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This all-electric Hummer H1 will get to 62mph quicker than a McLaren Senna

Built by NAEV and packing over 1,000bhp and torque, it’s penned in for production this summer with an entry point of £78,000

Published: 24 Jun 2024

This ladies and gentlemen, is one of the fastest accelerating cars you can buy today… and it’s a big ‘ol truck. Dubbed the ‘Cyber-Hummer’ - which doesn’t at all make it sound like it’s about to call forth Skynet - it’s created by NAEV and is based on the classic H1 military vehicle, albeit with a few minor changes.

It uses a dual motor set-up to produce around 1,000bhp and torque which, in turn, allows this all-wheel drive beast of burden to sprint to 62mph in just 2.5s. Paired with a selection of Tesla-sourced batteries, you’ll even get around 300 miles of range.

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Said batteries sit atop the same military-grade chassis from the original car, but NAEV has placed them low down in the frame for improved performance. It’s also aluminium-ised the body - almost halving the weight - and added a new independent, fully adjustable suspension that’s lighter and stronger than before. 

Other notable points here include the integration of Tesla’s regenerative braking system and a set of Brembo calipers. These are then cocooned around R20 all-terrain tyres, which provide a maximum ground clearance of up to 15 inches. It’s an Olympic high jumper in disguise, for goodness sake.

NAEV has also thrown in a few interior garnishes to perk the old veteran up, which includes a Momo steering wheel, spates of vegan leather throughout and a modernised sound system. Not that you’d pay much attention to all of these things, though, given you’re likely to be distracted by the sheer vacuum of space within. 

“Historically, the H1 was such a cool truck and interestingly, the classic design layout is optimal for creating an EV and balancing batteries,” said NAEV founder Jeffrey Kotulak. “While modern EV options abound, there really is only one H1 and these electrified trucks are incredible to drive.”

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The first examples will leave factories this summer, with three trim grades available from the off: Baja (£78,000), Commander (£94,000) and Executive (£111,000). A commemorative Olympic high jump version has not yet been announced, sadly.

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