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The World’s-First All-Electric Supertruck Celebrates the Fourth of July With Launch Control

Video showcases its launch control mode’s revolutionary performance

By: GMC | Photos Courtesy of: GMC

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The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV combines American ingenuity with revolutionary performance that puts drivers in the middle of every moment. The ultimate expression of that performance will be offered in HUMMER EV’s own launch control mode, known as Watts to Freedom. This driver-selectable feature channels the propulsion system’s tremendous power into acceleration bursts — including reaching 0-60 mph in approximately 3 seconds.

“Watts to Freedom unlocks the full potential of the propulsion system and puts all of its available power to the pavement,” said Al Oppenheiser, HUMMER EV chief engineer. “It’s an all-encompassing experience unlike anything else — purpose-built for straight-line fun.”

Three electric motors within the Ultium Drive system are expected to offer a GM-estimated up to 1,000 horsepower and, when multiplied through the front- and rear-drive unit gear ratios, offer up to 11,500 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. The HUMMER EV’s extraordinary capabilities will blend with engaging user-experience technologies, creating a sense of intensity and drama for drivers and passengers.

GMC Hummer EV Electric Supertruck Launch Control
The GMC Hummer EV electric supertruck celebrates the Fourth of July by showcasing its launch control mode’s revolutionary performance

As the vehicle readies itself for Watts to Freedom, a series of interior experiences convey the feeling of a “pre-launch countdown,” including interactive controls, unique sounds through the Bose speakers and engaging screen animations. The vehicle also activates the Adaptive Air Suspension and lowers 2 inches to prepare for the launch, providing a lower center of gravity.

“It’s an amazing demonstration of just how fast 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of electric propulsion can move you,” said Oppenheiser. “It’ll put a smile on your face every single time.”

American ingenuity is combined with American manufacturing as the HUMMER EV will be the first all-electric vehicle in GMC’s portfolio powered by General Motors’ new Ultium battery system. The battery cells will be produced as part of a joint venture with LG Energy Solution, at a new facility in Lordstown, Ohio.

Initial production of the HUMMER EV begins in fall 2021, at GM’s Factory ZERO, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center3 — a nearly 40-year-old facility repurposed and retooled with a $2.2-billion investment devoted to electric vehicle production. Future production vehicles out of the factory will offer zero emissions.

Performance targets, estimates and capability specifications based on computer-aided analysis and simulation using virtual engineering tools. Estimates may vary depending on model and trim. Additional model and trim details can be found at GMC.com. Actual production model and results may vary.

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