The recently-unveiled 2022 GMC Hummer EV was touted because the model’s first all-electric automobile, however that is not fully correct.
The Hummer EV stands out as the first GMC electrical automobile geared toward particular person consumers, however the model supplied a spread of business vehicles within the 1910s, famous automotive journalist Larry Printz in a Fb put up (lined first by The Drive).
2022 GMC Hummer EV
9 fashions of electrical truck have been added to the lineup alongside gasoline fashions in 1911 below the predecessor Fast Motor Car Firm, in keeping with data from the GM Heritage Center. These have been introduced below the GMC umbrella in 1912, when that model was launched to exchange each Fast and its sibling Reliance model.
The completely different fashions have been assigned numbers comparable to completely different payload scores. By 1913, eight fashions have been nonetheless within the GMC lineup, together with an electrical truck with a 1.5-ton payload ranking referred to as Model 3—a century earlier than a sure Fremont agency would make that title well-known.
Electrical vehicles have been briefly a significant a part of GMC’s enterprise. They represented 39.8% of gross sales in 1913, however that dropped to three.2% by 1916. GMC made a complete 509 electrical vehicles throughout this era.
1912 GMC truck commercial
The trajectory of GMC’s electric-truck gross sales was pretty typical of early electrical autos.
Regardless of comparatively primitive expertise and most of the similar points dealing with fashionable EV drivers—resembling lack of charging infrastructure—electrical automobiles loved a short second of recognition within the auto trade’s early days.
Inside-combustion automobiles did not have a sprawling community of fuel stations to depend on, and lots of potential consumers have been delay by their noise, odor, and common unfamiliarity with the expertise.
Electrical energy—in addition to steam—initially gave gasoline a run for its cash, however technological developments like the electrical starter, and the proliferation of fuel stations allowed inner combustion to win out.
GMC hasn’t supplied electrical autos because the early twentieth century, nevertheless it has experimented with hybrid powertrains for full-size pickup vehicles.