More than a year after its unveiling, General Motors proudly announced that it was now delivering its Hummer EV Edition 1 Pickup, a 9,000-pound (4,082 kilograms) luxury electric beast with a 1,000-horsepower motor that can go from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in three seconds. The message: You can do your part to save the planet, if you’re rich that is.
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 headlined by the Hummer EV Edition 1, a $110,295 car with an estimated 329 miles (529 kilometers) of range, “modular sky panels,” the ability to do a “crabwalk” and drive diagonally, and an “extract mode” to navigate over boulders and water.
Luckily, this isn’t GM’s last EV. The company, which is working towards selling only zero emission cars and trucks by 2035, has plans to release 30 new electric vehicles over the next four years. According to the release, two-thirds of those new cars will be available in North America.
By 2025, half of the new vans FedEx Express buys will be electric. By 2030, any new Fedex Express van purchase will be for an electric vehicle, and by 2040, every delivery vehicle across the company will be electric. It’s a critical move for the climate. But the shift is simultaneously helping make the typical delivery vehicle better in other ways.
Take the example of the company’s newest vehicle, from BrightDrop, GM’s recently launched electric delivery vehicle business. While some EV manufacturers “are taking their existing diesel architecture and just sort of cramming a battery into that,” says BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz, the new design is built from the ground up, meaning it’s possible to reimagine other features.
GM has proposed building a $2.5 billion battery plant near Lansing with partner LG Energy Solution, the documents show.
The largest U.S. automaker is separately considering a $2 billion overhaul of its Orion Township assembly plant north of Detroit to build next-generation electric vehicles. The total investments could top $4 billion, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters.
Documents posted by the city of Lansing show GM is considering building a battery cell manufacturing plant in nearby Delta Township that could employ 1,700 people by 2028. The Lansing City Council is expected to consider the proposal on Monday.
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SAIC, GM’s partner in China, said yesterday that the Lyriq, the first midsize luxury SUV on the Ultium electric vehicle platform, has received nearly 5,000 pre-orders after it opened for pre-sale on November 17.
SAIC revealed the figure when it released November sales data, without providing more information about the Lyriq.
The largest Chinese carmaker sold 601,360 vehicles in November, down 6.6 percent from 643,928 units a year earlier.
GM dealers across the country told Insider they are generally optimistic about the future of their businesses and that they’re happy to sell cars no matter their power source. But some also expressed concern about how, exactly, to handle the expense (between $50,000 and $500,000 in upgrades, according to a GM spokesperson), the loss of revenue from cars that need less maintenance, and how to encourage customers to embrace a new way of getting around.
“Is it a concern? Absolutely,” said Paul Householder, service director at Michigan-based LaFontaine Automotive Group. “We just don’t know what we don’t know yet.”
It is clear, though, that dealers must be proactive. “It’s all that much more significant for us as dealers to be engaged,” said Ben Faricy, president of The Faricy Boys auto group in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “We know that this is coming, and we would rather be ahead of the game than behind the eight ball.”
Customers, beginning Nov. 17, can initially place orders for the rear-wheel drive, long-range version of the Lyriq at a price of 439,700 yuan ($68,811), GM China’s unit said.
The vehicle is produced at SAIC-GM, GM’s passenger vehicle joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp.
The Lyriq can drive for more than 650 kilometers on a full charge or 96 km on a 10-minute charge.
China deliveries are slated to start in mid-2022.
Deliveries of the USD$112,595 Hummer EV Edition 1 pickup truck to start in December. It will be classified as a heavy-duty pickup, with a tow rating of 7,500 pounds.
The first owners of the $112,595 GMC Hummer electric crew cab pickup will get slightly fewer miles range on a charge than they may have expected when the self-proclaimed super truck arrives in a few weeks.
The feature-laden Edition 1 model that will make up the first full year’s production at General Motor’s touted Factory ZERO in Detroit will be able to go 329 miles on a charge, tow up to 7,500 pounds and carry up to 1,300 pounds in its four-door cab and bed, GMC and Buick boss Duncan Aldred said Tuesday.
Previous GM statements cited an estimated 350-mile-plus range.
GM is now saying the Hummer Edition 1 will have a 329-mile range.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden’s visit last week to the General Motors plant that’s producing the GMC Hummer electric pickup caused a notable increase in reservations for the truck » CNBC