General Motors is calling its next GMC Hummer EV “The World’s First Supertruck” and on paper, it looks like it could be.
The battery-powered off-roader, which the company has teased with shady images, will be offered as a pickup or SUV and has the help of GM helping the Super Cruise driver hands-off, Tesla-beating 350 kW charging capacity and a 1,000 hp model that can accelerate to 60 mph in three seconds.
It also has Adrenaline Mode, which is likely to go along with its maximum performance, but also something called Crab Mode which is more of a mystery.
GMC has not elaborated anything on what it is. Ford showed off the front trunk, or “frunk” of its electric Mach-E Mustang by filling it with shrimp, but while the Hummer EV has the so-called “frunk,” we’re pretty sure the Mode Crab is something completely different.
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One clue may come from a military truck called the Scarabée designed by Volvo Group’s Arquus military vehicle manufacturer.
The light armored vehicle has a four-wheel direction that allows it to move diagonally when all are indicated in the same direction, which the company refers to as a “crab” movement, although it is not able to go perfectly to the side.
Pointing the front and rear wheels in opposite directions allows the behemoth to make tighter turns than is possible with a conventional set. While they are intended primarily to aid Scarabée’s maneuver in tactical situations, both features can fit well on tight off-road trails, not to mention while parked.
GMC has not confirmed that the Hummer EV will have rear steering capability, but it will not be the first one for the brand. From 2002 to 2005 the GMC Sierra pickup was available with an option called a Quadrasteer that was not capable of “crab”, but allowed the full-size truck to turn as drastically as the Saturn coupe.
The startup of Rivian’s electric truck company uses four electric motors that allow it to perform “tank turning” in place by running them in opposite directions, but you can’t move sideways … as far as we know .
More details on the GMC Hummer EV will be released in the coming months before its full disclosure sometime this late, when order books open for scheduled deliveries starting in late 2021. One thing is for sure, however: GMC’s “supertruck” should have no trouble pulling a bush of crabs from home from the fish market.
Either in bed or in the frunk.
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