The GMC Hummer EV is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new vehicles on the market today, offering head-turning curb appeal, impressive off-road capability, outrageous specs, and a cutting-edge, all-electric powertrain. So, what’s it take to actually make something like the GMC Hummer EV a reality? Well, according to one of GM’s head engineers, it means granting those tasked with developing the vehicle plenty of leeway.
In a recent interview with GM Authority Executive Editor Alex Luft, Lead Development Engineer, Hummer EV, Aaron Pfau discussed what went into creating the new all-electric Hummer EV. During the interview, Luft asked Pfau if he or the development team heard “no” very often from GM brass during the development process.
“Not much,” Pfau answered. As Pfau explained to GM Authority, if he or the team did hear a “no,” the team typically found a way to work around the constraint and bring the desired feature or performance attribute to life anyway.
Indeed, it’s this sort of innovation that leads to the creation of beasts like the GMC Hummer EV super truck. Based on the GM BT1 platform, the GMC Hummer EV is positively massive, with curb weight tipping the scales at a little over 9,000 pounds. Exterior dimensions for the Pickup model include a wheelbase of 135.6 inches, an overall length of 216.8 inches, an overall width (with mirrors) of 93.7 inches, and an overall height of 79.1 inches. Meanwhile, the GMC Hummer EV SUV has a shorter 126.7-inch wheelbase and shorter 196.8-inch overall length, as well as a shorter overall height of 77.8 inches.
Despite the girth, the GMC Hummer EV can sprint to 60 mph in an estimated 3 seconds thanks to the onboard GM Ultium batteries and GM Ultium drive motors. The range-topping GMC Hummer EV Pickup Edition 1 produces an astounding 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 pound-feet of torque.
The off-roading specs are impressive as well, with the Pickup offering nearly 16 inches of ground clearance, an approach angle of 49.7 degrees, a departure angle of 38.4 degrees and a breakover angle of 32.2 degrees. Add in tech features like Crab Walk Mode and Extract Mode, and the GMC Hummer EV will say “yes” to just about anything you throw at it.