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America Aside, We Can’t Think Of A More Appropriate Country

2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Truck

Russia is a country that exists. What sort of images are conjured in your mind when you think of Russia? For us, it’s a couple things: Vlad Putin, Soviet ruin porn, Lada, alcoholism, Khabib Nurmagomedov, dash cams, and wealthy sociopaths with poor taste. It makes perfect sense that this is the country where the Uran SUV is from. It makes perfect sense that there are garages in Russia full of people hard at work already making Tesla Cybertruck knock-offs. And it makes perfect sense for General Motors to reboot its regional strategy over there on the back of the 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

According to a new report from Ward’s Auto, General Motors has copyrighted the Hummer name in Russia for exclusive use in the next five years. The report notes that the Russian government hopes the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will help the market change perspectives when it comes to electric vehicles. It goes on to mention that the Russian government has set a target of 200,000 EVs, representing 8%-10% of the market, by 2025. That’s a moonshot from where things are currently in that market, as EV sales were between 10,000 and 11,000 units at the end of 2019.

But none of them could be even remotely compared to what GM is going to offer with the Hummer EV.

GMC Hummer EV Truck

To recap, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will offer as much as 1,000 horsepower, and 11,500 pounds of wheel torque. It will be offered in single, dual and tri-motor configurations, like the Cybertruck, but will have removable doors and a targa top, like a Jeep Gladiator. It will be capable of rocketing from 0-60 in just 3 seconds, which is faster than the 2021 Ram TRX. Additionally, it will have a front trunk, like the Rivian R1T, unique driver modes like Adrenaline and Crab modes, and will also come in SUV flavor.

Will the Hummer EV account for the 200,000 EV sales that Russia is looking for? Definitely not. Will it change customer perceptions? Probably yes.

Hummer EV logo
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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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