Off-road truck with 1,000 electric horsepower: First Hummer EVs are being delivered to customers
In many countries around the world, adopters of small electric cars like the top-selling Renault Zoe are likely using their EV in urban environments, where a large vehicle would be impractical. Buyers in the US however are apparently longing for bigger electric vehicles, while some off-road enthusiasts are looking for a highly capable electric pickup truck. Some of these buyers will now get their Christmas present a little bit earlier this year, as General Motors has kept its promise and officially started deliveries of its much-anticipated Hummer EV.
This new model in GMC's lineup of electric vehicles is indeed intended for particularly demanding customers who would like to take advantage of the truck's 1,000 electric horsepower and ridiculous 11,500 lb-ft of torque. With a curb weight of more than 9,000 lbs, the Hummer EV also weighs heavily on the purse of prospective buyers who have to shell out US$110,000 for the already sold out "First Edition" of the Hummer EV. However, GM has also announced that it will release more affordable configurations of the electric truck in the coming years.
Despite its weight, the Hummer EV's large 200 kWh battery pack supposedly provides enough power for an estimated range of up to 350 miles, even though real world numbers may be a bit lower. Furthermore, GMC has released an official trailer celebrating the first Hummer EV deliveries while also emphasizing the truck's off-road capabilities. In many regards, this electric vehicle is the exact opposite of small European electric cars like the aforementioned Renault Zoe, but the electrification of the North American truck segment could have an even bigger environmental impact if buyers decide to replace their gas-guzzling V8 pickups with an electric truck like the Hummer EV.