Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

Months after General Motors began shipping its first Hummer EVs, the company reportedly produces only about 12 of its massive electric trucks a day. The Wall Street Journal† That’s an awfully slow pace, even when compared to the number of electric trucks that other automakers are making: the log says Ford produces about 150 F-150 lights a day, while Rivian’s Q1 production figures indicate it makes somewhere between 30 and 40 EVs a day (Rivian didn’t immediately respond The edge‘s request for more specific numbers).

GM recently announced it would increase the price of the Hummer EV by $6,250, citing “higher prices for parts, technology and logistics,” according to CNBC.

About 77,500 people have signed up for GM’s Hummer EV waiting list, according to Chad Lyons, a GM spokesperson. If the company continued to produce 12 of the trucks a day — a figure Lyons declined to confirm — it would take about 17 and a half years to get everyone on the waiting list. Not surprisingly, it wants to pick up its pace — in an email to The edgeLyons said GM plans to “drasically increase” its production later this year. The WSJ says this is due to the company’s Ohio battery plant coming online (GM has other battery plants in the works, too). The implication is that Hummer production is slow because GM has to get batteries from LG, which it partnered with to make its factory.

While I have no doubt that GM will gain some advantage from vertical integration, LG has no reputation for being a total slow-moving when it comes to providing batteries. This is the same company that produced and paid for tens of thousands of new battery packs during the Chevy Bolt recall. To be fair, the Hummer EV’s battery pack — which is heavier than an entire Honda Civic — has significantly more cells than the Bolt’s.

Manufacturing vehicles has been particularly difficult for everyone in recent years, with chip shortages leading to delays, production delays, and even vehicles shipped out of the factory with missing features. Still, it’s a little worrisome to hear that GM is moving so slowly with the Hummer EV. The company announced a huge lineup of upcoming EVs, including another truck, the Silverado EV, two SUVs and an all-new brand of electric cars. Work is also underway on electric delivery vans. Several of those projects rely on the same Ultium battery pack as the Hummer.

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