General Motors (GM) is starting to ship the GMC Hummer EV to customers in the United States. This is a massive milestone for the automaker as the Hummer EV is the first vehicle on the Ultium platform.
The Ultium platform is GM’s all-in-one in-house platform that will be the base of dozens of new EV’s coming down the road for the manufacturer. The platform includes both motors and batteries.
Reservations of the new Hummer EV are fully booked through the next year. The company is starting with the $113,000 version and will move lower-priced versions into production over the next year.
The first Hummer EV off the production line was auctioned off for $2.5 million earlier this year. Proceeds of the auction went to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, in honour of the September 11 first responder, Stephen Siller.
The first GMC Hummer EV has rolled off the line and been delivered. Huge day for $GM. Now comes the ramp up in production of the Hummer and other EV’s on the Ultium battery platform. pic.twitter.com/H7XRbFfqVE
— Phil LeBeau (@Lebeaucarnews) December 17, 2021
The move to electrify for GM is an expensive and lengthy process. The company plans to invest roughly $30 billion into the production and development of EVs.
This investment includes the Hummer pickup and an upcoming SUV variant through 2025.
The company also confirmed they delivered the first electric commercial delivery van, the EV600, to FedEx this week.
The Hummer EV pickup joins the Rivian R1T as the only two EV pickups on the market. However, the Tesla Cybertruck, Ford F-150 Lightning and two EV pickups from Chevrolet and GMC are coming in the next few years.