Arnold Schwarzenegger with an electric hummer

I’ll be back (for more electric vehicles): Arnie unveils electric Hummer

Image credit: Martin Hesz / Kreisel Electric

Continuing to remake his reputation as an advocate for electric vehicles, Arnold Schwarzenegger has unveiled an all-electric Hummer, built by Kreisel Electric.

The electric motor start-up, which is based in Austria, Schwarzenegger’s home country, develops energy storage technology for a range of vehicles but is best known for its luxury electric car conversions.

In January 2017, the start-up built a fully electric Mercedes G-Class with Schwarzenegger as its design partner. Speaking of the electric car earlier this year, he commented that “a dream has become true”.

Schwarzenegger has joined forces with Kreisel Electric once again in order to electrify another favourite vehicle.

Since spotting an Army convoy on the set of a film, the Hummer has been the truck of choice for the former Governor of California and legendary film actor. Originally a military vehicle, it was first put on the civilian market in 1992, a move reportedly influenced by Schwarzenegger’s insistence.

In his political position and private life, Schwarzenegger has taken great strides to reduce carbon emissions and take other actions to protect the environment. In 2006, he signed the Global Warming Solutions Act, creating the first cap on carbon emissions in the US, part of a plan to reduce carbon emissions in California by 25 per cent by 2020. Schwarzenegger has also installed solar panels on his roof.

With this move towards environmental causes, Schwarzenegger has made moves to convert his beloved but fuel-hungry Hummers into cleaner vehicles. Previously, he adapted one to run on hydrogen and another to run on biofuels.

The newest addition to his collection of cleaner Hummers is based on the original H1 (military-style) model. It is equipped with a 100kWh battery and can travel 190 miles (300km) with a maximum speed of 75mph (120km/h). According to Kreisel, it took two months to build.

“Kreisel Electric electrified my G-class last winter. And now a Hummer,” said Schwarzenegger, speaking at the event in Rainbach, Austria. “If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane.”

This electric truck is simply a prototype intended for Schwarzenegger; there are no plans as yet for it to enter mass production.

In August, Cummins became the first company to reveal an electric semi-truck prototype with its heavy-duty Aeos. Tesla is due to reveal its much-anticipated electric semi truck, Electrek, in October this year.

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