Duncan Aldred, head of GMC’s brand, confirmed today that the next-generation Hummer EV will arrive next month. While the truck will not be EPA-certified, it will have an all-electric drive range of 329 miles.
In addition, Aldred said about 125K people have expressed interest in the Hummer, with about half putting down a $100 deposit.
There are 80% of reservations for the “Edition 1” model, the first to arrive but also the most expensive, with a base price of $110,295. As time goes on, models will become cheaper, with an EV² model starting at just $80K.
Since GM has planned a slow rollout of Hummers, its four trim levels will come out over almost three years. GM originally planned to release Edition 1 in Fall 2021 – so they’re basically on schedule, even with the pandemic and parts shortages.
As of right now, GM hasn’t begun making customer-ready Hummers, but those should be rolling off the line soon, and will be delivered in December. It seems that Hummer EVs might be driven by the general public before Rivian trucks, depending on how GM prioritizes and ramps up their deliveries. Reservation holders will be contacted in the next few days to finalize their orders.
It turns out that the Hummer EV’s range is less than expected – GM originally estimated it would offer 350+ miles with the largest battery pack, but now estimates 329 miles. EPA ratings do not apply to trucks as big as the Hummer, and they are not required to list the efficiency of these vehicles on their window stickers. General Motors says its mileage testing follows EPA guidelines, but your mileage will vary depending on your driving conditions and style.
It’s possible that later models will also be revised downward in range numbers, but we’ll have to wait and see. It’s also worth noting that some manufacturers seem to be conservative in their range estimates, so once the truck is in customers’ hands – which should be very soon – we’ll have a better idea of what it can do.