Last month, Austrian startup Kreisel Electric introduced a prototype battery-electric Hummer H1 – with some help from Hummer enthusiast and eco-conscious California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now, in a new video from Kreisel, we get to see the electron-powered tactical SUV drive about with its environmentally responsible new powertrain.
That powertrain is comprised of two electric motors – one driving the front axle, and one turning the rear – and a 100-kWh battery pack. Power is rated at an admirable 360 kW (483 horsepower) max, which is significantly better than any of the internal-combustion engines the Hummer H1 ever left the factory with. The bounty of low-RPM torque characteristic of electric motors ought to lend itself well to off-road endeavors, too, although we don’t currently know how high torque peaks.
Despite a 3,300-kg (7,300-pound) curb weight, the Kreisel Electric Hummer H1 EV boasts as much as 300 km (186 miles) of range on a full charge, and while that may not be sufficient for your average road trip, it’s more livable than a lot of the volume-production EVs currently out there.
Check out the video above from Kreisel Electric to see the startup’s new Hummer H1 EV prototype in action. Sadly, it seems we’ll have to wait before we get to see the eco-conscious SUV tackle any trails.