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First look: GMC Hummer EV to have removable roof panels

A starry night experience will be available in the new Hummer EV.

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You can take off the roof on the Jeep Wrangler. Word is that you'll be able to do the same on the new Ford Bronco. Now, GMC has shown that the 2022 GMC Hummer EV will have removable roof panels as well.

GMC notes that the image is computer-simulated and many not exactly portray the finished product. Still, the image reveals the the pillars for the roof stay in place even when the panels are removed, kind of like a Suzuki Vitara. There does appear to be a bit of a targa element as well.

GMC has released a teaser video featuring the roof:

It also looks like the Hummer EV's windscreen is relatively upright, something the original Hummer (and subsequent versions) had. The pillars appear to also have some level of climate control vent embedded in them.

While there's not much officially known about the Hummer EV at this point, there are a few things GMC has confirmed. It will be a zero-emissions all-electric vehicle.

It will feature the third generation of GM's batteries. In early March, General Motors debuted their new vehicle and battery architecture. AuotmotiveMap covered it here. The model will have 1,000 horsepower.

The company will produce the model at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, alongside the Cruise Origin.

GM recently confirmed that the timeline for the model is still on track, despite the GM strike late last year/earlier this year and the company's shutdown amid coronavirus spread concerns.

It was this week that the GMC Hummer EV was supposed to debut. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, GMC, like many manufacturers, is having to press pause and is instead taking the time to release teaser images and video, like the one shared by Acura today.

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General Motors is investing heavily in EV charging infrastructure while preparing to launch its next-generation electric vehicle fleet.

Photo courtesy of General Motors

General Motors and EVgo will be adding upwards of 2,700 new fast chargers to the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) charging landscape over the next five years. The move is considered a crucial step to widespread EV adoption.

Currently, EVgo has just 800 fast chargers in the U.S. Despite that number, it is still the leading public fast charging provider in the country. All chargers will be able to power up four vehicles simultaneously and have 100-350-kilowatt capabilities.

The chargers will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. In 2019, EVgo became the first North American charging company to contract for 100 percent renewable energy to power its chargers. GM has a sustained commitment to renewable energy that extends from production to powering its facilities.

General Motors EVgo EVgo currently has 800 fast chargers in the U.S.Photo courtesy of General Motors

GM's Spring Hill, Tennessee plant will run on strictly solar energy by 2022.

"We are moving quickly to bring new EVs to market that customers will love," said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. "We know how important the charging ecosystem is for drivers, one that includes access to convenient and reliable public fast charging. Our relationship with EVgo will bolster the public fast charging network available to EV customers ahead of increased market demand and reinforce our commitment to an all-electric, zero-emissions future."

The chargers will focus on both cities and suburbs and provide access points for EV drivers who live in multi-unit homes and rental homes who aren't able to install a home charger or those who do not have access to workplace charging.

Customers typically spend 15-30 minutes at a fast charger as opposed to Levels 1 and 2 charging facilities.

These 2,700 new chargers are in addition to the 3,500 that the automaker plans to add at company facilities.

The first of the new charging stations is slated to come online in 2021.

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The Cadillac Lyris is an all-electric SUV. Based on this new photo, we now know where the model's plug is.

Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The electric future of Cadillac is nearly here. The company will debut the Cadillac Lyriq on August 6, showing off the first all-electric SUV in the brand's portfolio.

It's a move that's been a long time coming. The journey of the General Motors electrification strategy began in earnest with the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era, the EV1, which was on sale from 1996 to 1999. Twenty years after that model was discontinued, GM announced that Cadillac would spearhead the company's shift to an all-electric future.

Cadillac Lyriq Based on this image, it appears that the model will come with aerodynamics-enhancing wheels.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Lyriq is the first model to be built on GM's next-generation architecture, which will include the Ultium battery. The new General Motors electric vehicle platform is capable of working with front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive vehicles.

The forthcoming GMC Hummer EV, which was also teased this week with full body images of its SUV and truck form, will also use the battery.

GM has already signed Honda as part of a partnership to co-create vehicles on the new platform.

Earlier this month, Cadillac released a video showing off new details of the Lyriq including its interior, which is rich with digital technology, all-silver Cadillac side badging, and unique fascia styling.

Cadillac Lyriq The Cadillac Lyriq SUV looks to be a two-row model.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The SUV sports an AKG audio system with the ability for the driver to adjust the sound mode (front and rear) depending on their preference between stereo or surround acoustics.

We also know that the SUV will have Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

You can find out more about the model following its reveal on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET.

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