Hummer EV, GM’s first all-electric truck and rival to Tesla’s Cybertruck, sold out in the first 10 minutes of opening the pre-orders
Yesterday, General Motors unveiled its first all-electric Hummer, the GM Hummer EV. The Hummer EV line was launched in October 2020 through a live stream. The off-road luxury electric truck is a response to Tesla’s Cybertruck. The Hummer EV includes a pickup truck (SUT) and a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) that will be introduced in 2021.
Less than 24 hours after the launch, General Motors said it has sold out the first year’s worth of its hulking GMC Hummer EV electric pickup truck after a splashy video reveals on Tuesday, according to a confirmed report from Reuters. The GMC website showed a “reservations full” banner over the Hummer EV “Edition 1,” due to start production in the fall of 2021. The next version of the truck, the $99,995 Hummer EV 3X, is not scheduled to begin production until the fall of 2022.
The Hummer EV “Edition 1” is the sole model available for the first year and considered to be a limited edition that was available for pre-order by the end of the launch event on October 20, 2020. All Edition 1 are white with a black roof with bronze-colored wheels and a two-tone black and gray interior with bronze accents and Edition 1 badges.
Edition 1 has three electric motors with 1000 horsepower and comes fully loaded with the Extreme Off-Road package, which includes 35-inch mud-terrain tires, skid plates, and rock sliders. The Hummer EV Edition 1 broke records as it had sold out in the first 10 minutes of opening the pre-orders.
The least expensive Hummer EV, starting at $79,995, is scheduled to go into production in the spring of 2024, GM said. The Hummer EV was designed and engineered in 18 months, GM officials said during a presentation on Wednesday. The brawny truck can “crab walk” sideways on rough terrain using its four-wheel steering system, and has a “Watts to Freedom” mode that accelerates the truck to 60 miles per hour (97 kph) in 3 seconds.
The Hummer EV is very different from the Tesla Cybertruck but equally eye-grabbing design and a bevy of extreme performance features. The Cybertruck’s starting price is $39,900, though a model with 500 miles of range starts at $69,900. Tesla has begun building a factory in Austin, Texas to build the Cybertruck starting in late 2021.