GM Authority recently spotted a GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 undergoing testing at the campus of GM’s crosstown rival, Ford Motor Company. The Hummer EV pickup is likely in Ford’s possession for benchmarking purposes.
Interestingly, the GMC Hummer EV Pickup was spied next to a Ford Mustang Mach-E, which is The Blue Oval’s compact electric crossover with a few Mustang-inspired cues. While it’s not entirely inconceivable that Ford was testing the Hummer EV Pickup against the Mustang Mach-E, it’s more likely that Ford is interested in studying the Ultium battery and Ultium Drive motors found within the new Hummer EV model. This information could prove useful as Ford develops its next-generation Ford F-150 EV, along with other models like a hypothetical Bronco EV.
The current generation electric F-Series pickup, the Ford F-150 Lightning, is underpinned by an architecture that was adapted for EV use rather than having been designed from scratch as a dedicated EV platform. Its eventual replacement, the F-150 EV, will ride on a platform developed specifically for electrification, known internally at Ford as the TE1 platform.
GMC Hummer EV Pickup production began late last year at the GM Factory Zero plant in Michigan. The GM Ultium batteries feed the model’s GM Ultium drive motors, with the Edition 1 model producing 1,000 horsepower. Under the skin, the GMC Hummer EV rides on the GM BT1 platform, which was developed specifically for EVs.
Pricing for the GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 starts at $105,595. Comparatively, pricing for the upcoming base model, the Hummer EV Pickup EV2, starts at a cool $79,995. The vehicle’s high price point, limited availability, and healthy interest prompted GMC to implement incentives for owners to keep their vehicles for at least six months before selling them to prevent “flipping” and price gouging.