In a virtual fireside chat with member of the media yesterday, GM CEO Mary Barra discussed the automaker’s EV efforts and product plans, indicating that she does not anticipate any further reductions to GM’s gas-powered vehicle portfolio, as we covered previously. During the call, Barra also said that many new vehicle “reveals will be online,” which likely includes the forthcoming GMC Hummer EV pickup. What’s more, Barra said that General Motors will leverage “virtual and augmented reality to tell the story,” lending further evidence to speculation that the debut for the all-electric Hummer will indeed be virtual.
The GMC Hummer EV is poised to reintroduce the Hummer nameplate as an all-new, all-electric pickup truck, based on GM’s new BT1 EV platform. Buyers will have three powertrains to choose from, including single, dual, and triple electric motors, with the range-topping model producing over 1,000 horsepower and sprinting to 60 mph in three seconds. Both a pickup truck and SUV body style are planned, with the pickup debuting ahead of the SUV.
The new Hummer EV was originally slated to debut May 20th, 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic put those plans on hold, with no clear date for the rescheduled reveal.
Back in May, Barra indicated during the Q1 2020 earnings call that development of future GM EV models is still on track, despite disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. GM aims to introduce “at least” 20 all-new battery-electric models by 2023, with the new Hummer EV being among the first alongside the forthcoming Cadillac Lyriq all-electric crossover. The Lyriq was originally scheduled to debut in April, but like the Hummer EV, its reveal was also delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
GM has provided numerous teasers for the new Hummer EV thus far, including a look at the front grille, and a look at the removable roof panels, plus a brief glimpse of the model’s open top.