It’s been known for about a year now that GM Defense has been working on building a militarized version of the GMC Hummer EV. But, following total silence, the first images of the truck and some specifications have been unveiled, and it looks pretty epic. One might see some similarities to the design with the gasoline-powered “ISV,” which is based on the Chevy Colorado ZR2, but this is unsurprisingly larger. And far, far more powerful.
GM Defense eMCV: Details
Dubbed the Electric Military Concept Vehicle (eMCV), the Hummer incorporates the civilian vehicle’s chassis and suspension system but includes larger 37-inch tires and an upgraded brake system designed for better off-road maneuverability. According to Breaking Defense, the vehicle retains a 24-module, double-stacked (212-kilowatt hour) Ultium battery pack found in the standard GMC Hummer EV. That means the Militarized Hummer EV still has 1,000 horsepower from its main powertrain. However, since this vehicle would theoretically be used in the field, it also has been outfitted with a 12-kilowatt diesel-powered generator for limited charging. The concept is similar to that of the Ram 1500 REV range-extender variant.
General Motors Defense claims the eMCV has a 300-mile final combined driving range and can charge up for a 100-mile drive in 12 minutes. Of course, since this concept would be a military asset, the Hummer EV also features a 46-inch gun ring and a swing side-arm mount for, you know, defense. Since this is just an example of what General Motors Defense can offer for a militarized Hummer EV, it’s unclear whether or not the U.S. Army will decide to purchase eMCVs. But, the Army has been testing a civilian Hummer EV for some time, so we may yet see the eMCV employed into service.
The ability for the truck to have a “Silent Watch” and “Silent Drive” mode would be highly advantageous on the battlefield. Only time will tell if this concept will be turned into a product for the U.S. Army, but one thing is certain. It looks epic.