GM wants to sell the Hummer EV in Europe, but a CDL will be needed to drive it
The civilian Hummer of the late 90s through the 2000s, though loved by many, struggled to find its footing. It was much larger than other vehicles in its class, had many blind spots, and suffered from poor fuel economy. After the financial recession of 2010, combined with rising gas prices, Hummer sales were too low to justify its existence. But what about the Hummer EV in Europe?
The revived GMC Hummer is already a step ahead of its predecessor’s shortcomings with its all-electric powertrain. It will be available as a pickup or SUV, and GM even wants to bring it overseas. However, if this happens, European drivers should take extra steps before buying one.
The Hummer EV in Europe is too heavy for a conventional driver’s license
Jalopnik tells us that the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) limit of a European non-commercial driver’s license is 7,716 pounds. The GVWR is the weight of the vehicle itself, plus its payload and maximum passenger capacity.
The GMC Hummer EV’s GVWR is 10,550 pounds. European drivers couldn’t even get away with driving one without passengers or cargo: it alone weighs 9,063 pounds. European customers should apply for the equivalent of a CDL license to operate it legally.
Should American drivers be worried?
It may seem strange to need a CDL license for something other than a tractor-trailer or a bus, but sometimes it is required by law. For example, in the United States, you need a CDL license to drive any vehicle that seats 16 or more passengers.
While still a massive vehicle, the Hummer is well within acceptable limits for a standard US driver’s license. A vehicle must have a GVWR greater than 26,000 pounds before you need a CDL license to drive it.
To apply for a UK trucking license you must be at least 18 years old and already have a regular driving licence. You will also be required to pass three written safe driving tests and relevant truck driving case studies. Once you have passed them, you will take a practical demonstration test.
All these tests are chargeable, according to European truck driving. Paying for all four tests could cost the equivalent of $335. You must log 35 hours of training every five years just to maintain your license.
The GMC Hummer EV has four versions that will be released periodically. Those who ordered the Hummer Edition 1 will get theirs first, likely in early 2023. It comes with 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 lb-ft of torque, paired with standard all-wheel drive.
According MotorTrend, it can rocket to 60 mph in 3 seconds, making it faster than several cars half its size. The three-motor configuration is also said to have a range of 315 miles. The pickup model’s towing and payload capacity are less impressive, just 7,500 and 1,300 pounds respectively.
Still, we know it’ll be an impressive off-roader with 13 inches of suspension travel and up to 16 inches of ground clearance. It also rolls on 35-inch tires and has adjustable air suspension.
The GMC Hummer EV will also have Super Cruise self-driving and an original “Crab Walk” mode. This allows all four wheels to move in the same direction, making it easier to maneuver through parking spots or tight paths.
It should be noted that the most powerful version of the GMC Hummer costs more than $110,000. The cheaper two-motor versions won’t be produced for at least a year or two, which will give European drivers plenty of time to decide if it’s worth CDL certification to drive one.
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