While GM couldn’t get the Hummer EV up to its winter cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ontario, it has been able to submit the truck to intense winds and -40 degree weather at a lab in Oshawa, Ontario.
The facility in Oshawa, called the ‘Ontario Tech University Automotive Centre of Excellence,’ has a Climatic Wind Tunnel that the company uses to cold weather test vehicles that can’t make it to the facility in Kapuskasing during the winter. GM’s press release says that around five percent of its vehicles end up in the Climatic Wind Tunnel instead of its real outdoor test track.
While I was initially a little concerned that GM isn’t testing this flagship electric vehicle (EV) at the Kapuskasing winter test course, GM has clarified that the Hummer EV has already gone through some rigorous testing at a winter testing facility in Michigan.
MobileSyrup has asked for any information about charging times in the cold weather compared to warmer weather as well.
Hopefully, the cold wind tunnel helps the automaker iron out any winter-related kinks the Hummer might have before it comes out in the fall of 2022. GM can make adjustments to dispel the notion that EVs don’t perform great in cold weather. That said, hopefully, GM can get the Hummer up to Kapuskasing next winter to see how well it holds up. If you want to read more about the upcoming truck, you can check out our announcement post from last fall.
Update 12/05/2022: We’ve updated this article to clarify that the Hummer was also tested in outdoor winter conditions in Michigan.