Straight from the USA. It’s not every day that you get into a car with over 1,000 horsepower, weighing more than two giraffes and going from 0 to 100 km/h in just three seconds. It’s all in the Hummer EV, GMC’s first large-capacity electric Jeep, and digital view was in the USA to tour the General Motors race track and talk about the experience of driving this huge car.
Let’s start with the location, the General Motors race track is located around the city of Milford, Michigan, USA. All kinds of vehicles that the GM group creates have already existed before, whether it’s Chevrolet or GMC, self-driving Cruise cars or even luxury Cadillacs.
There are over 210 kilometers of all sorts of trails, with all sorts of possible scenarios, and I was on one of them, focusing on dirt and no asphalt. The reduced number of units produced for the huge Hummer electric car, since the car hadn’t even started shipping to those who wanted to buy it, had guests walk only once, and the return took just over 10 minutes.
The Hummer EV is huge. The wheelbase is 3.21 meters, the height is 2.05 meters, forcing to jump on the stirrup (I’m 1.65 meters tall) and the width is 2.38 meters. Its length is five meters, and it all fits two battery packs on the ground, which provide more than twice as much energy as in traditional electric vehicles. Approximately here it is 212.7 kWh, which, since the weight is more than two giraffes (four tons), the power is more focused on acceleration and torque than on autonomy away from the charger.
The new Hummer EV has 520 kilometers on a single charge if you want to make it easy on yourself with a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in about three seconds. In comparison, the Porsche 911 Turbo S reaches this peak in 2.8 seconds and weighs 2.4 times less. The colossal electric car from GMC has three motors for combined work, generating a total of 1013 horsepower and all-wheel drive.
What is it like to drive a Hummer EV
Okay, technical data aside, now it’s time to talk about the experience of having these two giraffes running on the ground. The Hummer brand never aspired to be huge, and here all this gigantic size is helped by a lot of technology to get out of any place. The first thing that draws attention is the sum of the 18 cameras (yes, EIGHTEEN) scattered all over the place. It even has one pointing down, which helps when climbing uphill.
There are even cameras aimed at the tires, each with its own lens, to make sure the kittens are not sleeping there.
The rear wheels can also turn, reaching up to 10 degrees. It is not enough to start the car sideways, but it goes diagonally without difficulty. GMC calls this feature Crab Mode. It changes direction so much that you have to press and hold the steering mode button for a few seconds until the activation happens properly.
Speaking of driving mode, the Terrain boosts the mechanical brake with engine regeneration to prevent skidding, and I tried hard to keep the Hummer EV on the ground.
Be that as it may, getting into the Hummer electric car was easy, but getting out was difficult. That’s $112,000 for those who live there in the United States, and I swear I’d even live in a car if I had the chance.