GM Begins Delivery of Its Luxury Electric Hummer EV Pickup

A general view of GMC Hummer EVs is pictured on November 17, 2021 at General Motors’ Factory ZERO electric vehicle assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan. Photo: Nic Antaya (Getty Images)

More than a year after his unveiling, General Motors proudly announced that it has now delivered its Hummer EV Edition 1 Pickup, a 9,000-pound (4,082 kilogram) luxury electric beast with a 1,000-horsepower motor that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in three seconds. you) can go. The message: You can do your part to save the planet, if you’re rich.

In a press release on Friday, GM announced the beginning of “a new era” for the company, marked by the delivery of its first next-generation electric vehicles. Unfortunately, that new era is crowned by the Hummer EV Edition 1, a $110,295 car with an estimated range of 529 miles, “modular air panels,” the ability to do a “crabwalk” and drive diagonally, and an “extraction mode” to navigate boulders and water.

Fortunately, this isn’t GM’s last EV. The company that works on sales only zero emissions cars and trucks by 2035, plans to bring 30 new electric vehicles to market over the next four years. According to the release, two-thirds of those new cars will be available in North America.

“Both commercial and residential customers will benefit from the EV experience, from thrilling acceleration to low operating costs, versatility and post-sale customization,” GM president Mark Reuss said in a statement. “GM is ideally positioned to deliver EVs to any customer in any segment, retail or commercial.”

While I understand it makes business sense to create an electric vehicle for certain customer segments, it’s mind-boggling to debut such a luxury electric truck like this when the planet is in crisis. We have to electrify everything, and quickly, to tackle climate change. While the all-electric Hummer EV Edition 1 is an (unnecessary) example of the change we need, the price tag will keep it out of reach for the majority, which is the exact opposite of what’s needed. (Electrek reports: that cheaper versions of the Hummer EV, starting at $80,000, will hit the market over the next two years).

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However, don’t be fooled into thinking that GM doesn’t know how to make cars that benefit the planet and its business. In addition to shipping the Hummer EV Edition 1, GM also began shipping its BrightDrop EV600 electric vans to customer FedEx, which has ordered 500 EV600s. The EV600 can travel 250 miles (402 kilometers) at maximum payload and up to 2,200 pounds (997 kilograms).

FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer Mitch Jackson told CNBC that sustainability is a core part of the company and that it looked at the scalability of electric vehicles.

“We use a lot of vehicles in our operation and we need a lot of vehicles to make a significant difference in our operations,” Jackson said, according to the outlet. “We need that scale and we need that production capacity.”

The world also needs many electric vehicles to make a significant difference in its response to the climate crisis. Those vehicles should be accessible to all and designed to meet most of society’s needs. In other words, they are very different from the Hummer EV Edition 1.

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