GM will be launching new EVs starting this year

The next General Motors EV will be a renewed Chevrolet Bolt EV, launching in late 2020. This will be followed by a ‘crossover’ version, dubbed the Bolt EUV, launching Summer 2021.

GM says the 2022 Bolt EUV will be the first vehicle outside of the Cadillac brand to feature Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free driving technology. GM promises Super Cruise will be available in 10 name plates by 2021, and expand to 22 vehicles across the GM brands by 2023.

The Cadillac Lyriq luxury SUV will be in April, but details about its launch were not shared. The GMC HUMMER EV is scheduled to be introduced on May 20, with production expected to start in the fall at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

What is clear from this announcement is that aside from the Chevy Bolt, GM’s new EVs are big, heavy vehicles that will appeal to American buyers. GM has not changed that direction.

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Preorders of GMC’s new Hummer electric pickup start May 20, 2020

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press via USA Today »

General Motors will start taking preorders for the GMC Hummer battery electric pickup May 20.

The automaker said it will start production on the Hummer in September 2021 at its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant.

On May 20, GM will livestream a public reveal on of the new Hummer, its engine specifications and its price, dealers told the Free Press and a GMC spokeswoman confirmed.

Super Bowl ad shows a … GMC Hummer? Environmentalists are going to have a cow.

So, there’s more to this rumour. The GMC Hummer nameplate is coming back, as a electric pickup truck.

The video ends with “See It 5.20.20” » apparently a planed date for some type of reveal.

Greg Migliore, Autoblog »

Hummer, the iconic, controversial and long-dead truck and SUV maker, returned this Sunday in a Super Bowl ad that previewed its comeback under the GMC brand. General Motors announced the move and teased the vehicle with a series of clips (below) Thursday morning, confirming reports of Hummer’s resurrection that have simmered for months.

The bane of environmentalists in the early 2000s, Hummer is recast as an electric-only truck capable of a jaw-dropping 1,000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of torque (we believe this figure to be wheel torque) and a sprint to 60 mph in 3 seconds. “We came to play ball,” a spokesman deadpanned in an interview with Autoblog. Electric range was not revealed. The teaser shots show a grille that recalls old Hummer vehicles, though the look is updated with flashy lights.

GM will build the reborn Hummer at the Detroit-Hamtramck factory in Michigan that was once thought to be set to close. It will be revealed May 20 at an event, possibly in Las Vegas. The truck will be available in fall 2021.

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January 24, 2020 Kshitij Sharma, » Hummer To Come Back As An Electric Pick-up By GMC

January 04, 2020 » Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press » Dear GM: Don’t revive Hummer. Focus on Cadillac instead

January 02, 2020 » Rachel Davies, Vox » The rise and fall of the Hummer, America’s most needlessly masculine vehicle

December 26, 2019 » Alexander Stoklosa, MotorTrend » What Would an Electric Hummer Designed to Take on Tesla and Rivian’s SUVs Look Like?

December 27, 2019 » Erik Johnson, Automobile Magazine » Hummer Might Come Back as an EV Brand: What Would That Look Like?

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GM relaunches the Hummer brand as a luxury pickup truck, with 1,000-horsepower electric motors, to re-power its image

Joseph White, Reuters »

GM confirmed that it plans to begin selling an electric GMC Hummer EV pickup under its GMC brand in the fall of 2021.

The relaunch of the Hummer name had previously been reported. The extreme power and three-second zero-to-60 miles per hour performance of the new Hummer’s electric drive system had not. Advertising for the vehicle will begin on Thursday today and rev up with a Super Bowl ad starring basketball star LeBron James.

Promoting a vehicle so long before it appears in showrooms points to a key part of the GMC Hummer’s mission: to spark fresh interest in GM and its products.

The Detroit automaker’s share price is stagnant and investor attention is focused on Silicon Valley upstart Tesla Inc , which now has a market capitalization more than twice its much larger rival’s.

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GMC Hummer could be part of a move into EV trucks and SUVs

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General Motors Co plans to build a new family of premium electric pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant beginning in late 2021, possibly reviving the imposing Hummer brand on some of them, several people familiar with the plans said.

The so-called BT1 electric truck/SUV program is the centerpiece of a planned $3 billion investment in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant to make electric trucks and vans, and part of a broader $7.7 billion investment in GM’s U.S. plants over the next four years, according to a proposed labor deal between the automaker and the United Auto Workers union.