The Hummer EV Kicks Off the EV RV Tow Truck Era
RVers love their trucks, and why shouldn’t they? Those trucks tow the RVs those same truck lovers own. A capable truck is often what makes the difference between an enjoyable RV journey and a white-knuckle ride. RVers know that it’s vital to choose your truck and RV combination wisely.
Electric trucks are already poised to encroach on territory dominated by the Ford F-Series trucks. Tesla’s Cybertruck piqued the interest of RVers with its stout torque and towing capabilities. Now, GMC has done the same with its new truck, the Hummer EV. By resurrecting an old name with a newer shape and cutting edge technology, will the Hummer EV be the new favorite truck for RVers?
The GMC Hummer EV Torque
GMC’s new EV appears to be taking a page from several books. Building on the electric success of Tesla, the Jeep Wrangler’s open-air accessibility, and the Ford Bronco’s retro-revival style, the new Hummer appears to be hitting on all…electric motors.
Will the Hummer EV be a solid truck for RVers though? GMC currently estimates that their new EV will achieve up to 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque. Those are ridiculous numbers, and as of yet are still estimated. To put that torque number into perspective, here are a few examples that RVers can relate to:
- 1,850 lb-ft – Volvo D13 diesel engine found in 45 ft. Prevost luxury coaches.
- 1,150 lb-ft – 2021 Tiffin Phaeton 40 IH Class A motorhome
- 1,050 lb-ft – 2021 Ford F250/F350/F450 diesel truck
- 442 lb-ft – 2021 Jeep Wrangler diesel
For RVers looking to pull a travel trailer or 5th wheel, torque is more important than horsepower. Trucks Only states it well here;
“Torque is all about generating low-end power. It’s good for getting your vehicle in motion and on the move. Torque is good for trucks that need to pull a lot of weight around. In simple terms, you can think of torque as a measure of how much work your vehicle can do. A healthy amount of torque is what pulls you up hills and helps you haul trailers around.”
Hummer EV Specs
Here are some of the estimated Hummer EV specs as released by GMC.
- Horsepower – 1,000
- Torque – 11,500 lb-ft
- Driving Range on a full charge – 350 miles
- 0 – 60 mph – 3 seconds
- Ground Clearance – 11.9 inches (15.9 w/extract mode)
- Water Fording – 28 inches (32” w/extract mode)
Can I charge the Hummer EV at a campground?
The new GMC Hummer will use a 30-amp cord to charge. It is expected that like the Tesla, there will be adapters available to take the Hummer cord to a standard TT-30 campground pedestal receptacle.
One would also expect a J1772 adapter to be in the mix in some way, either included with the Hummer or as a separate purchase to charge your new EV at standard charging stations. GMC is offering some trim levels of the Hummer to include an 800 VDC fast charger to allow nearly 100 miles of range in just a 10-minute charge.
Can I flat tow a Hummer EV?
Very little detail is given at this time about flat towing the Hummer EV. We can however see the integrated tow hooks adorning both the front and rear bumpers. This leads us to believe that flat towing is a possibility.
Weight was not provided at this time, however, based on Rivian and Cybertruck weights, you can expect this new truck to weigh in at well over the 5,000 lb. towing limit set by smaller motorhomes. If you see one of these being towed behind a motorhome, it will likely be a larger one with a 10,000 lb or more towing capacity.
Hummer EV Crabwalk and other special features
Introduced with the new Hummer is a slew of interesting features. The Crabwalk certainly brings the wow-factor. Designed to help you get out of an off-road jam, Crabwalk utilizes the Hummer’s 4-wheel steering to allow driving diagonally, up to 10-degrees in either direction, to help with egress.
The new Hummer’s Extract Mode is another feature designed to help with off-roading. Extract mode utilizes an air suspension to raise the Hummer EV an additional 6 inches to clear obstacles and provide additional water fording.
Like the Jeep Wrangler, ever-popular with RVers, the new Hummer affords the ability to “go topless” by using modular sky panels as part of its Infinity Roof. Removing those panels reveals a luxurious interior and a very Tesla-like, large control screen.
Space isn’t a problem of course. With no internal combustion engine and transmission to get in the way, the interior appears quite spacious.
Hummer EV price and availability
If you aren’t in a hurry, the new GMC Hummer EV2 will start at $79,995. You’ll have to wait until 20243 for this “low-end” version. The initial launch will be with the Edition 1, starting at $112,595, slated to arrive in the fall of 2021. The EV3X at $99,995 and EV2X at $89,995 will follow in subsequent years, culminating with the EV2. These four models will round out the full line.
Time will tell how many will pony up the cash for these electric ponies. With that said, at the time of this writing, GMC’s official website noted that reservations were already full for the Edition 1.
