There’s a real possibility that the Hummer EV could arrive ahead of schedule [Update]

Update – General Motors’ CEO Mary Barra has given new information on the unveil of the Hummer electric vehicle. Speaking to Jeff Gilbert of WWJ 950AM during the Automotive Press Association fireside chat, she did not specify the date but said the debut would be online and it wouldn’t be the usual presentation that is broadcast on Youtube. Barra said virtual and augmented reality technologies would be used to speak about the development of the product. She hopes these would be able to produce the required excitement and inform the audience about the vehicle. EVW expects General Motors to digitally reveal the vehicle before the end of August.

May 20, 2020 –

General Motors has released another teaser of the “zero-emissions, zero-limits” Hummer electric vehicle that shows the car with its roof panels removed to provide passengers an open-air experience and the possibility to gaze at the stars. The company says more information will be released soon of the “all-electric super truck” in the coming months. We’ve slightly enhanced the image captured from the video that shows a fairly upright windscreen, large square headrests and a grab handle on the inside of the A-Pillar.

Earlier today we presented the work of Instagram channel theSketchMonkey which has made a render of the reborn Hummer electric pickup based on the teasers and the information reported by journalists who have viewed the vehicle. The design is immediately recognizable as a Hummer and it comes with removable roof panels and bed cover.

Greencarreports.com has reported that GM could be bringing out one of the EV programs ahead of schedule. Ken Morris, Vice President Electric and Autonomous Vehicles confirmed the same while responding to a question.

While we’re speculating that the product Morris is referring to is the Hummer EV, GreenCarReports.com says it could be the electric Chevrolet Camaro project that the company has not confirmed. GM’s EV plans are progressing without delays including the deal with Honda to produce two new EVs by 2023, partnership with DTE Energy for sourcing renewable energy and the $25 billion budget allocated for EV programs.

Like every other manufacturer, business at GM has been affected by the Coronavirus shutdown, but the company’s electric vehicle plans stay on track. GM’s current plan to invest in electric and autonomous vehicles will continue as planned, as confirmed by GM’s CFO Dhivya Suryadevara.

AutoNews.com has reported that GM will continue to work behind the scenes on EVs like the Hummer electric pickup truck and though development continues, public unveilings of the cars have been postponed. Despite the lockdown, General Motors was the only company in the Big Three group to post a profit of in the first quarter of this year ($294 million). Ford and FCA posted a loss of $2 billion and $1.8 billion respectively.

April 30, 2020 –

The reveal of the all-electric GMC Hummer, which was scheduled on May 20 2020, has been postponed without a definitive date. The coronavirus pandemic is the reason for the delay but the electric pickup’s launch will remain unchanged with production set to start in late-2021.

So far, we know that the new Hummer EV will feature an 800V battery pack but nothing has been revealed about the capacity or the range. The new Hummer will also make up to 1,000 hp and a peak torque of 15,574 Nm, with which it can ‘fly’ from 0-96 km/h in 3 seconds. A few journalists have seen the Hummer EV directly but photography wasn’t allowed, and they have confirmed a 15-inch AVN screen as well as a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and removable rooftops. GM has published a video showing the Hummer from the top, driving through the woods.

April 22, 2020 –

Hummer Electric Vehicle to be manufactured using Solar & Wind energy

GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, which will produce the GMC Hummer and other EVs, is expected to be powered by renewable energy by 2023, the company announced on Monday.

General Motors has partnered with DTE Energy to source 500,000 megawatt-hours of solar energy that will power its Michigan facilities. This, along with the 300,000 MWh of wind energy purchased by GM in February 2019, takes the total amount of renewable energy sourced by GM to 800,000 MWh. The solar energy deal with DTE Energy is part of the latter’s MIGreenPower program and will be adequate enough to power GM’s Southeast Michigan facilities by 2023. The facilities include Renaissance Center global headquarters in Detroit, Milford Proving Ground in Milford, GM Global Technical Center in Warren, Orion and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants and other smaller GM sites.

The investment is part of GM’s plans to power all its US facilities with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and its global facilities by 2040.

