Arnold Schwarzenegger with World’s First Electric Hummer H1
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Back in the 1990s, Arnold Schwarzenegger was successful in getting AM General’s military-duty Humvee converted and approved for civilian use. For someone with environmental consciousness, Arnold's beloved Hummer H1 seems like quite the contradiction. That is until the Austrian firm named Kreisel Electric recently took on and completed a project that called for the making of an electric H1. “Finally my dream of turning my Hummer fully electric is a reality," said Schwarzenegger. “We are moving so quickly toward a clean energy future.”
The vehicle was revealed last Tuesday to mark the opening of Kreisel’s new R&D center in Rainbach im Mühlkreis, Austria. This unveiling follows the reveal of another electric conversion in January, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, that was also developed by Kreisel. “If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane," Schwarzenegger joked.
Although the vehicle pictured below is still a prototype, it's a promising one at that. It features a 100-kilowatt-hour battery that has a range of about 185 miles. It may not seem like a lot, but you have to remember that this is a 7,275-pound off-roader we’re talking about. There are two electric motors at each axle producing an all-wheel-drive system and making around 483 horsepower. According to Kreisel Electric, this Hummer H1 can reach a top speed of 75mph.
Kreisel Electric does not have any plans to actually take this vehicle to production. Though, this vehicle certainly goes a long way in getting the firm the attention they deserve all around the globe. With Arnold Schwarzenegger's help, they have already started to make quite the buzz. With our electrified prototypes, we want to show what is possible using Kreisel technology,” Kreisel co-founder Markus Kreisel added. “We will certainly not mass-produce these models. But our Hummer is a powerhouse in wolf's clothing, one that drives so quietly even the sheep are not disturbed."
The Austrian company will continue working on additional prototypes to display just how effective their technology and battery storage devices are for a wide array of applications. This H1 prototype is certainly impressive and we cannot wait to see what drives out from their facility next. If you want to see more of their work, you can look for the Porsche 910 replica they converted (pictured below) into an electric supercar producing 483 horses and 568 lb-ft of torque.