 50 miles an hour on, on, on a freeway somewhere and you need to pass somebody. And the cool thing is it just has instantaneous passing. Yes. And I'm still the wants of freedom, which you wouldn't be on the highway way. I can, I can exit lot of freedom. That's just a push in the trash control. What it'll revert back to the normal mode or my mode, whatever mode you want to put it back into and you still get the same [00:08:30] punchy acceleration, right? So I'm sitting here doing 60 miles an hour and I get around this guy And then just it's addictive to yeah. All the time. Speaker 2: That's the advantage of electric. Speaker 1: So what do you think of this new GMC Hummer? EV all electric pickup truck. It's pretty impressive. Isn't it? This thing feels super refined. It drives well on the handling course. It's amazingly capable off road and the WTF mode, man. [00:09:00] I think it still liquified my organs. This thing is astonishingly quick though. I've gotta say I'm not entirely surprised. GM promised super truck performance here, and they've basically delivered still. It's good that they checked all of those bot Xs. Anyway, thank you so much for watching. Make sure to like, and subscribe if you're feeling generous and we'll see you next time.

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