GM Defense introduces militarized version of GMC Hummer EV

GM Defense introduces militarized version of GMC Hummer EV

GM Defense, the military vehicles subsidiary of American automobile manufacturer General Motors, recently took wraps off its latest product – the all-new Electric Military Concept Vehicle (EMCV).

The EMCV is a militarized GMC Hummer EV, which can also be described as a stripped-down electric GMC Hummer EV with a number of modifications made keeping the special needs of the U.S. military.

In appearance, the new militarized EV looks quite similar to the Chevy Colorado ZR2-based, internal combustion engine-powered infantry squad vehicle (ISV) that was officially introduced in the year of 2020, but it is quite a different beast. It is a larger, heavier electric vehicle and it is silent.

The militarized vehicle has the same chassis and EV propulsion system as we saw in the civilian Hummer EV. It also features the same three powerful electric motors (e-motors) capable of producing a combined output of 1,000 horsepower (hp) and 11,500 pound-feet of torque, as well as a huge 212-kilowatt-hour (kWh) double-stacked Ultium battery pack. The usable capacity of the battery is 205 kWh.

A spokesperson for the Concord, North Carolina-headquartered military vehicle producer claimed that the new all-electric troop carrier can cover a distance of up to 300 miles on a full charge. Furthermore, the manufacturer has fitted it with a 12-kW diesel-powered generator for recharging.

Obviously, the electric troop carrier has not been designed keeping comfort of driver and five passengers in mind. Inside the vehicle, there are none of the comfort features that we find on the civilian version of the GMC Hummer EV pickup. The new EV has a tubular roll cage and belts to protect the occupants in the case of a rollover and there are seatbelts.

Commenting on the new EV, the spokesperson said, “We are trying to showcase what is in the realm of the possible just so we can get the discussion going and help shape their future requirements. They get to see the different sizes and how to customize it, the different options.”

The standard air suspension system has been replaced with Fox-branded performance shock absorbers, while the braking system has received a heavy-duty upgrade. The approach and departure angles have also been upgraded for enhanced mobility off-road. It runs on 37-inch tires and features a 46-inch gun ring, and a swing side-arm mount.

As the name suggests, the Hummer EV-based EMCV is a battery-powered concept vehicle that has been built as part of the U.S. Army’s Electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle (eLRV) Program.

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