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Too big for Britain's roads? UK customers can now order the electric Hummer for £320k - but the four-tonne truck won't fit in a parking space and you might need an HGV licence to drive one!
  • First GMC Hummer EV arrives in the UK as luxury car dealer confirms it will import examples for £320,000
  • The all-electric pick-up was unveiled last year but slow production means only around 1k have been delivered
  • Truck measures in at 2m tall, 5.5m long and 2.3m wide - fitting one into a UK parking bay is almost impossible
  • And because it weighs 4,103kg, drivers under the age of 42 will need a Category C1 HGV licence to drive it 248 View comments
  • By ROB HULL FOR THISISMONEY.CO.UK
PUBLISHED: 08:47, 4 November 2022 | UPDATED: 16:38, 4 November 2022

There are some US exports that we Britons love: Amazon, McDonalds, Starbucks, to name just a few.

But the latest delivery from the land of the stars and stripes might be a super-size order too large for us - and our modest roads.

It's the humongous all-electric Hummer, which looks almost impossible to squeeze into a UK car parking space and costs £320,000. And the four-tonne truck is so heavy that younger drivers need to have an HGV licence to drive it!

The first example of the GMC pick-up truck has been delivered to a UK dealer, and the images of it driving around London's streets show that it will dwarf almost every other motor it comes across.


Too big for Britain's roads? The new Hummer EV is now being offered to UK drivers by a luxury car dealership that specialises in US models. But customers who can afford the £320,000 will struggle to find somewhere to park it...

The first example of the gigantic electric vehicle to land in Britain belongs to high-performance and luxury car dealer Clive Sutton, a London-based specialist when it comes to US models.
It now offers to import the enormous machine to Britain for customers, meaning they will get the same left-hand-drive cars sold across the Atlantic.

The fully-electric vehicle is said to pair more than 350 miles of zero-emission range with 'blistering supertruck performance' - but you'll need to find somewhere more expansive than the capital's roads to safely discover how quick it truly is.

The spec sheet says it has 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 foot-pound of torque. That means, in theory, it can accelerate to 60mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds.
That's no mean feat for a vehicle that tips the scales at a colossal 4,103kg. To put it into perspective, that's almost two Range Rovers. The 212.7kWh battery pack alone weighs 1,326kg, which is heavier than a Ford Fiesta.

Its hulking weight will also be a problem for potential customers under the age of 42, as they will need to pass an additional test to drive it because a standard driving licence simply isn't suitable.


How does the Hummer EV compare to other cars on Britain's roads? It will eclipse and Range Rover and even a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, both of which are extremely large SUVs

For those who passed their test after January 1997 and have a conventional 'Category B' car licence, the legal maximum authorised mass (MAM) of a vehicle is 3.5 tonnes - you can read more about it here.

Anything above that weight - like the 4.1-tonne Hummer EV - means a conventional licence becomes invalid and a 'Category C1' HGV licence is needed. This can only be attained by sitting a separate driving test to prove you have the capacity to operate a vehicle weighing up to 7.5 tonnes.

It won't be an issue for older motorists who passed their test before January 1997; they have automatic rights - known as 'grandfather rights' - to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes as they were granted the C1 entitlement when they passed.

There is also an exception for the driving licence rule if a vehicle is electric and driven for commercial use. In this instance, a motorist is allowed to get behind the wheel of a motor up to 4.25 tonnes on a Category B licence. The Hummer EV pick-up could therefore qualify using this loophole.

A spokesperson on behalf of the London dealer told This is Money: 'The Sutton team’s customers and reservations have only come from drivers who have no need to upgrade their licence.'


The first example of the hulking electric vehicle to land in Britain belongs to London-based motor dealer Clive Sutton, which specialises in US vehicles


The fully-electric vehicle is said to pair more than 350 miles of zero-emission range with 'blistering supertruck performance' - but you'll need to find somewhere more expansive than the capital's roads to safely discover how quick it truly is


This colossus of a pick-up weighs a massive 4,103kg. To put it into perspective, that's almost two Range Rovers


Its astounding weight is matched by its domineering stature, as you can tell from the selection of photos of it bounding through the capital.

At 5.5 metres long, 2.0 metres high and 2.34 metres wide, it even casts a shadow over Rolls-Royce's supremely luxurious Cullinan SUV limo, which is one of the biggest motors you can buy in Britain today.

