New Hummer EV cruises tough terrain in ‘Crab Mode’

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Could the revitalized Hummer EV get more unique than the original? Yes. How about a feature called “Crab Mode?”

The soon-to-debut, all-electric Hummer EV truck will include a feature allowing the vehicle to move terrain diagonally like a sand-dwelling crustacean.

Crab Mode will be enabled by the electric pickup truck’s four-wheel steering capability. Its functionality is “tailor-made for off-roading customers,” the manufacturer said.

The new Hummer EV will feature 'Crab Mode.''
The new Hummer EV will feature ‘Crab Mode.”

Planned for a May debut, the anticipated return of the Hummer was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hummer EV has a military heritage

The odd-looking, testosterone-loaded Hummer was first marketed when AM General began selling a civilian version of the M998 Humvee. The brand endured different owners and hiatus production time frames.

GM announced earlier this year it was reviving the Hummer brand for a 1,000-horsepower electric pickup truck and SUV.

The Hummer EV SUT will ride on GM’s third-generation EV platform. The company also said that its truck-based models will have an 800-volt architecture with 350-kWh fast-charging capability. That indicates the Hummer could have a driving range of up to 400 miles.

The Hummer pickup truck is scheduled for production in late 2021, with deliveries soon after. It’s predicted to have a towing capacity between 7500 and 11,000 pounds as well as a payload capacity between 1,500 and 3,500 pounds.

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