Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka The Terminator) shows up to help unveil the world's first electric Hummer H1.

Kreisel Electric just opened its new research and development center accompanied by Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Having Arnold as the patron, it was perfect opportunity to unveil the first all-electric off-road Hummer H1.

It's equipped with two motors (one per axle) for all-wheel drive (total 360 kW of peak power) and a 100 kWh battery. Range of the Hummer H1 EV is 300 km (186 miles).

Earlier this year, Arnold received a custom Mercedes-Benz G-Class EV. Arnie now hints that an electric airplane might soon just his stable if  progress in the battery-powered transport segments continue at such a rapid pace.

"On Tuesday evening, Arnold Schwarzenegger presented the world's first electric Hummer from Kreisel Electric at the opening of the company's new research and development center in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district, Upper Austria. "Kreisel Electric electrified my G-class last winter. And now a Hummer. If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane," said Arnold Schwarzenegger, friend and patron of the high-tech pioneers, who was clearly impressed with the electrification of his big off-road vehicle."

Quick specs of the Kreisel Electric Hummer H1 EV:

  • 360 kW double-motor, all-wheel drive
  • 100 kWh battery for up to 300 km (186 miles) range
  • 120 km/h (75 mph) top speed
  • total weight of 3,300 kg (7,275 lbs)

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

Kreisel Electric builds factory in Upper Austria

The electric Hummer prototype is a one-off project that demonstrates Kreisel Electric's capabilities.

"The standard version of this American off-road vehicle consumes up to 24 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers and emits up to 470g CO2 per kilometer. "With our electrified prototypes, we want to show what is possible using Kreisel technology. We will certainly not mass-produce these models. But our Hummer is a powerhouse in wolf's clothing, one that drives so quietly even the sheep are not disturbed," said Markus Kreisel, one of the founders of Kreisel Electric.

In the presence of the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Markus Kreisel opened the new development and manufacturing center in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district. The new facility, which comprises almost 7,000 m2 of space, includes a prototype workshop and a completely automated manufacturing line for Kreisel Electric battery storage devices for use in the small-batch production of passenger vehicles, utility vehicles, buses, boats and airplanes, as well as in storage solutions.

With the new location, where more than 200 employees will work starting in 2018, Kreisel Electric intends to accelerate its growth course and expand its e-mobility business internationally. "The opening ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 representatives of international business and politics. This shows the great interest in Kreisel Electric and electromobility," said Christian Schlögl, the CEO responsible for strategic development at Kreisel Electric."

From left to right: Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern and Vice Chancellor Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter (Copyright: Martin Hesz / Kreisel Electric) (PRNewsfoto/Kreisel Electric)

From left to right: Arnold Schwarzenegger with the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern and Vice Chancellor Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Brandstetter (Copyright: Martin Hesz / Kreisel Electric) (PRNewsfoto/Kreisel Electric)

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Kreisel Electric and Arnold Schwarzenegger Present the World’s First Electrified Hummer H1

RAINBACH, Austria, September 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Exclusive prototype from Kreisel Electric with 360 kW output, 100 kWh capacity and nearly 300 km range

Together with the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern, Arnold Schwarzenegger opens Kreisel Electric's new research and development center

On Tuesday evening, Arnold Schwarzenegger presented the world's first electric Hummer from Kreisel Electric at the opening of the company's new research and development center in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district, Upper Austria. "Kreisel Electric electrified my G-class last winter. And now a Hummer. If Kreisel keeps it up at this pace, I will soon be able to fly here from LA in an electric airplane," said Arnold Schwarzenegger, friend and patron of the high-tech pioneers, who was clearly impressed with the electrification of his big off-road vehicle.

Kreisel Electric developed an off-road prototype on the basis of the H1 model in just two months' time. It is equipped with high-performance batteries from Kreisel Electric featuring a 100 kWh capacity and two electric motors on the front and back axles, with a system output of 360 kW (490 PS). The vehicle can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h and has a range of about 300 kilometers and a total weight of 3,300 kg.

The standard version of this American off-road vehicle consumes up to 24 liters of fuel for every 100 kilometers and emits up to 470g CO2 per kilometer. "With our electrified prototypes, we want to show what is possible using Kreisel technology. We will certainly not mass-produce these models. But our Hummer is a powerhouse in wolf's clothing, one that drives so quietly even the sheep are not disturbed," said Markus Kreisel, one of the founders of Kreisel Electric.

In the presence of the Austrian Federal Chancellor Mag. Christian Kern and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Markus Kreisel opened the new development and manufacturing center in Rainbach, Mühlkreis district. The new facility, which comprises almost 7,000 m2 of space, includes a prototype workshop and a completely automated manufacturing line for Kreisel Electric battery storage devices for use in the small-batch production of passenger vehicles, utility vehicles, buses, boats and airplanes, as well as in storage solutions.

With the new location, where more than 200 employees will work starting in 2018, Kreisel Electric intends to accelerate its growth course and expand its e-mobility business internationally. "The opening ceremony was attended by more than 1,000 representatives of international business and politics. This shows the great interest in Kreisel Electric and electromobility," said Christian Schlögl, the CEO responsible for strategic development at Kreisel Electric.