Two years ago, GM Authority exclusively reported that the GMC Hummer EV could lay the groundwork for an all-electric Humvee successor in the future. Last November, GM Defense announced that it had started exploring the possibility of developing an electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) based on the Hummer EV. This has now been confirmed, as GM Defense was selected to provide a Hummer EV to the U.S. Army for analysis and demonstration.
With the Hummer EV as well as Ultium battery and Ultium Drive tech, GM Defense will ensure the light- to heavy-duty electric vehicle is capable of meeting the U.S. Army’s requirements. The vehicle will need to meet the rigorous demands of both operational and garrison environments while reducing reliance on fossil fuels and mitigating emissions.
“This award showcases GM Defense’s ability to leverage the best battery electric technology in the commercial marketplace, said Steve duMont, president of GM Defense, in a press release. “With access to GM’s advanced technologies, GM Defense is able to provide proven commercial technologies adapted to meet specific defense requirements and the needs of our customers.”
As a reminder, the GMC Hummer EV is based on the GM BT1 platform, and is powered by GM’s Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive motors. Output ranges from 625 to 1,000 horsepower depending on the powertrain selected, with up to a three-motors setup. Production of the Hummer EV takes place at the GM Factory Zero plant (previously known as GM Detroit-Hamtramck) in Michigan.
The GMC Hummer EV-based vehicle will certainly look different from its civilian counterparts, featuring modifications to the frame, motors and battery in order to function in a more demanding environment. However, it will still share components with the production vehicle, much like the Chevy Colorado-based GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV).