If you’re one of the 90,000 people who reserved a GMC Hummer EV, taking delivery anytime soon could prove impossible. Although the “supertruck” was revealed last year, General Motors (GM) didn’t expect an extraordinary amount of interest. The all-electric rebirth of the military-styled vehicle may not arrive to many customers for at least two years.
GM produced less than 3,000 Hummer EVs this year
Clean Technica reports that in the first nine months of 2022, only 2,570 Hummer EVs were manufactured. Production at GM’s Michigan-based Factory Zero plant picked up as of late, with 700 of the 2,570 built in September alone. However, production was halted in November as GM’s Ultium Cells plant in Ohio undergoes upgrades for future EV products.
GM Authority reports that GMC Global Vice President Duncan Aldred confirmed that the company is “fully booked” on orders. Subsequently, GM stopped taking new reservations in September. Ahead of a media briefing on the Sierra EV reveal, Aldred said the Hummer is “sold out for two years or more.”
Investments into Ultium solid-state batteries
GM Ultium Drive motors and GM Ultium batteries power all four GMC Hummer EV trim levels. The solid-state, flat pouch-style, Nickle-Cobalt-Manganese-Aluminum (NCMA) batteries are an innovation that provides more range at a lower cost. Moreover, the battery architecture reduces complexity and enhances cooling, a significant priority for the Hummer EV’s titanic 212-kWh battery pack.
GM is looking to ramp up battery supply to fulfill Hummer EV orders and the seven other upcoming EVs. Days ago, GM and South Korea-based LG Chem inked a $3 billion deal to build a battery cathode factory in Tennessee. Reuters reports the plant is slated to have an annual production capacity to power 1.2 million EVs by 2027.
The GMC Hummer EV’s insane performance
Each of the higher-priced, tri-motor GMC Hummer EV trim levels will deliver 1,000 horsepower and a creative-calculated 11,500 lb-ft of torque. Realistically, the torque figure is closer to 1,100 lb-ft, but still an immense amount. That power is needed to move the Hummer EV’s colossal curb weight of 9,063 lbs. Yet, the top-of-the-line model can still hit 60 mph in a neck-snapping 3 seconds.
Although the Hummer EV has enough juice to power a house for a week, it will manage a mere EPA-rated 47 MPGe, InsideEVs says. However, the electric supertruck will run 329 miles on a single charge. It’s below GM’s 350-mile estimate but better than the Rivian R1 T’s 314 miles and Ford F-150 Lightning’s 300 miles.
GM still has a Hummer EV Ebike available
In case you were going to put down your name to reserve a GMC Hummer EV, you’re in luck. Although the pickup and SUV variants are sold out, you can get the Hummer EV’s two-wheel sidekick. The new Recon GMC Hummer EV All-Wheel Drive Ebike is still available. In a global licensing agreement between Recon Power Bikes and GM, the “Super Ebike” is designed to complement GM’s supertruck. Yahoo reports that the Ebike is “built for total off-road dominance” and will “allow riders to truly reach the ‘last mile.'”
Recon Power Bikes is the current market leader in Ebikes and are even used by three branches of the U.S. military. With an introductory price of $3,999, it’s powered by twin 750-watt hub motors with a peak output of 2,400 watts. The Ebike is powered by an LG battery which comes standard at 48 volts and 17Ah, with an option to upgrade to 21Ah. With a top speed near 30 mph and a range between 40 and 50 miles, it’s an impressive Ebike. However, it may not satisfy the desires of those looking to pilot a crab-walking electric supertruck.