This EV from Prindiville is a touch different to what you might normally expect from an electric car. It carries the Hummer H3 design which is a General Motors brand though it is much smaller than the American behemoth hummer. Keep reading to find out if it is a worthy EV or an experiment that’s gone badly wrong.
The front end of the Prindiville Electric Hummer looks to be nearly full size when compared to the H3 but it is a 2-door version which has a triangular back window and a sloped rear end. It has 15 inch hummer alloy wheels, LED lighting, trunks on front and back and shark fin antenna.
Inside the Prindiville you will find adjustable heated sports seats, floor mats, a pair of cup holders and a Pioneer CD player. The digital dashboard shows speed, distance, temperature, time and battery voltage and the speedometer can also switch between km and miles. Overall though, the interior of the hummer looks like that of a golf cart and lacks imagination.
There are 9 x 8 volt batteries for a 72 volt package that helps power the Hummer. The direct-drive system only allows the EV to top out at 40mph which is more than a bit disappointing. Equally disappointing is the 40 mile range which basically means you can’t venture outside the confines of your locality.
If you want to spruce up your hummer, there are a myriad of accessory options including a carbon fibre roof, sun roof, air conditioning, tinted windows, alarm immobilizer pack, full body vinyl wrap and dozens more choices.
There is no doubt that the Prindiville Electric Hummer has novelty value but with such a short range and slow top speed, there is little to recommend it. At over £22,000 ($36,000), it resembles a very expensive golf cart. You only receive a 2 year or 10,000 mile warranty and while you can purchase lithium-ion batteries to increase the range to 60 miles, this will set you back around £8,000 ($13,000).
Overall, the Prindiville is a collector’s item as there will apparently be only 25 units built. If you like this sort of thing, perhaps you should go ahead and buy one but those seeking a practical EV should stay well away.
- Rating 1.5/5
- Cost: £22,000+ ($36,000)
- Miles Per Gallon Equivalent (MPG): estimated at 159mpg
- Official Driving Range (Miles): 40 miles
- Standard Charging Time (Hours): 8 hours
- Practicality (Seats & Doors): 3 doors, 2 seats
- Engine Size: 72 volt electric drive
- Engine Power: N/A
- Transmission: Direct Drive
- Acceleration (0-62mph): N/A
- Top Speed (mph): 40mph
- NCAP Safety Rating: N/A