Hummer EV SUV: How much does it cost and when will it be avaliable?
President Biden was seen enjoying his ride in an electric Hummer. When will they be available to the public, and does the size negate climate benefits?
An electric Hummer SUV, to some, sounds like a sci-fi fantasy, and to others, an oxymoronic pipe dream.
President Biden, for one, has jumped on the Hummer EV bandwagon. The president took to Twitter on Monday to post a picture of himself behind the wheel of one of GMC’s electric behemoths.
Fox News criticized the photo and informed readers that the vehicle was not eligible for the $7,500 tax credit that President Biden was touting in the post. Only SUVs under $80,000 are eligible for the tax credit.
Researchers report that some gas-powered cars have a smaller carbon footprint than Hummer EV
Aside from these more superficial critiques, others attacked the post for promoting a false solution to the climate crisis. GMC advertised the vehicle as an option for those uninterested in more compact and efficient EVs. The monstrosity weighs 9,063 lbs, of which 2,923 lbs come from the battery.
The battery and the energy needed to charge it create a perplexing reality where the per-mile emissions of the Hummer EV are larger than some gas-powered cars. Peter Huether, a senior researcher at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, noted that while some EVs release fewer emissions per mile driver than gas-powered cars, “they are not zero” because of the energy it takes to charge them. For instance, the Chevy Bolt, an EV, releases only 92 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2), much lower than the gas-powered Chevy Malibu, which releases 320 grams. The Hummer EV, while far less polluting than the Hummer H1 (889 grams), still pollutes 341 grams per mile (depending on where in the country the car is being charged).
When will the Hummer EV SUV be released?
When GMC opened the reservation period for the HUmmer EV, the company warned buyers that it could be over two years before they saw their new wheels. GMC estimates that many who reserved their Hummer EV will see them delivered in 2024. To meet this deadline, GMC has closed the reservation period and is working to scale up its production capabilities.
How much will the SUV cost?
According to Motor Trend, the price of the vehicle will depend on the model purchased:
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