General Motors has launched the electric car version of the Hummer. The car, which is a pickup, can be pre-ordered now and will be delivered in a year’s time.
True, it is only available for reservation in North America, and the order books for the first edition EV Hummer Edition 1 coming next year are already full.
This is a car for those with money in their hands. The starting price is 112,600 dollars, or just over a million kroner. On the other hand, it is a car with three engines and a total engine power of 745 kilowatts. GMC states a torque of 15591 newton meters, which must be said to be extreme.
The car comes with special features such as four-wheel steering and the ability to drive sideways. It must have particularly good off-road properties, with the possibility of increasing the ground clearance if necessary. Three motors provide the opportunity to fine-tune the grip during such driving. In addition, there are cameras under the car, so you can have better control.
Fast and big
The speed from standstill to 96.5 kilometers per hour should be about three seconds. Not exactly bad for a car as big as this. Exact dimensions and weight are not stated, but considering that this is a car with 35-inch wheels and is a pickup with room for five people and in addition has a loading platform, it is not at all unlikely that you need a truck certificate to drive it in Europe.
GMC also tempts with an 800 volt battery system and fast charging with up to 350 kilowatts.
The range is stated to be approximately 563 kilometers. Battery capacity is not disclosed.
Now it is true that it is not that difficult to make a hefty electric car for those who are willing to pay for it. Lucid Air is an example of that. In the American market, the question is probably whether they can make the entry-level models cheap enough for it to compete in the pickup market.
The entry-level model is three and a half years away
Hummer EV will come in a total of four editions, where the cheapest is Hummer EV2. This variant will cost 80,000 dollars (734,000 kroner), and has two motors with a total power of 466 kilowatts. The torque must be 10,033 newton meters.
The range is also considerably lower: 402 kilometers. In addition, the 800 volt charging system is only mentioned on the most expensive variant, so you probably won’t get this on the cheaper versions.
But: The entry-level model will not be on the market until the spring of 2024, ie in three and a half years. And it has a price that is considerably higher than what you have to pay in the US for many popular “trucks” such as Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger or Dodge RAM.
The question then is whether competing electric “trucks” are on the market before GMC is ready to deliver its cheapest variants. There will also be different variants in the autumn of 2022 and the spring of 2023, but these are more expensive than the entry-level model.
Can it compete?
Pickup is a very popular category in North America. Therefore, there are also many other car manufacturers working with electric pickups. The most famous are probably the Tesla Cybertruck and Rivian R1T.
Both of these have a lower price than GMC offers, and will be on the market next year. The Rivian R1T should cost from about $ 70,000 before incentives. This is a price level that corresponds to top models in the pickup segment.
The Tesla Cybertruck will also cost 70,000 dollars, but it is for the top model with three engines that will come next autumn. The cheapest variant with rear-wheel drive will cost 40,000 dollars, which is probably more in line with cheaper pickups. This variant will be delivered to customers from the autumn of 2022.
In addition, market leader Ford will bring its electric F150 by 2022. This should be available with four-wheel drive.
Little is known about the upcoming car, but if the price is in the style of similarly specified fossil variants, there is reason to believe that it may become popular among American pickup customers. Ford’s F-Series is America’s best-selling pickup by a wide margin.
Based on what GMC has said about its electric Hummer, it looks like this will be an electric car that follows in the model’s footsteps as a “look at me” car for those who are willing to spend money on a special vehicle with a lot technology.