The GMC Hummer EV Has Crabs

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Crab Mode, that is.

If ever there were a time for scores of GM employees to all tweet in unison about sea food, we guess it would be 2020. A thoroughly twisted, bizarre year, all things considered.

On Thursday, countless North American GM employees took to social media like Facebook and Twitter to spread an identical image and caption hyping the so-called "Crab Mode" in the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV.

"Real revolutionaries forge their own direction," the caption reads, over an image of a black octagonal Hummer EV logo with a big red crab in the middle. It's vaguely reminiscent of the Dharma Initiative logo from the TV series Lost, but don't read into that too much.

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To be clear, this isn't the first time we're hearing about Crab Mode. The new GMC Hummer EV feature was teased in a video back in July, and at the time, we speculated that it might refer to a new tight-radius turn trick the Hummer might be capable of, similar to the Rivian R1T's zero-radius "tank turn." That tank turn relies on the fact that Rivian's powertrain has four independent, individual wheel motors, allowing it to rotate the wheels on one side of the truck forward while the other side spins in reverse.

Alternatively, Crab Mode might somehow enable the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV to "strafe" as it makes its way down the off-road trail, although we imagine that would require rear-wheel steering with a high level of articulation.

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Whatever the case is, we'll know soon enough; GM is clearly gearing up for a big reveal of the new Crab Mode feature, and that much was confirmed by GM Supplier Quality Launch Leader Alexander Marrero.

"What is Crab Mode, you ask? We're excited to tell you more about this feature in the very near future," he tweeted.

Of course, even after we learn what Crab Mode is, it will be a long wait before US customers are finally able to buy the new GMC Hummer EV. The truck isn't expected to start production until late next year, going on sale as a 2022 model.

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