GMC HUMMER EV All-Wheel Drive Electric Bike Launched

The massively overkill GMC HUMMER EV is known as a “supertruck,” and now the automaker is announcing a “super e-bike” to go along with it. The new GMC HUMMER EV all-wheel-drive electric bike will serve as a companion vehicle for the massive electric truck.

The new GMC HUMMER EV e-bike is a hardtail fat tire e-bike that features a pair of Bafang hub motors to provide all-wheel drive.

Each motor is rated at 750W continuous and 1200W peak, meaning the bike produces 2.4kW of power at full incline. This allows it to reach speeds of up to 45 km/h.

Fortunately, the bike also includes a pair of four-piston hydraulic disc brakes to bring it back to reasonable speeds.

A maximum of 1 kWh of battery will power these power-hungry motors, and the battery is removable for e-bike charging.

For those keeping score at home, that means the GMC HUMMER EV will have 200 times the battery life of the GMC HUMMER EV ALL-WHEEL DRIVE EBIKE.

Priced at around $113,000, the four-wheeled version is also about 28 times more expensive than its $3,999 two-wheeled companion.

GMC will have the e-bikes available at its dealerships, but will also offer the e-bike directly to the consumer for online ordering.

Despite the e-bike’s throttle and pedal assist offering all-wheel drive, there are actually three riding modes that allow riders to turn off one of the motors.

Cruise mode engages the rear motor only. Traction mode engages the front motor only (and is ironically to be named for how quickly you’ll start spinning that front tire on loose terrain). Adrenaline Mode engages both motors at once for true all-wheel-drive operation.

As you might have guessed, the bike was not actually developed by GMC. Instead, the company has partnered with an e-bike brand known as Recon Power Bikes.

As GMC Marketing Director Rich Latek explained:

GMC is excited to partner with Recon in the development of the GMC HUMMER EV AWD electric bike. With design cues and inspiration taken directly from the GMC HUMMER EV Supertruck, this e-bike further expands the customer’s ability to explore different off-road trails, whether in the vehicle or on the bike.

Recon President Jeff Fuze added:

The Recon Team is thrilled to be the officially licensed partner producing the GMC HUMMER EV AWD Electric Bike. We are honored to partner with GMC on this unique, world-class AWD e-bike that matches HUMMER EV’s unmatched reputation as the leader in EV off-road adventure.

Pre-order reservations are now open for anyone who missed the chance to get a first electric HUMMER but doesn’t want to make the same mistake on the e-bike version.

Electrek’s Grasp

Oh man.

Here’s the thing: I love electric vehicles, but I hate everything about the HUMMER EV. It is an abomination. The blatant waste of resources is an affront to humanity in itself, not to mention the questionable ethics of putting so much power into a 9,000 pound (4,100 kg) bulldozer that could literally run over pedestrians without even the driver knows it.

The GMC HUMMER EV ALL-WHEEL EBIKE, on the other hand, seems like a step in the right direction. It is still excessive but at least at a reasonable level. And the biker is sure as hell will know if he hit anyone.

I’m sure it would be a fun off-roader and even handle a commute around town, although that’s not what it’s designed for.

I half wonder if the bike was a response to some of the outrage directed at the GMC HUMMER EV from much of the pro-not-crash-by-cars community. It would have been quite easy. It’s not like GMC has to do much work here. The magic of licensing deals caused money to change hands and a GMC sticker to a Recon e-bike.

Whether or not this e-bike is worth $4,000 when you could find other e-bikes of similar capacity for less is something I’ll leave to my educated readers.

And let’s all hope that GM’s second e-bike attempt turns out better than the first.

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