General Motors is calling its upcoming 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 features GM’s hands-off Super Cruise driver assistance, Tesla-beating 350 kW charge capacity and 1,000 hp There will be a model. Can hold a speed of 60 mph in three seconds.
It also has an adrenaline mode, which probably runs alongside its maximum performance, but something called Crab Mode is a mystery.
GMC is not explained in detail. Ford displayed its electric Mustang Mach-E’s front trunk, or “frunk”, by filling it with shrimp, but while the Hummer EV has a so-called “frunk”, we’re sure the Crab mode is something completely different.
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A clue may come from a military truck called the Scarabee designed by the Volvo Group-owned military vehicle manufacturer Arcuse.
The light-armored vehicle has four-wheel steering that allows it to move diagonally when they are all pointed in the same direction, which the company refers to as “crab” speed, although it is completely sideways Not able to go
Pointing the front and rear wheels in opposite directions allows the behemoth to make tighter turns than would be possible with a conventional setup. Although they are primarily intended to help in Scaraby maneuvers in tactical situations, both features can come in handy on tight off-road trails, while parking is not mentioned.
GMC has not confirmed that the Hummer EV will have rear-steering capability, but it will not be the first time for the brand. From 2002 to 2005 the GMC Sierra pickup was available with an option called the Quadraster that was not able to ‘crab’, but allowed full-size trucks to turn as fast as the Saturn Coupe.
The startup electric truck company Rivian’s pickup uses four electric motors that allow it to perform a “tank turn” by powering it in opposite directions, but it can’t run sideways … as far as we Know.
Further details on the GMC Hammer EV will be released in the coming months, shortly before this full fall, when the order book opens for delivery starting in late 2021. One thing is certain, however: GMC’s “Superbreak” should have no trouble settling the crabs home from the fish market.
Either in bed or in the frunk.
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