General Motors’ defense division was chosen by the US Army to deliver a Hummer EV for use as a demo.
The US Army is looking to test and analyze the vehicle for its use as a future military vehicle.
Hummer and the Army have long had a relationship. However, unlike its gas-powered sibling, the Hummer EV was not designed for military or police use.
According to Automotive News, a GM spokesperson said this about the Hummer EV demo:
With an ability to leverage GM’s portfolio of commercial battery electric technology and $35 billion investments in electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle technology, we believe we are an ideal partner to help our defense and government customers transition to a more electric, autonomous and connected future. (via InsideEVs)
As per the GM spokesperson, the Army plans to buy one Hummer EV and may expand the order later on.
Interestingly, GM’s defense division is following their civilian side of the operation and is planning to move to a fully electric suite of vehicles by 2035.
However, their principal client, the US Department of Defense and the various services have been slow to transition to electric vehicles for their non-tactical fleet.
The US Army is also interested in Canoo, entering into a contract with the fledgling automaker this month to analyze its electric vehicle.