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While the new GMC Hummer EV might be an all-electric pickup truck, the model features many similarities with its archaic ancestors. Itís a large and inefficient machine by any metric, but one that promises to deliver substantial off-road capabilities. Now we have a chance to watch one of these electric trucks join a group of Hummer H1s on some narrow off-road trails to see how it fares when stacked up against less than ideal trail conditions.

Throughout the clip the Hummer EV appears to have difficulty feeding in horsepower in a smooth manner. You can watch as jolts of sudden acceleration upset the vehicle as it tries to crawl through some of the tighter sections, creating a ton of secondary body motion. This isnít the sort of thing you want out of an off-roader, particularly when larger obstacles get involved. In a traditional off-road vehicle, you might try to avoid these motions by utilizing both the brake and the throttle pedal at the same time, using the brake as almost a pseudo clutch. Thatís because this sort of rocking could easily shuffle the Hummer EV off of a boulder, which could result in a rather nasty underbody impact. Thatís particularly troubling when you remember that this is a machine that weighs over 9000 pounds. The truckís off-road driving mode should help to smooth out those throttle inputs, though it is unclear whether or not the driver was utilizing that bit of tech.

The team featured in the clip ended up taking over an hour and a half to make it through the three tight spots highlighted in the clip. Thatís a lot of time to spend picking a line on a green trail, which is supposed to be the most basic of off-roading endeavors. That alone is enough to highlight why width isnít a virtue in the woods, and why the Hummer EV might not be the perfect off-road tool if you arenít near the desert or dunes.