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General Motors stops taking orders for its popular Hummer EV

General Motors has closed the order books on every trim style of its new Hummer EV until it can catch up on a large backlog of orders. The flagship Edition 1 pickup is the only model produced so far, but every trim level and the SUV are now unavailable to reserve.  

The company has received more than 90,000 reservations for the Hummer EV, but supply constraints have slowed production, forcing the company to close the orders temporarily. Nearly 100,000 people have already put down deposits and likely will be waiting a while for their new vehicles. GMC spokesperson Mikhael Fara told the Detroit Free Press that reservations are split down the middle between the SUV and the pickup.   

GMC was building about a dozen Hummer EVs every day during the month of July. It would have taken the company around 17 years to clear the backlog of vehicles, which then stood at 77,000, at that rate. Some thought that battery cell supply issues were the primary reason for slow production. Since then, the company has opened its first battery cell factory in Ohio and has two more US plants that will be operational within the next few years.  

Because of the small number of trucks produced so far, GMC has been able to keep control of production situations that could otherwise have proved problematic, such as a recall due to leaky roofs and minor electronic issues. 

The production bottleneck has also caused the trucks that are in circulation to become hot-ticket items. The Edition 1 pickup, which has a starting price of $110,295 has been auctioned for as much as $275,000.

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