GM is ramping up Hummer EV production to address huge order backlog

General Motors is only producing up to a dozen electric Hummers a day at its Detroit factory, they say The Wall Street Journal, and that’s far from ideal when the automaker has over 70,000 reservations. As The ride notes that it would take GM 17 years to fulfill all of its orders at this rate. A GM spokesman said The diarythat the company’s output will increase sharply in the second half of the year. They said production for the vehicle has been slower than usual because it was designed from the ground up and built on the company’s new Ultium EV platform. The global supply chain shortage affecting the tech and auto industries may also have contributed to the problem.

In the coming months, the automaker expects to fulfill deliveries at a much faster pace, especially after transitioning from using outsourced LG battery cells. GM intends to begin manufacturing its own battery cells later this summer at its new Ohio factory, built in partnership with LG. The company has built several Ultium factories in the US over the past year, including one in Tennessee and another in Michigan, in addition to its Ohio plant, to meet its goal of making more than a million electric vehicles in the US each year by the end 2025. However, one of the short-term goals is likely to be able to supply the batteries its Hummer electric vehicles need. This battery accounts for a third of the vehicle’s weight, The ride says, and is made from high-demand materials.

The speaker said:

“Our ability to meet this demand will only improve as we continue to vertically integrate battery cell production. Expect hundreds of shipments to grow to thousands later this year.”

GM hasn’t released exact numbers, so those at the bottom of the waitlist may have a long wait ahead of them. However, they are not the only ones waiting for their new electric and hybrid vehicles to be delivered. Ford recently told customers who had reserved a 2022 hybrid Maverick that there were product delays due to supply chain bottlenecks and that they could convert their reservation to one for the 2023 model if they wished. The automaker also decided to invest more money and finalize orders for all F-150 Lightning and Mustang Mach-E EV models due to massive demand for them.

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