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GMC Hummer EV may serve US military, should it ask

The electric pickup truck could be a formidable base vehicle for a military truck, and GM Defense will likely answer the call if clients come knocking.

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This is the only good look we have of the Hummer EV so far.

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We don't know the finer details surrounding the GMC Hummer EV, but General Motors' military vehicle division, GM Defense, already sees it as a possible successor to the cult-classic Humvee.

GM Defense President David Albritton told GM Authority in an interview published Monday the Hummer EV "could provide a great base platform" for an electric military vehicle. While GMC hasn't dished out more specifics, we know the electric pickup truck will boast at least 400 miles of range and 1,000 horsepower. GMC also floated the misleading 11,500 pound-feet of wheel torque figure. We already dove into this in the past, but expect something around 1,400 lb-ft of torque in a traditional measurement. The Hummer EV was supposed to debut this past May, but the coronavirus pandemic caused plans to shift. GMC has simply said to stay tuned for more information.

Regardless, the specs would make it a brutish thing on which to build a new military vehicle. Albritton told Roadshow there currently isn't any such program in the works but underscored the electric truck "could be a great platform to be considered to replace traditional internal combustion engine pickup trucks across the military, specifically those used for general purposes on military bases."

We also know GMC has a Hummer EV SUV coming after the pickup, which could be another potential military candidate down the line, if clients request.

In the meantime, GM Defense will be busy with its first big contract. The division will build a new US Army infantry vehicle based on the 2020 Chevy Colorado ZR2. GM itself also showed the SURUS concept years back that previewed an autonomous skateboard platform that could also serve the military well.