The quiet revolution will have to wait a bit longer. Yesterday, GMC announced that the May 20 reveal date for its upcoming Hummer EV will be delayed indefinitely. The delay is almost certainly tied to the COVID-19 crisis, which has brought the entire automotive industry to a grinding halt.
The Hummer EV will ride on GM’s recently-announced flexible EV architecture, which uses Ultium batteries co-developed between GM and LG Chemical. It’s planned to be the second vehicle to ride on that architecture, following Cadillac’s Lyriq luxury SUV, which has also been delayed. Though the Lyriq was announced over a year ago, the Hummer EV represent more recent news. GMC made a big splash at the Super Bowl with an advertisement announcing that a “quiet revolution” was coming, led by the Hummer EV.
The Hummer certainly sounds interesting; GMC claims that it will have 11,500 lb-ft of torque and roughly 1000 horsepower. Those figures are enough to make your eyeballs pop. How the company plans to position it against offerings like the Tesla Cybertruck and the Rivian R1T remains to be seen.
Despite the delay, GMC says that the Hummer EV is still on track to arrive to the first owners in fall of 2021.