Electric Hummer with nearly 1,000bhp on the way
A short teaser video (above) posted on social media has revealed that a new fully electric version of the iconic Hummer 4x4 will be unveiled later this year. It'll be called the Hummer EV, and the short film shows the car’s start-up headlight sequence with the words: “A quiet revolution is coming. All-electric. Zero emissions. No limits”. The date 20/05/2020 is also given – hinting at a full reveal later this year.
The same video claims the Hummer will have an estimated 1,000hp (986bhp) power output and a 0-60mph time of three seconds. There are no other details available at this time, although it’s likely the new pure-electric Hummer will take styling inspiration from its gas-guzzling petrol-powered predecessors.
Expect bluff, boxy styling, a towering ride height and gigantic off-road tyres. The film shows a seven-bar backlit grille, with the word ‘Hummer’ projected between the headlights. The start-up sequence, much like that of the latest Audi A8, features multiple LEDs that switch on and off when the car is unlocked.
It’s not clear what size battery and electric motor the new Hummer EV will have, but it’s more than likely to feature a powerful dual-motor setup providing instant torque to all four wheels. We expect it to weigh more than 2.5 tonnes and feature dedicated off-road driving modes.
The new Hummer EV will be built by GMC, likely in the US. Parent company General Motors pulled out of Europe in 2018, so we don’t expect the Hummer to be officially sold in the UK any time soon. However, like its predecessor, importing one from the States should be possible.
With a reveal date of 20 May 2020, we’d expect first customer deliveries to take place some time towards the end of 2021. Once it arrives, the electric Hummer will face competition from start-up firms Bollinger and Rivian, which are also developing electric off-roaders, as well as the radically styled Tesla Cybertruck pickup.