GMC and EarthCruiser Team Up to Build a Beefy Hummer EV Overlander

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

EarthCruiser made its name building rugged overlanding vehicles with price tags that cost more than many family homes. The company relies on Ford trucks for some of its models, and it recently announced a new partnership with GMC to use the Hummer EV as the basis for an emissions-free off-roader.

We don’t know what the beefy overlander will look like, but it will likely feature a lavish living space and plenty of cool details. GMC released a teaser image for the high-end adventure vehicle, which appears to show solar panels on its roof. It’s hard to make out details, but it also looks like the SUV’s sides have been widened and its roof lifted. 

Whatever EarthCruiser does with the Hummer EV, it can’t add much more weight. The more-than-9,000-pound EV can only manage 1,300 pounds of payload, so this won’t be on the level of some of the other wild creations it makes. By comparison, the EarthCruiser Terranova rides on a Ford F-350 base, which provides four times the Hummer’s number in some configurations.

Even without the massive payload capacity, GMC and EarthCruiser promise the vehicle will be as tough as other overlanders. EarthCruiser’s CEO said, “from the Outback to the Alaskan wilderness and everywhere in between, an EarthCruiser was made to tackle tough terrain. As we consider the future of overlanding, we are continuing to look toward key technologies like electrification that will help us explore for decades to come.” We'll see exactly how tough it is when it debuts this summer.

[Image: GMC]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X Kwik_Shift_Pro4X on Mar 30, 2023

    Just what we all need.

  • Buickman Buickman on Mar 30, 2023

    they could start by releasing the Hummers on hold at dealers for the last 6 months.

    there's a concept~

    no sale, full stop!

    • Stuki Moi Stuki Moi on Apr 01, 2023

      EVs are all about hype, not delivery. And, post covid, "Earthcruiser" still sounds suitably hype'y.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Mar 30, 2023

    Over the years GM has shown a keen interest in focusing their attention and development money on large, expensive or specialized vehicles and little to no progress in developing something excellent to complete with such class leaders as : Camry, Telluride, Civic, CR-V, Highlander, Accord, or even ho hum Corolla. And this is the way class division works in the heartland/rustbelt: pretend to care for the common man but cater the public resources to additional security and comfort for the upper echelons of society. GM is Elitist American Communism.

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    • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Mar 31, 2023

      A-grotto; Post of the month! top marks. 2- Was in DTW this week - Hum Job next to me on VanDyke near Tech CTR. What a wretched over done over wrought Monster. 3 Rental Acadia. Shoulder twist required to enter, Height lower than my Forester. Seated knee area same or narrower than the Forester. Very Odd. 4 hate the pull/push button tranny. 5 20MPG. 6- Thought they were still using V6. Bet $100 car had turbo 4 banger and it felt like it. Thoughts confirmed - Utter F Ing garbage. 7- 2009 Bail out and $7500 GOVT $ for Govt Cars ( citation- EB flex) is PUBLIC RESOURCES.

  • Carlson Fan Carlson Fan on Mar 30, 2023

    GM needs new leadership. A 9000lb off-road vehicle???? Don't get that thing stuck in a remote area.

    Imagine if they had brought back the iconic K5 Blazer name and built something to compete with the Wrangler like Ford did with the Bronco. They could have offered that with an electric power train in addition to the gas models. Ford may have some quality issues right now but whoever is steering that ship knows what they are doing. The Bronco & Maverick where both brilliant ideas.

    • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Mar 31, 2023

      A 9175 lbs car: with that outward visibility; should require a special license. This hum job is a CRIME against the public.