With Tesla's Cybertruck, a wave of new SUVs that rely on electric drives is rolling in. The Hummer is also electrified. Experts are at odds about the XXL colossi with green paint.
General Motors is launching the electric Hummer.
The US automaker presented the vehicle in the fall, and delivery of the horsepower monster has now started with prices starting at $ 112,595 in the USA.
The demand is huge.
That's what it's about
General Motors is electrifying the Hummer.
Ford and other car manufacturers are also bringing their XXL colossi as an electric version.
That causes criticism from environmentalists.
Tesla's futuristic cybertruck is just the beginning. General Motors (GM) presented its swanky Hummer as an electric version last year. At the announcement, GM boss Mark Reuss called the e-colossus a “lighthouse” that shows where GM and the rest of the industry are headed.
Now the group has started delivering the PS monster in the USA at a price from $ 112,595. The demand is huge. The 125,000 models of the introductory version are already gone, orders are no longer possible. A replenishment of electric lobsters will not be available until autumn in the USA, there are no plans for Europe yet, as the Swiss representation says on request.
The former military vehicle is powered by three electric motors. That makes for a lot of performance. With its 1000 hp, the four-tonner goes from zero to 100 in three seconds and is reminiscent of a sports car. The vehicle also offers absurd gadgets for off-road trips such as a crab mode (see box).
Lobster with crab mode
The crab mode helps the lobster in town and country when the terrain is particularly narrow and winding. This is because all four wheels can be turned ten degrees in the same direction at the same time and roll sideways. The car also survives journeys through 60 centimeters deep water and can pump itself 15 centimeters up to overcome rough terrain. According to the manufacturer, the range of the electric lobster should be 560 kilometers. The E-Hummer came onto the market in the USA as an SUV and pick-up variant.
Ford also wants to electrify its F150 pick-up. It has been the best-selling car in the United States for decades. XXL cars are also booming in this country. Almost 50 percent of all new cars sold in the first six months of last year were SUVs. Accordingly, the electric versions of the SUVs with a portion of extra performance could be well received by Swiss customers.
“The car is emotional and that can be achieved through the power of the engines. Car buyers don't want a simple car, they want to have fun driving, ”says the German auto pope Ferdinand Dudenhöffer from the Duisburg Center Automotive Research. Such PS monsters would have a high energy consumption. “That is why it is important that the energy is CO2-free. We are working on it », says Dudenhöffer.
Auto expert Andreas Schlegel from PwC Strategy & amp; Switzerland thinks: “Electric cars can also be big.” That makes sense, for example, in order to be able to transport a large number of people, or if a lot of tensile load is required, for example to be able to let the boat into the lake, according to Schlegel. «If the electricity comes from renewable sources, like in Switzerland from solar or hydropower plants, that can make perfect sense.»
«That is a total wear and tear of resources»
Georg Klingler, climate expert at Greenpeace Switzerland, does not find the development useful. If a car is needed at all, it should be small and light because any mass consumes energy. “It's crazy when you drive around alone in a four-tonne car, it's a total drain on resources,” says Klingler.
In addition, such a large car is a safety hazard for all road users. “In order to protect themselves, others buy such a car and the road build-up spiral sets in. That shouldn't be allowed and such cars should be banned politically », says Klingler.
«Space is running out»
Günter Hörmandinger, deputy director of the German think tank Agora Verkehrswende, is in favor of regulation. He advocates the lowest possible consumption of resources. “The car of the future must be electric, economical and compact if we want to implement a sustainable transport system,” says Hörmadinger.
In addition, space for large cars is becoming scarce. In densely populated regions in particular, public space is a rare resource that has so far been left far too easily to the car. «Cities are increasingly trying to reclaim traffic areas for pedestrians, cyclists, children or restaurants and to expand public transport.»
«The bigger the car, the bigger the battery»
Anja Schulze, Director of the Center for Automotive Research at the University of Zurich, is also critical of the development. “The bigger the car, the bigger the battery has to be. This begs the question of how ecologically sensible it can still be, ”says Schulze. Although new battery types promise a lower weight, they are not yet ready for series production.
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