The GMC Hummer EV has generated an incredible amount of buzz for itself, with reservations closing at 90,000 orders. It’s a statement that demonstrates demand for electric vehicles, provided they’re as fun, as radical, and as practical as the Hummer EV. With up to 1,000 horsepower, a removable roof, self-driving technology, and a full-size truck bed, it’s exactly that. While all that is good and well, General Motors has announced it will be pumping the brakes and pausing production of the GMC Hummer EV starting in November, likely to last until the end of the year.
The pause will give time to upgrade the GM Factory Zero facility to better accommodate and hopefully expedite the production process of not only the GMC Hummer EV but upcoming electric trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado EV, which will be built at Factory Zero as well.
On the surface it sounds like bad news, although to those 90,000 reservation holders it may be perceived as progress. With reservations closed, it’s been reported that the GMC Hummer EV is fighting a 17-year backlog at its current production rate of just 12 units a day.
The pause will commence in late November, presumably the week of thanksgiving, and upgrades are expected to take weeks to complete, meaning we may not see any production of the GMC Hummer EV until early 2023 now. Other EV’s such as the Blazer, Equinox, and even the Chevy Silverado EV remain on their regular production schedule. While all of that takes place GM is expected to place heavier emphasis on its Cadillac EV production which consequently holds higher margins than the Hummer EV.
If you’re desperate to get behind the wheel of a GMC Hummer EV and tired of waiting your turn, there are some ways to make it happen. You could rent one in Florida for less than $1,000 a day or wait for the new Call of Duty game to come out (Warzone 2.0) November 16th where you’ll be able to drive it all around, although in a virtual world.