General Motors Co. is resurrecting the Hummer name on an all-electric pickup truck to be sold under the GMC brand, according to people familiar with the matter, reviving a once-popular yet controversial badge that was phased out a decade ago.
The new Hummer model, which is expected to go on sale by early 2022, is likely to be sold in small volumes as a rugged, jeep-like pickup truck for off-road enthusiasts, said people briefed on the strategy.
The vehicle will be among the first of several large, battery-powered SUVs and pickup trucks that GM is expected to roll out over the next several years.
As of now there are no plans to establish Hummer as a stand-alone brand, which it was before GM discontinued it in 2010 in the wake of the company’s bankruptcy, these people said.
Rather, the Hummer electric pickup will be sold as an individual model within GMC, these people said, a pricey, premium truck brand that has emerged over the past decade as a bigger contributor to GM’s bottom line.
GM’s move to bring back the Hummer as an electric-model is an unexpected twist for a name that became a symbol of gas-guzzling excess. Hummer went from heady sales growth as a status symbol in the early 2000s to a frequent target of environmentalists later in the decade, as gas prices spiked and sales tanked.
The planned Hummer truck is the latest example of Detroit’s auto makers broadening their truck and SUV lineups to boost profitability, while largely purging lower-margin passenger cars from their lineups.