At the time, GM Defense President David Albritton told us in an interview that the all-electric pickup truck “could provide a great base platform for an electric vehicle to be used in the military context”. He also said that there were not yet any plans to produce such a thing, but added, “we’d like to position ourselves as the company that can provide those kinds of capabilities if or when they’re needed”.
Now, the artists at HummerNation.com have picked up on this, and produced renderings of a military Hummer EV in three colors and two body styles. Two of the renderings are the same shape as the civilian vehicle, which is scheduled to go on sale in the range-topping Edition 1 configuration this fall at a cost of $112,595. The other body style, virtually painted in a shade of tan, has a hardtop cover over the bed, which would likely be more useful in military applications.
All three have black wheel arches, custom front bumpers, and two enormously long rear antennas to allow the crew to stay in radio contact with the rest of the squad. Appropriately, they also sit on no-nonsense steel wheels which wear seriously chunky off-road tires.
A military Hummer EV would complete a historical automotive circle. The original Hummer, retrospectively named H1, was the civilian version of AM General’s High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), colloquially known as the Humvee. The H1 was introduced in 1992 and remained in production until 2006. General Motors acquired the rights to the Hummer brand in 1999, even though AM General was responsible for producing the H1 and the later H2, which was produced from 2002 until 2009, when GM closed Hummer down during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
A smaller Hummer, the H3, was introduced for the 2006 model year. It was entirely a GM product, with no AM General involvement. It was also produced by The General at three facilities: Shreveport, Louisiana, Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Kaliningrad, Russia (operated by Avtotor).
If it ever went into production, the military-spec Hummer EV imagined by HummerNation.com would be, strictly speaking, the first military Hummer ever built. Although clearly derived from Humvee, the actual Hummer nameplate has only ever been used for civilian vehicles.