The electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle could be transporting soldiers (via batteries) in a few years.
The original GMC Hummer was inspired by the military-spec AM General "Humvee", which was one of the baddest vehicular creations ever to roam the planet. And roam it did. GM bought the rights to the name in 1999 creating the H1, which was only a small departure -- at least visually -- from the army vehicle.
The H2 and H3 followed, built on a modified truck platform, but still looking like soldiers could jump out any minute. Now that there's a new GMC Hummer EV, and it looks like GM might transfer that tech back to the military in a vehicle called the eLRV or electric Light Reconnaissance Vehicle, officials told CNBC.
"The Army's very excited about the fact that we're investing in this," GM Defense President Steve duMont said during an interview at GM's tech center in Warren, Michigan. "The eLRV, that's the first purpose built from the ground up, you saw it today, it's our Hummer EV. Our Hummer EV is what we're going to base that vehicle on."
The vehicle will be based on the new EV using it's Ultium powertrain, as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is a another known supporter of combating climate change. It will be modified for military use, with changes coming to the frame and both the motors and batteries. We're guessing it will need to support even more weight in addition to its already portly body.
GM is currently producing another vehicle for the military called the ISV, or Infantry Squad Vehicle (pictured at top). That vehicle is based on the off-road prepped Chevy Colorado ZR2 pickup. GM Defense vice president of product development Rick Kewley expects it will start building these prototypes for evaluation next year.
"GM Defense has a tremendous opportunity to leverage our parent company's investments in advanced battery technologies and adapt them to meet defense requirements," said duMont. "The more we can adapt existing commercial technology, the faster we can modernize warfighter capabilities and quickly deliver technology at the speed of relevance."