Given that the minimum - and most common - UK parking bay is just 2.4 metres by 4.8 metres, this isn't a motor you'll want to take into a multi-storey car park.


The spec sheet says it has 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 foot-pound of torque. That means, in theory, it can accelerate to 60mph from a standstill in just 3.3 seconds


Given that the minimum - and most common - UK parking bay is just 2.4 metres by 4.8 metres, this isn't a motor you'll want to take into a multi-storey car park



The Hummer EV's 212.7kWh battery pack alone weighs 1,326kg. That's heavier than a Ford Fiesta

Despite its scale-busting weight and sizeable dimensions, GMC says it will be an incredible off-roader - not that we can imagine many British farmers wanting one for herding cattle.

The Hummer has an optional 'Extract' mode, which allows the entire truck to raise by another 15cm or drop lower when travelling at motorway speeds to make the four-tonne lump as aerodynamic as physics can possibly allow.

While it certainly looks too big for Britain's roads, there is - apparently - some appetite for the vehicle, according to Clive Sutton.

The founder and CEO of the luxury dealership said: 'As soon as the GMC Hummer EV was announced our customers have been desperate to see the model in the UK!

'Now that we have imported the first one, we anticipate orders outstripping supply as buyers clamour to be among the first in Europe to own this electric supertruck.'


Removable roof panels on the Hummer EV can be stored in the front trunk now that there isn't a combustion engine under the bonnet

Other features to note include independent front and rear suspension, full underbody armour and an optional 'Ultravision' system, which utilises 18 cameras to provide every possible viewpoint, enabling drivers to navigation around obstacles - and to attempt to park in Tesco.
The roof panels are also removable and can be stored in the front trunk now that it is no longer occupied by a combustion engine.

It's far from a high-volume-production car. In fact, reports claim GMC is making just 12 examples per day and has so far delivered around 1,000 examples, mostly in the US. That's despite an order book of around 80,000 customers.


Bosses originally said it will cost from $105,595 when it was first unveiled but US dealers have recently been selling them for twice that due to limited supply and relatively high demand

Bosses originally said it will cost from $105,595 when it was first unveiled, but because US retailers are not constrained by the 'Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price' (MSRP), this pick-up version currently sells for more than $200,000 in the domestic market.

And there will be a considerable mark-up for UK customers.
Order one from Clive Sutton and this 'Edition 1' model will set you back £320,000, with international shipping, VAT duty, local registration fees, and vehicle conformity testing included in the price.

And that's if you order one today from the UK luxury dealer, with pricing subject to change based on the US price and current exchange rates.

Good news, it also includes a two-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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Notices this article in the Daily Mail, the 250 comments will be a pretty good guide to what British people think of the new Hummer EV, performance numbers are very impressive, $365,632 is a bit of an instant sales kill 99.999% of Brits knowing what it costs in the USA, it will be pretty near impossible to find a parking space in the UK that it fits into, apart from a nice big generous Costco parking space, that limits where you can get out park it, and being LHD very much guarantees 1-2 RHD UK sales a year of any automakers car that offers a LHD car here. It's way over 3.5 tonnes and you are a private buyer will get hit with 19% VAT extra to pay, and have to take an HGV driving test to be able to drive it.

£320,000 ($365,632) wow, can't see Clive Sutton importing to many.David Beckham a soccer player is about the only guy here with the money that would want one, a Hummer would be great running the a UK soccer million and his family around in one. Only other obstacle is its size, it will be a nightmare to live with on a daily basis you would not be able to park it anywhere, it would cause an obstuction everywhere you parked it. Being LHD the steering wheel is fitted on the wrong side in passengers seat sales will be 1or 2 sales per year for any automakers that tries to sell any LHD car into RHD UK.

