GMC retired the original Hummer in 2010 when rising post-recession gas prices convinced more and more people that buying a gigantic road-hog with the fuel consumption of a sewer drainage pipe was not a financially savvy choice. Sales of the expensive road hog plummeted, and the company couldn’t keep up the production anymore.
Ten years later, the Hummer is back: the General Motors brand thinks the time’s right to resurrect the road giant as an electric super-truck, along the lines traced by Tesla’s “Cybertruck.” The specs are still completely out of scale: three electric motors for a total of 1000 horsepower, adjustable air suspensions, 350 miles range, and the worrying capability of moving its entire mass from 0 to 60 miles in 3 seconds. Everything in this new EV Hummer is excessive, as the brand commands, including the fact the all four wheels can turn at the same time. It’s called “Crab Mode” (yes, you got it, it’s because the car will move like a crab). According to GMC, it will be useful to get out of “extreme off-road situations such as clearing boulders or fording water.”
The new design is probably a bit too elegant and not menacing enough for the vehicle’s target buyers, though. On the other hand, the price will make sure the new Hummer will still be a status symbol car that rappers can squander their money on. The EV Edition 1, expected to ship in fall 2021, will start at $112,595. Cheaper and less powerful versions are planned for each year from then to 2024.