The vehicle known the world over for being a gas guzzler is now powered by electricity. Made possible by Kreisel Electric, the all-electric Hummer H1 generates nearly 500 PS and has an estimated range of 300 km.
The electric prototype was launched during the opening of the company's new research and development center in Rainbach, Austria. Present during the event is famous Hollywood actor and former California State Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Aside from being friends with Markus Kreisel, one of the founders of the company, Schwarzenegger is also a patron of the brand.
"Kreisel Electric electrified my G-class last winter. And now a Hummer. If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane," said Schwarzenegger.
Developed based off an off-road prototype in just two months, the electric H1 is powered by two electric motors that are situated at the front and rear axles. With a 100 kWh capacity, the prototype produces a total system output of 490 PS and can cover nearly 300 km before needing a recharge. It can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h and weighs in at 3,300 kg.
"With our electrified prototypes, we want to show what is possible using Kreisel technology. We will certainly not mass-produce these models. But our Hummer is a powerhouse in wolf's clothing, one that drives so quietly even the sheep are not disturbed," said Kriesel.
As for the company's new facility, it covers nearly 7,000 square meters and features a prototype workshop, as well as an automated manufacturing line for battery storage devices. These batteries can then be used in several modes of transportation including passenger / utility vehicles, boats, airplanes and storage solutions.
Over 200 new employees will work at the new facility beginning in 2018.