GMC And EarthCruiser Join Forces To Build Electric Hummer Overlander

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The concept will debut this summer.

GMC and EarthCruiser Overland Vehicles have announced a collaboration to convert a Hummer EV into a tough-as-nails overlander. Overlanding, for those unfamiliar, involves modifying off-road-capable vehicles for long-distance trips, often over harsh terrain.

Owners build their rigs to be 100% self-sufficient in the backcountry. Bringing jerry cans filled with extra gasoline is a must. So, how will GMC and EarthCruiser overcome the charging issue? The press release didn't provide an answer but did include the teaser image below. According to the press release, there will be an "upfit solution for electric vehicles."

EarthCruiser certainly has the skills to build amazing overlanders, with past examples including the EC Terranova, EarthCruiser EXP and FX vehicles, and their CORE line.

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"EarthCruiser designs its vehicles to thrive in the most extreme, toughest environments imaginable," said EarthCruiser CEO/Founder Lance Gillies. "From the Australian Outback to the Alaskan wilderness and everywhere in between, an EarthCruiser was made to tackle tough terrain. As we consider the future of overlanding, we are continuing to look toward key technologies like electrification that will help us explore for decades to come. Electrification presents exciting opportunities for overland use, such as precise torque control over terrain and ease-of-use, in addition to zero-tailpipe emissions."

For its part, GMC also brings significant off-roading knowledge. Look no further than its AT4 sub-brand, the latest of which is the Sierra AT4X and Canyon AT4X. "GMC has long been a leader in professional-grade trucks with 100-plus years of uncompromising pickup capability, luxury, and driver control," said Josh Tavel, GM executive chief engineer for BEV trucks.

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The Hummer EV overland concept will debut late this summer. Regarding the "minor" charging issue, we'll have to wait and see what transpires. The provided image shows solar panels on the roof, so the charging solution will likely rely on that. Solar is not strong enough, however. A more logical solution is some kind of gas-powered generator, which kind of defeats the purpose of low emissions overlanding.

Currently, only Rivian has announced plans to set up a network - appropriately called the Rivian Adventure Network - of charging locations strategically placed at critical areas like mountain bike and hiking trails, kayaking spots, and possible rock climbing crags. Work is underway now.

One thing is sure: overlanding enthusiasts will not accept vehicles that may leave them stranded. When overlanding, stranded equals death.

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