It's crazy fast and insanely heavy. That could be a problem.
Earlier this month, we reported the GMC Hummer EV has a hefty curb weight of 9,046 pounds. To put that into perspective, a Ford F-150 Regular Cab 4x4 V6 tips the scale at 4,275 pounds. In the US, vehicles that weigh below 10,000 pounds can be driven with a regular license, but the Hummer's weight is awfully close to that of commercial vehicles which have additional licensing requirements. Also think of it like this: the Hummer's weight is the equivalent of vehicles like F-150s towing around small boats on a daily basis.
Combined with the Hummer's incredible performance capabilities - 0-60 mph in 3 seconds - Inside EVs reached out to some safety agencies with questions regarding the big EV's safety. It's important to point out the Hummer comes standard with a long list of safety features, including Forward Collision Alert, Enhanced Emergency Braking, Reverse Automatic Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
GM promises the Hummer "will meet or exceed all applicable federal safety standards." Others are not so sure.
"The amount of horsepower that this vehicle will reportedly have is certainly a concern given the relationship between horsepower and speeding," said the director of media relations, Joseph Young, at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Again, the combination of high horsepower and weight continues to draw the same concerns.
"What happens when something goes wrong in a vehicle that weighs 9,000 pounds and has that kind of acceleration capability," Sean Kane, president of Safety Research & Strategies wonders. That's an awful lot of power and an awful lot of mass to be under control. My suspicion is that most drivers are going to have some challenges with it. Just because we can, it doesn't mean we should."
However, Consumer Reports' senior director of auto testing, Jake Fisher, points out that equipping the Hummer with the right tires is a must because "the additional weight gives more momentum to stop, but also increases friction from the road due to weight. Those forces cancel out as long as the tires are capable of sufficient grip."
Other concerns are the amount of damage done to other and lighter vehicles involved in a crash with the Hummer and, not to mention, pedestrians and cyclists. The bottom line is that any vehicle weighing this much is a potential danger to vulnerable vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians unless it's equipped with the necessary safety features. GM is confident it's got the latter fully covered.