GMC Hummer EV Could Be Used as a Possible Military Vehicle
We don't know much about the upcoming GMC Hummer electric vehicle. The few things that we do know about the GMC Hummer is that it will be a pickup truck with 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque. The pickup is expected to have blistering performance with a zero-to-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds and boast excellent off-roading prowess. Lastly, the electric pickup will be built at General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. Beyond these minor details, a lot of information behind the pickup truck is a mystery.
U.S. Army Could Utilize GMC Hummer EV
Despite General Motors keeping a lot of information on the GMC Hummer under wraps, GM Authority spoke with GM Defense President, David Albritton, and discussed the possibility of the heavy-duty electric vehicle being used in the Army.
As the outlet points out, GM announced that its GM Defense division was awarded a multi-million contract to "produce and sustain" the U.S. Army's Infantry Defense Vehicle (ISV). The ISV is a military vehicle that is based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. GM Authority claims that this is the first major contract GM Defense secured, so it's likely that the ISV is only the first vehicle that the automaker will supply to the military for heavy-duty purposes. Apparently, the outlet reports that the upcoming GMC Hummer EV could become a military vehicle in the future.
"GM has announced that it is coming out with a [GMC] Hummer battery electric truck in 2021. It's a full-size truck with 400 miles of range, 1,000 foot-pounds of torque, a very highly-capable vehicle. That could provide a great base platform for an electric vehicle to be used in the military context," Albritton says.
Albritton, though, claims that nothing definitive is in the pipeline at the moment. He also stated that "we'd like to position ourselves as the company that can provide those kinds of capabilities if or when they're needed [by the client]."
A Heavy-Duty EV Makes Sense
If true, the GMC Hummer would prove to be a capable electric truck with its impressive figures. In a statement to CNET's Roadshow, Albritton told the outlet that the electric pickup truck "could be a great platform to be considered to replace traditional internal combustion engine pickup trucks across the military specifically those used for general purposes on military bases." For the military, a silent, incredibly powerful, and excellent off-roader could be a great vehicle.
The original Hummer was originally introduced in 1992 when AM General decided to offer its High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to the general public under the Hummer nameplate. GM acquired the Hummer brand in 1999 and sold a rugged vehicle under the brand until 2010. Seeing as how Hummer came to light because of the military, it only seems right that the upcoming model is used in war zones.
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