What Is the Hummer EV 'Crab Walk' Feature?
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The GMC Hummer EV pickup is set to hit dealerships in 2022, and the Hummer EV SUV will be available in 2024. These electric vehicles are designed to be great for off-roading.
Both of the Hummer EVs will offer a new feature called the “Crab Walk,” according to Edmunds. Here’s more information about the models and how the feature works.
GMC Hummer specs
Hummer has an interesting updated take on Crab Walk tech.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup truck is a modern twist on the old Hummer brand name. The first model to go on sale will be the Edition 1, a top trim that’s projected to offer 1,000 horsepower. GMC claims that Edition 1 will go from 0-60 mph in three seconds.
Both Hummer models focus on off-road capabilities, and the Hummer EV has four-wheel drive with a long list of torque and supporting technology features. It comes standard with 35-inch all-terrain tires and adaptive air suspension available on higher-level trims for greater ground clearance.
The 2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV will either have two or three electric motors depending on the trim. The interior design is clean and aligns with its truck counterpart.
The Hummer EV SUV comes with GM’s Super Cruise driver aid system which enables hands-free driving for over 200,000 miles of enabled roadways. It offers at least 250 miles of electric range.
What is the ‘Crab Walk’ mode?
Both of the Hummer EV models offer four-wheel steering and a “Crab Walk” mode that lets you scuttle sideways at an angle. Four-wheel steering allows the rear wheels to turn up to 10 degrees with or in the opposite direction of the front wheels.
In the default mode, the rear wheels swivel opposite ways at low speeds. At higher speeds, the rear wheels will turn in the same direction as the front ones to make lane changes more stable.
When the driver activates Crab Walk mode, the Hummer will turn all four wheels in the same direction. This means you’ll be able to drive diagonally to avoid obstacles instead of doing a multipoint turn to maneuver around it.
How is the ‘Crab Walk’ feature helpful?
The Crab Walk helps the vehicles feel agile and easier to handle on tight trails. Since the vehicles are large, this feature will help the Hummer EVs navigate narrow paths.
This feature isn’t new, and General Motors sold trucks and Suburbans with similar Quadrasteer four-wheel steering. But they didn’t function quite like the Hummer EV Crab Walk system.
The Hummer EV SUV is more than 16 feet long, and the SUT truck is longer than 18 feet. Both of these EVs are more than 7 feet wide. Considering the size of the vehicles, it’ll be challenging to get through tight spots. That’s where the Crab Walk mode comes in.
The feature will be useful for on and off-road driving to help drivers navigate around crowded parking lots and obstacles. The Crab Walk scuttle will help make these models some of the best high-tech, off-road capable EVs.
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