When you think eco-friendly transportation the last thing you consider is the Hummer. It was a staple in the American market for years, the icon being splurged on by the rich and famous. It was never successful outside of the States, and with times changing the massive gas guzzler was shuttered amidst slowing sales. GMC is now reviving the Hummer as an all-electric truck, due to be unveiled on May 20th.
There aren’t a lot of details available as of yet, but we do know that the new Hummer will have up to 1,000HP (or 745kW) of power and immense pulling power. It is said to be able to accelerate from 0-100kph in around 3 seconds. It will seemingly be a competitor of the Tesla Cybertruck.
While the Hummer will be unveiled in May of this year, it will only be launched to the public in the northern hemisphere autumn of 2021. Presumably this time will be spent getting their first fully electric assembly line for a vehicle of this kind up and running, and finalising the production version that is sure to be at least slightly different than the unveiled version.
It is a significant change of direction for the Hummer and General Motors as a whole. The original Hummer stemmed from the military vehicle that has been used in the US Army for decades. It came about in an era of excess and low oil prices, when the horrible fuel economy wasn’t such a big problem.
The first model, and by far the biggest, the H1, was launched in the 90’s and was followed by other models, the H2 and H3, which were smaller versions of the huge truck. The H3 was launched in many countries around the world, including South Africa, to mixed success. The massive bulk meant they were generally sluggish as well, and had outdated engines, drivetrains and gearboxes.
We don’t expect the all-electric Hummer to be any less ostentatious than the older versions, but it will be an interesting change to see that large truck make no noise on the road.