GM delivers its first Hummer EV

The next chapter of GM’s electrification strategy has officially begun. The Verge reports that GM has begun shipping the Hummer EV as promised, with its first “supertruck” (an Edition 1) rolling off the line at Factory Zero in Hamtramck, Michigan. The automaker didn’t name the first customer, but that person was clearly paying for bragging rights given the Edition 1’s $110,295 sticker.

On other trim levels you will have to wait considerably longer. The $99,995 3X (which drops from 1,000 hp to “just” 830 hp) won’t arrive until the fall of 2022, while the $89,995 (625 hp) 2X variant will wait until the spring of 2023. The $79,995 trim 2 will not surface until spring 2024. but the base version delivers a claimed range of 300 or more miles, while that “entry-level” model delivers 250 miles per charge.

The steep prices won’t worry Tesla, Hyundai and other EV competitors too much. This is a luxury machine that will be sold in limited numbers. Popularity isn’t quite the point, though. This is the first consumer-oriented vehicle to ship with Ultium battery technology that will support numerous GM EVs in the future, including the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevy Silverado. The Hummer is both a halo vehicle for the brand and an answer to challengers like Tesla and Rivian.

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