(PatriotWise.com)- The military is testing a GMC Hummer EV to minimize its dependency on fossil fuels. The decision comes after President Biden pledged to spend “billions” on “greening” the military.
Steve DuMont, president of GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors, said that this demonstration would show our U.S. Army client what an all-electric supertruck can achieve and how the underlying technology can be utilized for future defense demands.
The Hummer EV Edition 1 will cost $112,595. The Army hasn’t disclosed how much it paid for the EV, but it will before August’s end.
GM’s all-electric Hummer has 1,000 horsepower and 24 double-stacked Ultium modules. A company spokeswoman stated that it could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds with its initial version.
Dumont added that the GM Defense is using its $35 billion investment in electric and autonomous cars to assist the DoD in fulfilling its climate targets. GM Defense can supply proven commercial technology modified to satisfy unique defense requirements and client needs.
The DOD will evaluate the Hummer EV pickup’s military performance. Steve Herrick of the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Combat Support and Combat Service Support told Fox News the Army would evaluate its military operational mission profile performance as it develops a future electric light reconnaissance vehicle (eLRV).
Edition 1 has all the attributes of the Hummer EV, including a 1,000-horsepower tri-motor engine and an air suspension system with an “Extract” mode.
President Biden proposes to spend “billions” to make the U.S. Military “climate-friendly” Biden promised Democrat legislators on Earth Day that every military vehicle will be eco-friendly. The president said, “No, I mean billions of dollars.”
The Biden Administration anticipates electric cars to make up most of the Pentagon’s fleet by 2030. Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said tactical vehicles would use a combination of fossil fuels and electricity before fully transitioning. One hundred seventy thousand non-tactical military cars and trucks may be modified immediately.
Hicks said at EMU that electric cars are silent. They have a low heat signature and plentiful torque, and because they are minimal maintenance with fewer moving parts, they may cut logistical needs.
The U.S. Military is replacing its Humvee fleet with new vehicles. According to the GAO, the Army utilizes 242,000 tactical wheeled vehicles.