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Difficulty Level: Novice  |  Time Required: 2 Minutes  |  Tools Required: None  |  Related Parts, Products, Services or Technology: Modular Sky Panels, Accessory GMC Hummer EV Sky Panel Storage Set for eTrunk

If equipped, the eTrunk™ is a lockable storage compartment under the hood that can hold groceries, gear and more. On some models, the eTrunk hood is fully powered while other models have a hood designed to be opened/closed manually. In addition to providing storage, the eTrunk includes an auxiliary power outlet. (The type of outlet may vary depending on your vehicle).

Use the Power Hood to Access eTrunk

First, be sure the path of the power hood is clear of people, snow and other obstructions. To operate the power hood, the vehicle must be in PARK with the doors unlocked, or the remote key must be in range of the vehicle.


There are three ways to open and close the power hood (if equipped):

  1. From inside the vehicle: Locate the eTrunk symbol on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. To open the power hood, press once. To close it, press and hold.
  2. From outside the vehicle: Locate the touch pad on the front fascia. Press once to open or close the power hood when the remote key is within 3 feet (1 meter).
  3. Key fob: You can also use the remote key to open or close the power hood. To open, press the eTrunk symbol twice and hold for at least one second. To close, press the eTrunk symbol twice, and hold until the hood closes.

Access the eTrunk Using Manual Open and Close

From inside the vehicle

  1. Locate the eTrunk symbol on the instrument panel to the left of the steering wheel. To activate the power latch, press once.
  2. Get out of the car and lift the hood open.

You can also use the remote key to unlatch and access the eTrunk.  Here’s how:

  1. Press the power hood symbol twice and hold the second press until the hood unlatches.
  2. Lift the hood open.


To close the hood after accessing it by either of the methods above, push on it with a steady downward motion. The latch will pull the hood fully closed. Keep hands and fingers clear of the hood opening.

Customize Power Hood Open Settings

How wide your power hood opens is also customizable. Choose from these settings:

    • Allows your hood to open to its full, open position
    • Use caution in this mode to avoid hitting overhead obstructions
    • Lets you adjust the hood open angle
    • To set: Move the hood to your desired position, and then press and hold the exterior switch on the front fascia touch pad until the exterior lights flash and a chime sounds

NOTE: The vehicle will be sent from the factory with a preset  “Custom” setting that  varies depending on your vehicle.  When adjusting the “Custom” setting, the hood cannot be set below a preset minimum.  If no lights or sound occur, your height selection may be too low.

    • Lets you physically lift the hood to your desired height
    • To open, press and release the touch pad on the front fascia, then lift the hood
    • To close, pull the hood down until it is secured in the latch

Operate the Emergency Hood Release Button Inside eTrunk

Inside your eTrunk is an emergency hood release button. The button will glow following exposure to light. Press the button to open the hood from inside the eTrunk. If the vehicle is in motion when the button is pressed, the vehicle will slow to about 26 mph to partially open; and only fully open when the vehicle is stopped or moving at less than 2 mph. The emergency hood release button will not function when the battery is disconnected or depleted.


IMPORTANT: To avoid personal injury or death, always keep the hood fully closed and latched when storing the vehicle. People, including children, should never climb inside the eTrunk.

For your security, please don’t include personal info such as phone number, address or credit card details.

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Can I stow my Sky Panels in the eTrunk?

Yes, with the exception of times when the vehicle is used for off-roading. For off-road protection, please see your dealer about the available Accessory GMC HUMMER EV Sky Panel Storage Set for eTrunk.

Can the power hood of the eTrunk be accessed without electrical power?

Yes. For service and/or emergency use, you can manually unlatch the power hood by pulling the hood release cable on the lower left side of the instrument panel. Refer to your Owner’s Manual for these instructions.

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To find out if your vehicle has this feature, contact your dealer or refer to your vehicle’s equipment list. Please check your Owner’s Manual for more information about features.