Big problem is the weight it will push it the Hummer into a much higher HGV category, that means you will have take a HGV driving test. Ford's diesel Ford Ranger is just slightly under the HGV category it means anybody with a standard UK Driving Licence can drive it without having to take a HGV licence Driving Test that's a big bonus a lot of its 54,308 Ranger buyers here last year 2021, a lot will have purchased it as a private lifestyle choice, when the future generation Ranger EV eventually arrives it will come with heavy battery backs that will push the Ranger EV into the HGV heavy good vehicle that means these buyers will have to take another HGV driving test before they are allowed to drive them on UK roads, which will mean if the expensive Ranger EV price does not put you off, taking a HGV Driving Test will. Which means Ranger EV sales will plummet, cant understand why Ford are not offering the smaller Maverick EV here in the future that could make it under 3,5 tonnes, and be driven on a standard UK driving license. There is a tax/HGV driving test loophole if you are using it on farms or as a builder you don't need to take a HGV driving test or pay 19% VAT tax on it.
 

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While it certainly looks too big for Britain's roads, there is - apparently - some appetite for the vehicle, according to Clive Sutton.
Ya think?
This is GMs actual Rolls Royce beater!
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 · (Edited)
Hummer pick-up EV has absolutely amazing performance but is just too big, would be totally unpractical for UK narrow country lanes, you would never make it to anywhere near your farm as its wider than the most single track roads, if you could make it to your farm house it would get covered in hundreds of dents where it kept scraping trees or hedges in the first few days.



Probably the Ranger or Hilux is about as big as you want to go in the UK, new farmers absolutely love them, the Ford Ranger is normally the UK No 4 or No 5 best selling commercial vehicle, two Transit and Sprint sitting at the top of the UK commercial sales charts.


A British guy Richard is new to farming absolutely loves his new 2022 Ford Ranger, wonders why he has never thought of owning one before after owning unpractical rubbish like Porsche & Ferrari's in the past.

Richard lists 7 positives & 1 flaw, the flaw seems to be when you do your weekly shopping in the back, it all move to the front of the bed making it hard to retrieve, Richard has obviously has not worked out what the slots in the bed liner are for yet, you simply slot some wood in the slot near the most rear slot to create a partition, just as well this guy does not review cars for a living?
 

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I don't understand the entire point of the article, which seems to be the Hummer is too big for the UK. This is a USD $300k LHD vehicle, the market is not about to be flooded by them. This is a rich man's toy to be used at his 1,000 acre weekend home in the country. No normal person is buying this in the UK, it is being bought by the super-rich that normal parking concerns don't necessarily apply to.

The more I think of it, sounds more like the author has wealth envy.
 

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In dictionary under "wretched excess."
 

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Wonder how l will get my new Hummer EV into the garage average Joe Italian?

Don't try to hard to over analyse it to deeply, it's simply just too big for European roads most of the towns & villages were built several hundreds years ago never designed for cars originally, can't see local authorities bulldozing historic old towns them just to accommodate Hummer's.

Can't see any of Europe's wealthy ever wanting to buy one, it's just too big for European roads. If somebody give me $365,632 to spend on car, l would probably buy an ole 60's classic like a Ford GT40 or Corvette Stingray both cars you can enjoy have lots of fun in, are appreciating assets, or just by a new Ranger something that's bit Swiss army knife and enjoy spending the rest of $365,632 on enjoying other things.

If l lived in the US where there is bigger roads, and nice big Costco type parking spaces with dirt cheap gas prices, l would buy a new ICE Silverado instantly am l jealous envious of that truck of course l am, would love an Silverado EV, but that Avalanche EV just sucks it just one of those trucks l would never buy in a million years.

Hummer EV sales in Europe 2022: just 1 (Europeans envious of a Hummer, l think not LOL), Hope GM sells a lot of them in the US where it fits your roads better, hope the Hummer EV does well wish gm Electric the best of luck with it.
 

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Just had a look at the UK vehicle mass database, to see how many Hummers are registered in the UK

How Many Cars Left (Registered in the UK)
265 Hummers are registered as on the road being used.
151 Hummers are stored as not being used, stored not not used on SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice)

UK Registered Vehicles
1,371 Camaro
12,934 Mustang
60,518 Porsche 911
99,951 Mazda MX-5
322 Ford Thunderbird
29 Silverado
213 F-150
233 Lincoln Town Car
1,264,991 Ford Transit
90,071 Toyota Hilux
19,747 Jeep Grand Cherokee
599,995 Nissan Quashai
140,692 Range Rover
153 Cadillac Escalade
170 Cadillac CTS
266,032 BMW 5 Series
6.609 Chevy Cruze
242,775 Vauxhall Insignia
651,365 BMW 3 Series
2360 Toyota Camry
23.313 Morris Minor (1970 ended production)
13 Plymouth Prowler (Bobs dream)
89 Crown Vic
11,840 Chevy Aveo
17,014 Chevy Spark
421,629 Fiat 500
928,239 Mini
1,600,925 Ford Fiesta (Big mistake Ford ending axing Fiesta)
159,221 Toyota Corolla

