GMC releases a video preview of a documentary chronicling the all-electric HUMMER EV’s origin story

GMC and A+E Network in the USA have announced the television premiere of REVOLUTION: GMC HUMMER EV, a new documentary showcasing the development of the all-electric supertruck. The full documentary will air in the Drive block on the History Channel on Sunday, March 27 (11am ET). We have a preview of this below.

The General Motors GMC HUMMER EV is a completely different beast and of our time. Unlike the original gas guzzler that was made famous by rappers and those who liked to show off an over-indulgent lifestyle back in the 1990s, the new HUMMER EV is a zero-emissions all-electric vehicle (EV) made for the modern world.

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It’s good to see that with the HUMMER EV, GMC have shown that it’s possible to make a big truck, which is capable of off-road driving, yet still make it with zero-emissions. Hopefully, this will wake up other big truck automakers to the capabilities of electric trucks, especially with their instant power and torque, which lends itself to off-road antics.

The 2022 GMC HUMMER EV pickup is the first all-electric vehicle in GMC’s portfolio and features revolutionary architecture that delivers off-road capability and on-road performance.

The new 60-minute docu-film follows the hand-selected group of General Motors team members that helped launch the company’s first all-electric pickup in record time – just over two years.

Thanks to the documentary crew’s unfettered access, viewers will go behind the scenes of key moments in the development of the GMC HUMMER EV, from inception to the start of production.

Josh Tavel, executive chief engineer, said: “Our goal was to upend what an electric vehicle is capable of and push the boundaries from 100 years of vehicle development experience.

“This documentary captures the soul of a team capable of incredible innovation and resilience. Their learnings are laying the foundation of vehicle development for decades to come.”

The documentary, directed Sean King O’Grady, shows all the testing and hard work that went into GMC’s first electric truck. It shows the team in the freezing temperatures of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as they test the limits of the GMC HUMMER EV on snow and ice. Then they head to the scorching heat and steep red rocks of Moab, Utah, where the team fine-tunes the truck’s off-road capability.

Along the way, viewers will dive deeper into GM’s testing and development facilities – previously unseen by the public – including the storied halls of the GM Design building at the Global Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, and the company’s rigorous proving grounds in Milford, Michigan, and Yuma, Arizona.

Viewers will also go inside the massive undertaking to build out and retool GM’s Factory ZERO Detroit-Hamtamck assembly plant. The documentary also showcases the development of GM’s Ultium Platform, a dedicated EV architecture that provides flexible applications in nearly every type of vehicle. Alongside the 2022 GMC HUMMER EV, this trifecta reinforces GM’s commitment to an all-electric future.

Sean King O’Grady, director, said: “The story we discovered while filming was far more fascinating than anything we could have hoped for. We witnessed a bold and passionate team bring GM’s first major entry into this extraordinary transformation of the auto industry.

“This was an incredible opportunity to go deep behind the scenes of the development process to discover what it takes to bring a vehicle to life, and to capture this moment in automotive history as it happened.”

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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