GM has updated its moon-going electric UTV concept. The Lunar Terrain Vehicle was codeveloped with Lockheed Martin, and has been smoothed over for improved functionality. While it’s still just a rendering, the project shows a revised version of an electric UTV that will be used by NASA for Project Artemis, an endeavor that would put humans back on the moon.
The original design plans for the LTV were unveiled in March. The new version shows a very seat-forward design with a flatbed. A large roll bar holds a solar panel, which we expect helps keep the vehicle charged. LED lights and airless “tweel” tires are the only other design aspects we can make out from the renderings. The whole vehicle is fairly primitive, but it doesn’t need much in the way of creature comforts to scour the surface of the moon.
The LTV will be built on GM’s Ultium platform, which is the same chassis on which the manufacturer builds the GMC Hummer EV, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and in the future will be the underpinnings for an electric sports car. The electric UTV market is heating up quickly, and it’s exciting to see other parties like GM come in from left field. Seeing the Lunar Terrain Vehicle on our local trails might be a moonshot, but we’re still excited for it to come to fruition.