General Motors will produce a military prototype vehicle based on the new Hummer EV in 2022, a report from CNBC reveals.
Based on HummerElectric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle “or eLRV, will use modified components of the Hummer EV, including its frame, batteries and recently the automaker revealed Ultium engines.which will give the electric vehicle 1000 horsepower.
Hummer EV, which was revealed in October last year will use three of these “Ultium” engines, providing about 11,500 lb-ft of torque. The car will have a mileage of 350 miles (563 km) when fully charged.
The new eLRV will be designed with the military in mind, which means it will probably look quite different from the commercial Hummer EV. GM has experience in converting electric vehicles to military specifications. The company also produces an infantry unit for the U.S. Army based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. Just last week, GM’s Chevrolet also unveiled a desert launch concept truck called “Beast”, it seems to be based on that military jeep.
Reducing the impact of the US military on the environment
The eLRV announcement came the same week that Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks went to GM’s headquarters to talk about their electrification plans, amid a rapid follow-up to the Biden administration’s policies and procedures to combat climate change. During this visit, Hicks also spoke about the potential for building remote recharging stations for electric vehicles near mission areas in the future.
In 2019 a study from Brown University showed that the US military is the world’s largest institutional polluter and produces more greenhouse gases than 140 countries. A Hummer eLRV based would be a good start, but there is still a long way to go. The US Air Force also supported several synthetic fuel projects, in an attempt to help it reduce its significant impact on the environment.
According to CNBC, The eLRV program has not yet been formalized, as the U.S. military is considering several potential candidates to develop more sustainable alternatives to its current fleet of reconnaissance vehicles. However, Rick Cooley, GM Defense’s vice president of product development and advanced engineering, said Monday that he expects production of the new Hummer-based eLRV prototype to begin next year.