The bigger picture is likely that this truck will continue to accelerate the EV era for all vehicles. If aftermarket manufacturers can expound on available accessories and options, the Hummer EV might be the perfect truck for RVers.
All around RV industry enthusiast who has been RVing for 8 years and enjoys trips with his wife and dogs in their diesel pusher.
There isn’t a way to disconnect the drive train so I don’t think you will be able to flat tow, there isn’t any other EV that is flat towable. The only way to tow this is on a trailer, the tow hooks is to pull it our of a stuck situation.
There’s not a word in this article about payload capacity, which to me is a red flag.
What a miserable trip; having to stop every 100 miles to re-charge.
With a price as high as it is suggested, it should run for a couple of years in a charge.
Sean Oleary says
Electric vehicles are as detrimental to the environment, if not more so, than their fossil-fuel counterparts. The amounts of energy needed to fuel the tremendous amounts of strip mining that has to occur to extract small amounts of rare-earth metals (neodymium, terbium, or dysprosium as well as lithium, copper, and nickel) for the tremendous amounts of batteries needed to power EVs should be considered a crime. The exploitation of the locations where these metals are found – 3rd world countries, of course – whose resources and populations are forced to serve their capitalist masters for pennies a day is again, a crime. The vast amounts of increased production of electricity needed for the electric vehicles and the resultant pollution is only relocated from the elimination of the tailpipe to the electric company’s smokestacks, EVs are but another ploy to get us to continually participate in killing the Earth, plundering its natural resources and driving a grotesque purchase-driven economy.
Richard G says
I was hoping you could have given us a guesstimate as to what towing say a 4500 lb travel dealer would do to the estimated 350 miles range of the Hummer Ev?
As a very crude estimate, towing a trailer of comparable weight to the truck and larger frontal area will likely cut the range roughly in half.
A. De says
No mention of fifth wheel capability. RV parks are full of fifth wheel trailers. A 10k fifth could put over 2 tons on on the pin. Can this vehicles drivetrain and suspension handle it?
I will never buy a GMC again aft the bailout BS.
Jesus Garza says
Quite the pretentious beast. The overpriced 2022 Hummer is definitely only for the well healed. This GMC EV is a fancy shiny object distracting you from the fact it’s still more than a year away from production, overweight and uses old EV tech. I do like the crab feature though. Great for parking in the city. I’d rather own the super sturdy, less expensive and significantly more techy Tesla CyberTruck.
John vaughn says
is great .but how much ? who can buy it is it affordable for the middle class or not
Richard G says
You can buy a gas powered Range Rover for over 110k. Given that, the Hummer Ev will be a deal, imo.
Randy Way says
Really key questions for RVers:
1. Is their an AC outlet powered by the battery pack? (e.g. 30A@120v)
2. For use in a toad configuration, can the regenerative brakes be used like a brake buddy?
At twice the price and half the range of the Cybertruck, no thanks.
Also re: 30A charging in campgrounds – it’s only 120V at best. 50A/240V service is far more practical for EV charging. 50A/240V will charge 4x as fast as 30A/120V, but still won’t fully charge (from near empty) the Hummer EV’s battery overnight. It would take days with the 30A/120V service.
John Frederick Dunsford says
all nice talk about range and towing ability, but nothing about payload which is just as critical. Also, what is range pulling a trailer??
Randy Boelsems says
So what is the tow capacity?
I’d take the Tesla over an overpriced GM any day. Experience counts and Tesla has years more than GM. Oh, price might have a little to do with my choice as well… About $70K worth.
D W says
So, the cruising range is 350 miles on a full charge. What will be the cruising range be once you attach 3 tons or more of TT or 5er to it? I suspect it will be cut in half. Any of the EV charging stations I’ve seen are not designed to be accessed with RV in tow. 10 minutes for every 100 miles sounds a little too tedious.
> What a miserable trip; having to stop every 100 miles to re-charge.
The range is actually 350 miles. The 100 mile comment in the article was saying it could do that much charging (when empty) in just 10 minutes.
> 1. Is their an AC outlet powered by the battery pack? (e.g. 30A@120v)
Very unlikely (my opinion). The EV companies don’t want to have their batteries used like this since they want reliability in charge cycles. This would cause much more cycling.
> 2. For use in a toad configuration, can the regenerative brakes be used like a brake buddy?
It will be interesting to see if the Hummer EV is even flat towable. The only EV where a manufacturer has mentioned flat tow capability is the Bollinger Motors truck which is even more off road capable (and more expensive).
Dan Morean says
If it’s flat towable, there will be one on the back of my motorhome for sure!