GM8217;s Hummer 8211; a civilian twist on the iconic military Humvee 8211; was the poster child of gas guzzling era. The oversized and overstated SUV enjoyed its time in the spotlight, becoming synonymous with Arnold Schwarzenegger, action hero and Hollywood A lister.
GM8217;s fortunes changed and as The Terminator donned a suit as Governor Schwarzenegger, soaring oil prices following the 2008 financial crisis brought about change and production of the Hummer finally stopped in 2010.
With public interest now turning to electric vehicles in an era of increasing environmental concern, there8217;s a possibility that the Hummer could be reborn, as a clean, green, oversized offroad machine.
A report from Bloomberg cites sources, choosing not to be named, who said that the Hummer brand had been floated in discussions. At the moment it looks as though it8217;s an idea for consideration 8211; and GM does still own the Hummer brand.
But at the moment it8217;s a long way from being any sort of confirmation. Companies are rapidly trying to turn out electric vehicles, with Tesla taking a huge slice out of the car market with its pure electric vehicles.
Electric SUVs are rather more rare, and those designed with offroad intentions are even rarer. Audi, Jaguar and Tesla all have luxury models, but it8217;s probably going to be 2020 before we see an electric Jeep Wrangler: most models are pitched at the affluent on-road market.
Perhaps the only exception is start-up Rivian. Rivian showcased its electric offroader at the 2018 LA Auto Show to much acclaim, but reportedly backed away from partnering with GM. On the British side of the pond, perhaps we8217;ll see an electric Land Rover Defender.