Months after General Motors began delivering its first Hummer electric vehicles, the company would only produce about 12 of the massive electric trucks a day, according to The the wall street journal. That’s an extremely slow pace, even compared to the number of electric trucks made by other automakers: the Log says Ford is churning out about 150 F-150 Lighting a day, while Rivian’s Q1 production numbers indicate it’s making between 30 and 40 electric vehicles a day (Rivian didn’t immediately respond to The edgerequest for more specific numbers).
Recently, GM announced it was raising the price of the Hummer EV by $6,250, citing “higher prices for parts, technology and logistics,” according to CNBC.
About 77,500 people have signed up for GM’s Hummer EV waiting list, according to Chad Lyons, a GM spokesman. If the company continued to produce 12 of the trucks a day — a figure Lyons declined to confirm — it would take about 17½ years to get everyone on the waiting list. Unsurprisingly, he wants to pick up the pace – in an email to The edge, Lyons said GM plans to “significantly increase” its production rate later this year. The WSJ says it’s thanks to the company’s battery plant in Ohio coming online (GM also has other battery plants on the way). The implication is that Hummer production is slow because GM has to get batteries from LG, which it worked with to make its factory.
While I have no doubt that GM will derive some benefit from vertical integration, it’s not like LG has a reputation for being totally outdone when it comes to supplying batteries. It’s the same company that produced and paid for tens of thousands of new batteries during the Chevy Bolt recall. To be fair, though, the Hummer EV’s battery – which is heavier than an entire Honda Civic – has a lot more cells than the Bolt’s.
Vehicle production has been particularly difficult for everyone over the past few years, with chip shortages leading to delays, production slowdowns and even vehicles being shipped out of the factory with missing features. Still, it’s a bit concerning to hear that GM is moving so slowly with the Hummer EV. The company has announced a huge slate of upcoming electric vehicles, including another truck, the Silverado EV, two SUVs, and an all-new brand of electric cars. He is also working on electric delivery vans. Many of these projects rely on the same Ultium battery design as the Hummer.