GM Defense will deliver a GMC Hummer EV to the military for testing


The US military wants an electric vehicle from General Motors.

On Tuesday, GM subsidiary GM Defense said it had been selected to provide a battery-electric vehicle for testing and demonstration purposes to the military, so it will offer the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup. .

“The US military purchased a Hummer through GM Defense,” said GM Defense spokeswoman Sonia Taylor. She declined to say how much the Army paid for it, but the retail Hummer, which is built at Factory Zero in Detroit and Hamtramck, starts at $108,700.

Selling just one may not seem significant, but Taylor said it was a stepping stone to electrifying the US defense industry.

“We’re trying to help defense and government partners transition to a future EV, so that’s one of the steps,” Taylor said. “Our industry is moving very slowly. Slower than the commercial market. But this is a positive step in that direction.”

Last week, Canoo, a high-tech advanced mobility company, said it had also been selected by the military to supply an electric vehicle for analysis and demonstration purposes.

GM Defense will deliver the Hummer to Army Contracts Command – Detroit Arsenal in Warren “no later than August 31,” Taylor said. The military will evaluate it, but they don’t know if the military intends to buy more.

An Army representative did not immediately respond to a request from the Detroit Free Press for comment or further details.

But according to the Army procurement description outlined in its bid, it said: “The intent of this requirement is to procure a new light to heavy battery electric vehicle (BEV) or hybrid electric wheeled vehicle in series, for analysis and demonstration by the government.”

He goes on to state that the vehicle will address the “need to incorporate a scalable and adaptable capability that reduces reliance on fossil fuels in both operational and garrison environments of the military. The vehicle will also demonstrate the ability to generate, store and distribute power to the Soldier.”

The Hummer can generate 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of wheel torque and is capable of a full 350 kilowatt/800 volt DC quick charge, allowing up to nearly 100 miles in 12 minutes. It offers 329 miles of combined range for the Edition 1 and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds.

“Leveraging GM’s cutting-edge technology, this demonstration will prove to our US military customer what an all-electric supertruck can do and how the underlying technology can be leveraged for future defense needs, whether whether on a facility or in a tactical environment,” said Steve duMont. , Chairman of GM Defense.

GM is investing $35 billion in electric vehicles and self-driving technology through 2025, which GM Defense can leverage for its military products, as it has already done for US government customers.

GM formed GM Defense in 2017. In 2020, it won its first contract, worth $214.3 million, to build the Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) for the military. The ISV is based on the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 mid-size pickup. It’s designed for quick ground mobility and to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad to the battlefield.

GM Defense has won a $214.3 million contract to build the Infantry Squad vehicle shown here.  The ISV is based on the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup and uses 90% commercial components.

GM Defense has located the plant that will manufacture the ISV in Concord, North Carolina, and delivered the first ISV in October 2020. It has agreed to produce 649 ISVs, which it will deliver by fiscal year 2024, and it will support production of up to 2,065 vehicles as it gains additional clearance on the eight-year contract.

In September 2021, GM Defense announced that it had been awarded a $36.4 million contract from the US State Department to develop the Next Generation Large Support Utility Vehicles for the Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. The DSS is the federal law enforcement and security arm of the department. GM Defense will create a purpose-built rugged Suburban and manufacture 10 over the next two years.

In May, GM Defense announced that it would begin expanding its business and seek to provide highly customized vehicles and other services to international military, security and government customers, Canada being one of them.

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