General Motors (GM) has confirmed it will be bringing back the Hummer. The famous large-sized SUV which took the world by storm in 1992 is making its comeback in tremendous fashion. The last-known Hummer to have rolled off the production line was in May 2010, but now the American automaker is bringing back its famous vehicle in form of an all-electric SUV.
The GMC Hummer EV is tipped to have 1,000 horsepower and will get from 0-60mph in a blistering 3s. That’s 11,500 feet of instantly available torque. Pure madness for a large-sized vehicle. Other than its single-strip LED lighting and GMC branding, there’s no further information on GM’s latest EV.
However, on 2 February, during the Super Bowl ad break, GM has planned to give the vehicle its first reveal, where it will use Basketball star, LeBron James to spearhead the commercial. The Hummer EV is set to get its full reveal on 20 May and is expected to come out State-side in late 2021 or early 2022.
News of the new electric vehicles comes after General Motors announced that its Detroit-Hamtramck factory will be the first of the company’s plants to be devoted to all-electric production. As such, the automaker is investing $2.2 billion in making that transition; the funds will also be used to support 2,200 ‘good-paying’ manufacturing jobs. GM is also looking to invest an additional $800 million in supplier tooling and other projects related to the launch of its new electric fleet.
“Through this investment, GM is taking a big step forward in making our vision of an all-electric future a reality,” said Mark Reuss, GM president, during a press event at the plant with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other local and state officials. “Our electric pickup will be the first of multiple electric truck variants we will build at Detroit-Hamtramck over the next few years.”
Production will also be followed by the Cruise Origin, a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle which was unveiled last week in San Fransisco.
GM seems to be heavily invested in releasing new electric vehicles, as in late December 2019, the company announced a partnership with LG Chem, where it would see the companies build a new EV battery factory in Lordstown, Ohio, in the United States. This new battery plant is set to bring some 1,100 new jobs to the area.
A key driver behind GM’s decision to make the commitment to Detroit-Hamtramck was the support the company received from the state of Michigan.
“The support from the state of Michigan was a key element in making this investment possible,” added Reuss. “This investment helps ensure that Michigan will remain at the epicenter of the global automotive industry as we continue our journey to an electrified future.”
Currently, the plant builds the Cadillac CT6 and the Chevrolet Impala, where approximately 900 people are employed. In the transition period, production will come to a halt for several months beginning at the end of February.
At the time of writing, GM’s current EV is the Chevy Bolt, a small-sized affordable five-door hatchback, which is built at the company’s Orion Assembly plant.