Fair to say fitting the steering wheel in front of passenger seat LHD has hampered sales a bit in RHD UK over the years is a massive instant sales killer a cast iron guarantee of close to zero sales, $10 gas has not been very helpful for selling v8's sad to say not very affordable. EV'S does help create a more level playing field now. Small affordable EV cars maybe retro is where the mass & Tesla is where markets heading in the future, watch out for the Chinese and their affordable cars like the "Funky Cat" LOL, they will the the big disrupters in cash strapped Europe.


113 Chevy Volt
108,99 Toyota Prius
161,401 Toyota Auris

The Future
0 Honda Clarity
1 Hummer EV
209 Citroen Ami
1,236 Vauxhall Ampere-e (Chevy Bolt)
5,151 Mustang Mach E
5,999 Fiat 500e
6,728 VW ID4
10,418 Tesla Model S
11,932 Tesla Model Y
12,641 Mini EV
20,088 VW ID3
24,375 Renalt Zoe
48,440 Nissan Leaf
75,510 Tesla Model 3

Wow UK has 416 registered ICE Hummers, some may have been imported second hand grey imports. 416 registered over the last 15 years = 27 Hummers registered a year here.

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I wonder if GM has a second, smaller Hummer like H2 planned for wider production
I'm thinking it is a foregone conclusion that we will see smaller & cheaper versions just based on the huge interest of this massive Hummer that starts at around $80k. My guess is GM is seeing $$ signs. But, might be a little while as GM has to electrify its entire lineup. Hopefully they don't lose the momentum they've built with this Hummer, I'd say ideally they'd have a smaller, Wrangler sized, Hummer coming out in two years - but I doubt they have something in the works for that soon.
 

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I'm thinking it is a foregone conclusion that we will see smaller & cheaper versions just based on the huge interest of this massive Hummer that starts at around $80k. My guess is GM is seeing $$ signs. But, might be a little while as GM has to electrify its entire lineup. Hopefully they don't lose the momentum they've built with this Hummer, I'd say ideally they'd have a smaller, Wrangler sized, Hummer coming out in two years - but I doubt they have something in the works for that soon.
If they want to sell, make them the size and price of a typical four door PUT. EVERYONE is buying those now, those are the new Bimmah/Merc, image vehicle to be seen in. Young girls, older women, even the occasional geeks, these PUTs are daily transportation/image vehicles. They are not working trucks, nor will Hummer sales be macho home boys out on safari.
 
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At the other end spectrum the little electric bubble car from after austere WW2 is back for austere times in 2023 probably just for urban inner city hipster types, it would fit on the bed of the Hummer EV, would make a great little car for the golf club caddy.

 

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At the other end spectrum the little electric bubble car from after austere WW2 is back for austere times in 2023 probably just for urban inner city hipster types, it would fit on the bed of the Hummer EV, would make a great little car for the golf club caddy.

Back in the spectrum when versatile design meant you didn’t need a truck..
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I don't understand the entire point of the article, which seems to be the Hummer is too big for the UK. This is a USD $300k LHD vehicle, the market is not about to be flooded by them. This is a rich man's toy to be used at his 1,000 acre weekend home in the country. No normal person is buying this in the UK, it is being bought by the super-rich that normal parking concerns don't necessarily apply to.

The more I think of it, sounds more like the author has wealth envy.
However, to continue my thought. I've no doubt we will see a story or two about a drunk owner (or son of an owner) who had a bit to much to drink and wedged his Hummer in between two buildings.
 

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I saw those stupid size-comparison graphics and lost lust to read the article. Every time an American vehicle that is bigger than average comes to Europe reviewers comment it's size and call it a gas hog. In this case tha latter is impossible but I wouldn't be surprised if it was compared to small VW ID when it comes to range - 'poor range compared to newest VW EV' :ROFLMAO:
 
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