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GMC HUMMER EV PRODUCTION RAMP UP MAY TAKE LONGER THAN NORMAL

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.

2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 EV2 EV2x EV3x pickup truck price trim specs
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

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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