The new GMC Hummer EV is a huge vehicle, and in order to power a huge vehicle, the electric
motor needs a huge battery. While this seems like a great combination, supply chain issues are
making it difficult for GM to the all the Ultium cells they need for the Hummer EV. These
choices are causing delays in getting the Hummer to GMC dealerships near you and me.
How Big Is the Battery Pack?
The Hummer EV Edition 1 that recently went into production weighs over 9,000 pounds. A good
portion of this comes from the 212.7 kWh battery pack that weighs 2,923 pounds. The battery
will feed the three electric motors that have the power to propel the Hummer to 60 mph in
about the same amount of time as a Corvette. The size of the Hummer requires about the same
amount of battery cells as two normal sized electric vehicles, such as the Lyriq and the Blazer EV
and three times the size of the battery in the Chevy Bolt.
Is There a Battery Shortage
Like many other auto components in the past few years, there are limited batteries available.
The shift to electric vehicles happened very fast, and now with more automakers turning their
sights toward a completely electric lineup, the need and demand for battery cells is outpacing
the production. While there are plans for some automotive companies to start producing their
own batteries, in order to get EVs on and off the production line and out to customers,
companies like GM need to make some decisions about what vehicles to focus on.
What is The Hummer EV?
The Hummer EV is an all-electric supertruck. It first arrived as a pickup truck, but the SUV model
recently went into production. The pickup truck has a 1000 horsepower electric powertrain and
will go from zero to 60 in just 3.3 seconds. The rear wheel steering system uses brute force to
make its way through almost any terrain, and it even has a driving mode that allows it to go
sideways. This revolutionary mode is called the Crab mode.
The Hummer EV is just as impressive on the inside as it is on the outside. The pickup truck has a
a crew-like cab and a five-foot bed. It comes with the option for a removeable roof with
transparent panels that look like a panoramic glass sunroof when they are in place. A huge
13.4-inch touchscreen sits in the middle of the dash and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster sits in
front of the driver.
The Cadillac Lyriq
The Cadillac Lyriq uses the same Ultium battery technology as the Hummer, and this crossover
SUV is a much more mainstream model. Production on the Lyriq started in March, and as the
number of Lyriqs in production rose, the number of Hummer EVs declined. These production
numbers appear to be related, with GM focusing more on the Lyriq.
While the Hummer EVs massive battery is limited the number of Hummers in production, when
the battery shortage eases, these trucks will be worth the wait. If you’re wondering when the
Hummer EV will make its way to a GMC dealership near me, you just might have to be a little
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