AM General might be the last company that you would think would be involved in building eco-friendly cars. After all, they are the company that produces the Hummer, the massive, gas-guzzling SUVs that have become punch lines for cars that are anything but green. However, that perception might be changing as Automotive News reports that the South Bend, Ind. based company will be starting production on a new line of commercial electric vehicles.
Specifically, AM General will be responsible for the final assembly of Ford’s Transit Connect commercial vans, which will launch next spring. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Azure Dynamic, the company charged with producing the electric driving system.
Despite the seeming incongruity of the company that produces Hummers making electric vehicles, an AM General spokesperson pointed out that this isn’t the company’s first foray into the space. AM General produced 350 electric Jeeps for the U.S. Postal Service in 1975 and developed prototype Humvees for military use that ran on compressed gas.