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.
The ‘GMC Hummer EV’ is scheduled to be unveiled on 20 May. The 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.
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.
Hummer electric SUV reported to come in 2023
The Hummer electric pickup will challenge the Rivian R1T, the Tesla Cybertruck (Tesla Cybrtrk) 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.
The video above by Youtube creator Zohair Ahmed takes you through the Hummer H2 on Indian soil.