the upcoming gmc hummer ev stands out for its monstrous combination of size and all-electric power, but its most unique feature is the one that makes it just a little bit more nimble. we just got a closer look at what it actually looks like in real life.
"crab mode," also referred to as crab walk, was designed to utilize the hummer line's four-wheel steering and electric power to freely move diagonally from a standstill, with all four wheels turning to point on the same trajectory and going forward regardless of the position of the car itself. in theory, it is an off-roading feature designed to greatly increase the situational maneuverability of what is already set to be a king of the trails. in practice, it can also be utilized as a fascinating and unnecessary way to show off the hummer ev's incredible set of features in traffic.
this video, originally captured by instagram user michael h. fletcher and shared by hummer specialist shop mod mafia, shows a pre-production gmc hummer ev truck (the model with the pickup bed, distinct from the slightly smaller hummer ev suv) utilizing the feature in stop-and-go traffic after what looks like a day of off-road testing. the feature does not seem to be serving any meaningful purpose, but the car is able to move at traffic speeds at an odd, diagonal angle with the crab walk engaged.
the sight is jarring, but that is part of the goal. the hummer ev has the ability to quite literally move like nothing else on the road. if the truck has them, might as well try out the gadgets.