General Motors calls its upcoming GMC Hummer EV “The World’s First Supertrick” and on paper it sounds like it could be.
The off-road battery-powered off-road battery will be available as a pickup or SUV and will feature GM Super Cruise driver support, 350 kW Tesla charging capability and a 1,000 hp model that can accelerate to 60 mph in three seconds.
It also has an adrenaline regimen, which is probably related to its maximum performance, but also something called the Crab regimen, which is more of a mystery.
GMC did not process what it was at all. Ford demonstrated the front trunk of its electric Mustang Mach-E by filling it with shrimp, but while the Hummer EV also has a so-called “trunk”, we’re sure the Crab mode is something completely different.
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One clue may come from a military truck called the Scarabée designed by Volvo’s Arquus military vehicle manufacturer.
The light armored vehicle is equipped with all-wheel steering, which allows it to move obliquely when all are directed in the same direction, which the company refers to as a “crab” movement, although it is not able to go perfectly sideways like a crustacean.
Orientation the front and rear wheels in opposite directions allows the animal to make narrower turns than would be possible with a conventional setting. Although designed primarily to assist in maneuvering Scarabée in tactical situations, both features could be useful on narrow terrain roads, not to mention parking.
The GMC has not confirmed that the Hummer EV will have rear-wheel drive, but that would not be the first for the brand. From 2002 to 2005, the GMC Sierra pickup was available with an option called the Quadrasteer, which failed a “crab” but allowed the full-size truck to turn as fast as the Saturn coupe.
The launch truck for the electric truck used by Rivian’s pickup uses four electric motors that allow it to “turn” on the spot by feeding them in opposite directions, but they can’t move sideways … as far as we know.
Further details on the GMC Hummer EV will be released in the coming months before full disclosure sometime in the fall, when order books open for deliveries scheduled for early 2021. But one thing is certain: GMC’s “supertruck” should have no difficulty removing crab bushes. home from the fish market.
Either in bed or on the frunk.
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