Arnold Schwarzenegger Shows Off World’s First Electric Hummer H1


Using two electric motors, this electric Hummer H1 prototype has a combined output of 483 hp. It also weighs 3,300 kg.

Earlier this year, former California governor and Austrian actor Arnold Schwarzenegger enlisted the help of Kreisel Electric to build him an electrified Mercedes G Wagon. Schwarzenegger is known for his exquisite taste in cars, and seems to have a penchant for off-roaders having owned a heavily modified Jeep Wagoneer and a Hummer H1 as well as the aforementioned G Wagon. Now, the Hollywood star has once again teamed up with Kreisel Electric to reveal the Austrian company’s latest project: the world’s first all-electric Hummer H1.

Presented at Kreisel Electric’s new research and development center in Austria for its grand opening, the soft-top electric Hummer H1 is just a prototype for now and was developed in only two months. It’ powered by a 100 kWh battery which powers an electric motor at the front and rear, producing a combined output of 483 hp, a range of around 186 miles and a top speed of 74 mph. Unsurprisingly, converting the H1 into an EV has made it even heavier, weighing in at a hefty 3,300 kg. Schwarzenegger has apparently always dreamed of turning his Hummer into a fully electric off-roader. "Kreisel Electric electrified my G-Class last winter. And now a Hummer,” he said.

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“If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane." With our electrified prototypes, we want to show what is possible using Kreisel technology,” Kreisel co-founder Markus Kreisel added. “We will certainly not mass-produce these models. But our Hummer is a powerhouse in wolf's clothing, one that drives so quietly even the sheep are not disturbed." If you need further proof of Kreisel Electric’s capabilities, the company also converted a Porsche 910 replica into an electric supercar producing 483 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. It’s anyone’s guess what Kreisel Electric will cook up next, but we look forward to finding out.

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