GMC Hummer EV Team Never Heard ‘No’3
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.
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I’m sure having Al Oppenheiser as your chief engineer helps. With nearly 40 years of tenure he is a GM legend and undoubtably has some influence to do these projects justice.
The one thing I will say is that GM will probably make good money on these.
Outside of that, what a waste. Just imagine had GM given this same leeway to Buick and Cadillac for actual product for the larger masses? Imagine if Buick didn’t hear NO. Imagine what Cadillac could have done with a large share of the funds allocated towards Hummer? The amount of money GM put into this “brand” of GMC is probably sickening and would have done so much for the other 4 core brands in areas where they really need it. And all for what? So that those with way too much money can throw it away on something like this just to say hey, look at me.
Bringing Hummer back under any circumstances should never have happened. The masses lost a lot of potential product so that these elites can drive around Beverly Hills to show off.
Why couldn’t they make the Hummer Truck’s bed shorter, like the original?