Electric Hummer with nearly 745kW on the way

The new electric version of the Hummer off-roader, the Hummer EV, is set to feature removable roof panels for an open-air driving experience

The new fully electric Hummer off-roader will feature removable roof panels for a panoramic, open-air driving experience, according to the latest teased information about the forthcoming reimagined version of the iconic 4×4.

A short video (below) posted on social media in January 2020 revealed that the car would 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”.

Initially, a full reveal was planned for late this month (May 2020), however that date has now been pushed back. But production and customer deliveries – anticipated to take place at some point in 2021 – are said to be still on track.

The teaser video claims the Hummer will have an estimated 1,000hp (745kW) power output and a 0-100km/h 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 Australia any time soon. However, importing one from the States should be possible.

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.

Richard Ingram

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