US Army buys Hummer EV for analysis and demonstration

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US Army purchases GMC Hummer EV to explore commercially available electric vehicle capabilities in light-duty environments. The Hummer EV analysis and demonstration will inform future purchases of light-to-heavy-duty battery electric vehicles, as well as the reconnaissance light electric vehicle program, which is currently in its infancy.

A GM Defense representative who spoke with Overt Defense says the Hummer EV it will deliver to the military is a production GMC Hummer Pickup Edition 1, following a commercial off-the-shelf purchase. The Hummer will not be modified in any way for Army evaluation.

According to the representative, the tests will “examine commercial capability which will inform the Abbreviated Development Document of the capabilities of the Light Electric Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) (A-CDD).” GM Defense has previously said it will use the Hummer EV’s chassis and powertrain as the basis for its electric light reconnaissance vehicle prototype, saying in November 2021 that it plans to have a first prototype built this year.

Edition 1 is the sold-out launch edition of the civilian Hummer EV, featuring a tri-motor configuration delivering up to 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, with the Watts to Liberty launch control mode that takes the “supertruck” from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds. GM estimates the Edition 1 can tow up to 7,500 pounds or haul a payload of up to 1,300 pounds.

A pre-production Hummer (GMC)

The Edition 1 comes standard with four-wheel steering for enhanced on-road and off-road agility, with eighteen cameras (including two underbody cameras facing forward and rear respectively) helping the driver to become aware of the situation. The Edition 1 has a combined range of 329 miles, with GM saying 800-volt fast chargers can replenish its Ultium battery with enough power to go nearly 100 miles in 12 minutes.

“This award showcases GM Defense’s ability to leverage the best battery electric technology in the commercial market,” Steve duMont, president of GM Defense said in a statement. “With access to GM’s leading-edge technologies, GM Defense is able to provide proven commercial technologies tailored to meet specific defense requirements and the needs of our customers.

“Leveraging GM’s cutting-edge technology, this demonstration will prove to our US military customer what an all-electric supertruck can do and how the underlying technology can be leveraged for future defense needs, whether whether on a facility or in a tactical environment,” duMont continued.

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