By now, you’ve heard that America plans to put people back on the moon by 2024. But what you haven’t heard is that General Motors – long standing in its relationship with NASA – will also be sending the first truck on Earth’s moon: the GMC Hummer EV. You read it here first.
Update: Yes, this is an April Fools story. Because, just like $GME and $AMC, the Hummer EV is unfortunately not going to the moon.
You may recall that GM was integral in the design of the original Lunar Rover from the 1960s. And in the 2010s, was also involved in engineering a robot – a Robonaut – for use on the International Space Station (ISS). By way of the recently formed GM Defense, the all-electric GMC Hummer EV will be used to test the durability of GM’s new Ultium battery technology in a place with no atmosphere. Electric vehicles, after all, require no oxygen, and are a perfect vessel to help explore the viability of opening a dealership franchise on the Earth’s only moon.
GM lunar explorations chief engineer April Furston told MC&T that the biggest challenge of sending the new Hummer EV is figuring out how much extra fuel the rockets will need lift the girthy electric truck into orbit, along with the standard crew, tools, and other equipment needed for the planned moon mission.
The Hummer EV, which will be externally affixed to the bottom of the Artemis lunar landing craft, will allow for high-speed mobility during the 2024 moon mission, which will help scout possible rally stages for Extreme E, which the Hummer EV is competing in.
In order to not run out of electric charge, NASA will set up an array of wind turbines, which will capture solar winds from the sun. This should allow for the electric Hummer to perform DC fast charging between explorations.
Eventually, NASA plans on sending humans to Mars. And with Elon Musk and Space-X likely sending a Tesla Cybertruck to the Red Planet, we can only speculate the the GMC Hummer EV will eventually be sent to Mars, as well.