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After Record-Setting Development Time, The Launch Of The New Hummer May Take Longer To Get To Full Run Rate

GMC Hummer EV Off-road Terrain
Image via GMC.

The first salable builds of the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 electric pickup are rolling off the GM Factory Zero assembly line, following a celebratory “grand opening” event attended by President Joe Biden. It’s the culmination of less than two years of vehicle development time, which anybody who follows the industry will tell you that it’s a breakneck level of pace. This was done by revealing the Hummer EV early, allowing engineers to skip a few steps of the engineering process, such as testing with layers of black camouflage. Some have pondered if quality of the Hummer EV would suffer because of this record-setting development process, but it seems while General Motors sprinted through up to this point, they’re going to take their time with the assembly process and launch of the 1,000 horsepower electric truck.

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GMC Hummer EV Edition 1. Image via GM.

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Production

“There might be a slower production ramp up than you might see on a normal ICE vehicle, but just because of the product development time,” said GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred during a recent media roundtable. “It won’t be too long before full run rate. Not going to give any (production) numbers.”

While the run rate remains classified, eventually the General Motors quarterly sales reports will tell us how the pace of the GMC Hummer EV launch is doing. Aldred also added that the global microchip shortage – which appears to be slightly letting up – shouldn’t get in the way.

“We’re covered (on chips). We have a fantastic supply chain team, and of course we had to be very conscious in relation to Hummer EV, but we’re not expecting any issues associated with chips on Hummer EV production.”

As for where the GMC Hummer EV program stacks up in the pantheon of General Motors vehicle programs, Aldred had the following to say:

“Hummer EV is a once in a career, once in a generation type event. We truly believe we have the most exciting product in the auto industry today, and probably for many years to come. To be a part of this is an exceptional opportunity. Our dealers have really grabbed it with both hands.”

GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 Ultium Platform Battery Production General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Factory Zero
Image Via GMC.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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