Say what? New Hummer EV will include “Crab Mode”


By James Raia
The all-electric Hummer EV will be unveiled October 20 and will include another unique attribute for a vehicle well-known for its uniqueness — Crab Mode.

The feature will allow the Hummer to move across terrain diagonally like a sand-dwelling crustacean. Crab Mode will be enabled by the electric pickup truck’s four-wheel steering capability. Its functionality is “tailor-made for off-roading customers,” the manufacturer said.

The 2022 Hummer EV will include 'Crab Mode.'
The 2022 Hummer EV will include “Crab Mode.”

Planned for a May debut, the anticipated return of the Hummer was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hummer EV has a military pedigree

The odd-looking, testosterone-loaded Hummer was first marketed when AM General began selling a civilian version of the M998 Humvee. The brand endured different owners and hiatus production time frames.

GM announced earlier this year it was reviving the Hummer brand for a 1,000-horsepower electric pickup truck.

The Hummer EV SUT will ride on GM’s third-generation EV platform. The company also said that its truck-based models will have an 800-volt architecture with 350-kWh fast-charging capability. That indicates the Hummer could have a driving range of up to 400 miles.

The Hummer pickup truck is scheduled for production in late 2021, with deliveries soon after. It’s predicted to have a towing capacity between 7,500 and 11,000 pounds as well as a payload capacity between 1,500 and 3,500 pounds.


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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, He can be reached via email:


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Matt Johnson
16 days ago

I’m currently pulling 28k plus pounds combined weight truck and trailer. Carrying approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel on board. I can go well over 400 miles while towing, closer to 1000mi. And if I need to fill up I can pull through a truck stop and use the simi trucks pumps to fill up both tanks in about 5 to 6 minutes. How long is the towing capacity charge capacity while towing approximately 10, 000lbs, a small trailer and how long will it take to charge up to 100% full. I have a feeling this will make a very long 1000mi trip.