Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love for environmentally-responsible brawny SUVs is well-documented; he’s had a small fleet of Hummers over the years, but in a bid to demonstrate how saving the environment is more about tech than sacrifice, had three of them converted to run on vegetable oil, biodiesel, and hydrogen, respectively. Last we heard, he still keeps that old vegetable oil-fueled Hummer H1 around.
More recently, the actor, former bodybuilder, and former California governor had the powertrain in his Mercedes G-Class electrified last winter. And now, the company that performed the conversion, Austria’s Kreisel Electric, has revealed something even more up The Governator’s alley: a prototype of a battery-electric Hummer H1.
Naturally, Schwarzenegger was present at the opening of Kreisel Electric’s new Rainbach, Austria R&D center to help unveil the electric SUV to the world.
“Kreisel Electric electrified my G-Class last winter. And now a Hummer. If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane,” Schwarzenegger remarked, according to Motor1.
The battery-electric Hummer H1 prototype features electric motors front and rear to preserve its AWD and deliver 360 kW of power (483 horsepower), while a 100-kWh battery pack provides nearly 300 km (186 miles) of range on a full charge. It weighs roughly 3,300 kilograms (7,280 pounds), which is actually a few hundred less than its claimed factory curb weight, and tops out at around 75 mph.
It will probably be some time before we see Kreisel Electric produce any road-ready examples of its pure-electric Hummer H1, but when (if) it does, we fully expect California’s former Governator to be among the first customers.