On Thursday, GMC tweeted a Hummer EV badge with a crab graphic, seemingly a reference to the "Crab Mode" previously mentioned by the automaker. Well, GMC has now posted a video on its YouTube page revealing something known as "Crab Mode" that will reportedly debut with the electric pickup. Rivian's system allows a vehicle to spin around within its own length, but in reality the tech takes utilizes the Hummer EV's four-wheel steering to side-step like a crab allowing the big electric vehicle to move diagonally. Add 1,000 horsepower for good measure, and you will understand why GMC refers to this fellow as a supertruck instead of an off-road electric pickup truck.
Not much is known about the Hummer EV, although the automaker has released a few specs, including that it will produce the equivalent of 1,000 horsepower, have a 0 to 60 miles per hour acceleration of 3 seconds and 11,500 feet of torque. There are no speculations on the price yet except that it will be on the premium side of the spectrum with the Tesla Cybertruck as its prime rival that came late past year at a starting price of $39,900. A GM spokesperson confirmed that the company plans to begin producing the GMC Hummer in late 2021.
Besides the Crab Mode, the Hummer EV will also have a Jeep-like removable roof and be built at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
The Hummer was the civilian version of the US Military vehicle called the Humvee. with the first model based on the original H1. But as the Hummer was a gas guzzler, and meeting emissions would have been hard, GM pulled the plug on it as demand began to drop in the late 2000s.