GMC began filling pre-orders and shipping its impressively powerful Hummer EV late last year. So many people bought one that the company closed the reservation list and it sold out until 2024. But GMC has a big problem that should worry buyers: It only builds 12 electric Hummer trucks a day.
Production began in December 2021, and while several trucks rolled off the assembly line, GM only delivered one Hummer EV to a paying customer by the end of the year. A! And although things are going a little faster here in 2022, the situation has not improved much.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, GMC only makes about 12 vehicles a day. That is a problem and it is not enough. That production volume is unusually low for a truck in production for more than six months, especially considering GM has more than 77,000 orders to fill. Doing the math here, at its current rate (six months), it would take over 17 years to complete that pre-order list.
In March, GMC Global Vice President Duncan Aldred confirmed the huge list of pre-orders, saying it was much higher than the company initially expected. As a result, GMC implemented various things to speed up production. However, we are in July and things are not moving fast enough.
It’s worth noting that we’re still in the midst of a global chip shortage, drastically reducing production in just about everything, including electric vehicles. In addition, a GM spokesman said the company wants to ensure quality as it introduces the new technology and that production will increase sharply in the second half of the year.
The GMC Hummer EV is an expensive truck that costs upwards of $115,000, so the company might be moving a little slower than usual. Also, not all of the 77,000 pre-orders will end up fulfilling their order when the time comes. Still, it’s a worrying situation that will hopefully improve as 2022 progresses.
GMC previously said it would launch different variations at a lower price. Starting with the Hummer EV3X for $99,994, followed by the EV2X for $89,994 in 2023 and the EV1X for $79,994 in 2024. If the company plans to offer more affordable trim levels, it needs to finish the initial batch much faster than 12 a day. .
via The Wall Street Journal