General Motors will produce a military prototype Humvee EV based on the consumer GMC Hummer EV in 2022, according to a report on CNBC.
The Hummer-based electric light reconnaissance vehicle, or eLRV, for potential use by the military, is the next step in commercializing the carmaker’s EV business, said GM Defense President Steve duMont. Company officials confirmed that the Hummer EV’s platform (frame, motors, and the Ultium batteries) will be used towards the prototype Humvee EV, though it may not look anything like the consumer Hummer EV which has just entered pre-production at Factory Zero, Detroit.
On Nov 8, Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks visited GM’s technical center in Warren, Michigan, to hear about GM Defense’s R&D of EVs for the defense industry. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has mentioned that new policies to support climate change is a top priority for the Biden administration, with Hicks having commented that they are “very sold” on the idea of EVs.
The charging of these vehicles would take place using mobile units with generators, running on some form of an internal combustion engine though. “Electrifying the non-tactical fleet, that’s a no-brainer”, Hicks told CNBC indicating that the eLRV project would see the light of day.