Twenty years ago they were the go-to brand and the go-to vehicle for celebs such as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hummer and their stadium sized vehicles were found everywhere, then, as quick as a spring snow melting, they disappeared. As big and as tough and as brawny they were, they couldn’t cope with the price of oil and the gas guzzling Hummers made their exit after less than a decade.
Effectively a civilian version of the Humvee from maker AM General, The Hummer was available in different grades and different sizes; the H1 was the direct-to-civilian version, whilst the H2 and H3 were built upon General Motors platforms.
GM themselves shut down their own electric vehicle program at the time they acquired the brand. The then big hope for electric vehicles, the EV1 quietly disappeared as the Hummers took over. So there is no small irony in the fact that GM are talking up the return of the Hummer, complete with a purely electric powertrain.
With an expected late-mid 2021 arrival date, the electric Hummer is said to be packing big numbers. And it will want to, considering the expected forthcoming competition from Tesla, Rivian, Ford’s electric F-150, and a mooted startup to be built in a former GM plant at Lordstown, Ohio. Numbers of up to 1,000 horsepower, torque of up to a seemingly incredible 11,500 lb-ft, and a sprint to 60mph of around three seconds, are being spoken of.
Styling wise, little is yet known; removable roof panels and a front T-bar have been rumored since talk of an electric Hummer started in mid 2019. It would be fair to presume that the externals would bear a resemblance to the original, and also fair to presume that the interior would be either a luxury oriented fit out, or an efficient and functional look to suit the rugged off-road usage the original was renowned for.
Indeed, concept pictures vary on this; one set shows a H3 styling in a two door configuration, whereas another looks at a more traditional truck styling complete with muscular front and rear fenders wrapped around massive wheels of somewhere between 22 to 24 inches.
Officially, the project was set to be unveiled just a few days ago, but the current Covid-19 emergency has postponed that to an as-yet undeclared date.