The massively overpowered GMC HUMMER EV is known as a “super truck,” and now the automaker is announcing a “super e-bike” for it. The recently unveiled GMC HUMMER EV ALL-WHEEL DRIVE EBIKE will serve as a companion vehicle to the massive electric truck.
The new GMC HUMMER EV e-bike is an electric bike with hard tires that has a pair of Bafang hub motors to provide four-wheel drive.
Each motor is rated at 750W continuous and 1200W peak, meaning the bike puts out 2.4kW of power at full tilt. This allows it to reach speeds of up to 28 mph (45 km/h).
Fortunately, the bike also includes a pair of four-piston hydraulic disc brakes to bring it down to reasonable speeds again.
A maximum of 1 kWh battery will supply the power-demanding motors, and the battery is removable for charging the e-bike.
For those keeping score at home, that means the GMC HUMMER EV will have a 200x larger battery than the GMC HUMMER EV ALL-WHEEL DRIVE EBIKE.
The four-wheeled version costs about $113,000 and is also about 28 times more expensive than its $3,999 two-wheeled companion.
GMC will have the e-bikes available at its dealers but will also offer the e-bike directly to the consumer for online ordering.
Despite the throttle and pedal-assist e-bike offering four-wheel drive, there are actually three riding modes that allow riders to turn off one of the motors.
Cruise mode engages only the rear motor. Traction mode only engages the front motor (and must be called ironically based on how quickly you start spinning the front tire in loose terrain). Adrenaline mode fires up both engines simultaneously for true four-wheel drive.
As you may have guessed, the bike was not actually developed by GMC. Instead, the company partnered with an e-bike brand known as Recon Power Bikes.
As GMC marketing director Rich Latek explained:
GMC is excited to partner with Recon in developing the GMC HUMMER EV AWD Ebike. With design cues and inspiration taken directly from the GMC HUMMER EV Supertruck, this Ebike further expands the customer’s ability to explore various off-road trails – whether in the vehicle or out on the bike.
Recon’s president, Jeff Fuze, added:
The Recon Team is proud to be the officially licensed partner that produces the GMC HUMMER EV AWD Ebike. We are honored to partner with GMC on this unique, world-class AWD Ebike that parallels HUMMER EV’s unmatched reputation as a leader in EV off-road adventures.
Pre-order reservations are now open for anyone who missed out on an early electric HUMMER but doesn’t want to make the same mistake on the electric bike version.
Here’s the thing: I love electric vehicles, but I hate everything about the HUMMER EV. It is an abomination. The sheer waste of resources alone is an affront to humanity, let alone the dubious ethics of putting so much power into a 9,000 pound (4,100 kg) bulldozer that could literally crush pedestrians without the driver even knowing it.
The GMC HUMMER EV ALLWHEEL DRIVE EBIKE, on the other hand, feels like a step in the right direction. It is still excessive but at a level that is at least reasonable. And the rider sure as hell will know if he or she hits someone.
I’m sure it would be a fun off-roader and even handle city commuting, although that’s not what it’s built for.
I half wonder if the bike was a response to some of the outrage directed at the GMC HUMMER EV from a lot of the people who don’t want to be crushed by cars. It would have been quite easy. It’s not like GMC had to do a lot of work here. The magic of license agreements meant that some money changed hands and a GMC sticker went on a Recon e-bike.
Whether this e-bike is worth $4,000 when you can find other equally capable e-bikes for less is something I will leave up to my educated readers.
And let’s all hope GM’s second attempt at an electric bike goes more smoothly than the first.
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