If ever there was a vehicle that’s the antithesis of all that is “green,” it was the Hummer. And while Hummer production ceased last year, a smaller electric version of the Hummer could show up at some popular resort destinations.
This isn’t some cheap Chinese knockoff vehicle either, but an officially licensed and shrunken Hummer HX, built by MEV, or My Electric Vehicles. Designed as a resort get-about, the Hummer HX looks like the real deal, and even bears the Hummer logo and louvered grill. But gone is the gas-guzzling V8 engine, and in its place is a 72v drive system using nine 8-volt lead-acid batteries, which provide up to 60 miles of range. An optional lithium-ion battery pack extends the range to 100 miles (!)
As you might expect from a Hummer replica, there are a plethora of luxury options, including an LCD screen displaying how many miles are left, and the option for either golf-bag straps, a tow ball, or even rear seats. No word on how fast it is, but it is equipped with front disc brakes as a means of bringing this electrified beast to a halt.
It’s hard to imagine anything with the Hummer label as being eco-friendly…but wouldn’t it be nice if GM reimagined and resurrected the brand as a green “guardian of the Earth” sort of deal. It’ll take a lot of greenwashing to accomplish that sort of badge reengineering, but an EV Hummer resort vehicle is a nice start.
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.