GMC Hummer Edition 1 deliveries begin

  • General Motors begins deliveries of the first customer examples of the GMC Hummer SUT, based on the Ultium platform.
  • The Edition 1 Hummer SUT offers 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, thanks to a three-motor setup with a 200 kWh battery, and is priced at $112,595.
  • Cheaper versions of the GMC Hummer are on the way, but it will take some time for the full range to reach production, then other EV pickups will arrive.

    General Motors begins shipping the first Hummer EV pickups built at Factory ZERO, representing one of the first uses of the new Ultium battery and powertrain along with the BrightDrop delivery trucks. The relaunched Hummer nameplate has now returned after a hiatus of just over a decade, first on pickups ahead of the start of Hummer’s SUV production later.

    The first examples to be delivered are the Edition 1 models, the first of which with VIN #001 was auctioned by Barrett-Jackson for $2.5 million. About 1,200 Edition 1 trucks will be produced in total, and President Joe Biden recently took one of these trucks for a spin at the formal opening ceremony of GM’s Factory ZERO in Michigan a few weeks ago.

    The Edition 1 versions of the Hummer EV SUT are three-motor, 200 kWh variants, producing up to 1,000 hp and 11,500 lb-ft of torque while offering an EPA-rated range of 329 miles. Priced at $112,595, the Edition 1 trucks are all finished in Interstellar White over Lunar Horizon interiors and are optioned with off-road items like rocker controls, skid rails and a height-adjustable suspension, in addition to the much-touted CrabWalk capability.

    Edition 1 models will also feature GM’s SuperCruise driver assistance system, in addition to the launch Watts to Freedom mode, which will propel the massive truck from 0 to 60 in about three seconds.

    Edition 1 Hummers will be followed by slightly cheaper versions next year and the following years.

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    “This is the first chapter for Ultium – and for GM’s transition to a zero-emissions future,” said GM Chairman Mark Reuss. “Both commercial and residential customers will benefit from the EV experience, from exhilarating acceleration to low operating costs, versatility and aftermarket customization capabilities. GM is ideally positioned to provide electric vehicles for every customer in every segment, retail or commercial.”

    It’s not lost on many that the Hummer SUT remains an expensive model aimed at deep-pocketed early adopters, with subsequent versions of the truck expected to become increasingly affordable. There are also some bigger questions to investigate about how “green” a massive truck with a 200-kWh battery can be, when it comes to materials consumed.

    As for the increasingly affordable versions, the three-engine Hummer EV 3X will arrive in fall 2022 with a price tag of $99,995, but will be only slightly milder when it comes to power, offering 800 hp and 9500 lb-ft of torque. The dual-motor Hummer EV 2X will arrive in the first half of 2023 with a price tag of $89,995, making 625 hp and 7400 lb-ft of torque. An even cheaper base model will arrive in 2024 with a starting price of $79,995 when other electric pickups, including those from GM itself, will be on the market.

    The good news for those with more modest EV truck budgets is that the Chevrolet Silverado EV, which will go on sale in 2023, will also sit on the Ultium platform while offering more everyday features, along with a significantly lower price tag. An electric GMC Sierra has also been previewed in recent days, slated for production in 2022 as well.

    The Silverado EV will be unveiled at CES next month, ahead of the arrival of the next Ultium platform model – the Cadillac Lyriq – whose production will start in spring 2022 in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

    The first deliveries of the Hummer SUT follow the start of production and deliveries of another mass market car earlier this year, with the first examples of the Rivian R1T delivered just a few weeks ago. More electric pickups are on the way, with production of the Ford F-150 Lightning slated to start in the spring of next year, while the Tesla Cybertruck is expected to enter production as early as fall 2022.

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