April 18, 2020 –

GMC will reportedly delay or alter the unveiling of the Hummer electric pickup (20 May) due to the prevailing situation with the Coronavirus, multiple international auto sites have reported. The Hummer electric is announced to go into production in late-2021 and there should no perceivable impact if the event is pushed back by a few weeks or if the event is a web presentation.

March 5, 2020 –

General Motors got many Hummer fans and enthusiasts grinning from ear to ear when they announced in January that they are bringing the brand back. Now more details on the electric SUV’s size, battery and range have surfaced.

In terms of size, the Hummer Electric will be closer to the GMC Sierra half-ton and compete with the likes of the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 etc. GM has recently revealed details of its new Ultium batteries and a flexible global EV platform, which will be underpinning the new Hummer. The vehicle will be launched in Fall of 2021 (September – December 2021) in the USA market.

The Ultium battery packs range from 50 to 200 kWh in size and the range goes up to 640 km on a full charge, varying on the size of the batteries. While the motors have been designed in-house to support various configurations including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and performance all-wheel-drive applications, we can expect the Hummer to have performance all-wheel-drive units.

The Hummer Electric will have 800V battery packs that come with 350 kW fast charging capabilities. The Ultium range of batteries also come in 400V packs and 200 kW fast charging support, which will be made available in most of GMs EVs apart from the truck platform.

Our team accepted the challenge to transform product development at GM and position our company for an all-electric future. What we have done is build a multi-brand, multi-segment EV strategy with economies of scale that rival our full-size truck business with much less complexity and even more flexibility.

Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, GM

The new EV platform is a modular one that GM will be using to build a wide range of vehicles including trucks, SUVs, crossovers, cars and commercial vehicles. GM has been able to keep the battery cell costs below $100/kWh, thanks to its partnership with LG Chem.

The company is not ready to reveal everything just yet, but has confirmed that the first new Hummer is an electric pickup truck with an output of 1,000 hp/15,574 Nm of torque. It will zoom from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3 seconds putting it ahead of many thermal-powered supercars. The vehicle will be launched in Fall of 2021 (September – December 2021) in the USA market.

Earlier, a lone teaser published reveals a six-slot vertical grille (carrying the Hummer EV nameplate) and LED headlamps. The rugged bumper, offset GMC badge, indented hood and square side mirrors can also be spotted on the image. The Tesla Cybertruck challenger from The General will certainly alter the landscape of the pickup segment in the USA, with the company promising the raise the bar in looks, features and on- and off-road capability.

General Motors marketed the Hummer brand of SUVs and pickups between 1998 and 2010 but the demand for the big SUV was strong enough that several Indian businessmen, Bollywood artists and sports stars continued importing used examples long after the brand was laid to rest.

Perhaps the most ostentatious passenger vehicle to have been made, the Hummer, through its three generations, made popular by larger-than-life celebrity owners Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dennis Rodman and its prior stint on the battle lines for the United States military, enjoyed buyer craze around the globe until recession struck in the USA in 2008. GM had filed for bankruptcy and was bailed out by the US government, and justifying a place for an excess, thirsty SUV in a landscape that was migrating to environment-conscious crossovers and compact vehicles became seemingly impossible with taxpayer dollars. GM had tried selling the division to a Chinese machine manufacturer in 2009, albeit unsuccessfully.

Hummer HX Concept front three quarters press image
Celebrities from MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh to Suniel Shetty have been spotted in India driving a Hummer. Pictured is the Hummer HX Concept car presented in 2008, shortly before GM decided to shut down the brand.

The Hummer Electric will be manufactured at the idling GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant. GM had entered negotiations with the UAW during which it was revealed that the plant would be revived to produce electric vehicles. The company would invest about USD 3 billion to retool the facility. GM has planned to launch 20 all-electric nameplates by 2023 and had confirmed a full-size pickup as a part of the series. The Hummer electric is the anchor of the planned investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant.

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Hummer electric SUV reported to come in 2023

The Hummer electric pickup will challenge the Rivian R1T, the Tesla Cybertruck and the Ford F-150 electric pickup. American media reports claim that an electric Hummer SUV based off this platform is expected in 2023.

Would be interesting to watch if GM’s marketing managers can transform the name of an environmentally unfavourable, gas-guzzling brand of SUV synonymous with excess to fit on the tailgate of a vehicle that goes against those very core values.

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