General Motor's GMC Hummer EV reveal was supposed to happen back in May. However, like many other events, it was delayed for many months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it finally happened this week, it wasn't actually an event at all, and there was no real electric pickup truck.
Editor's Note: Apparently, the GM engineer we quoted below misspoke. Now we are being told GM has a prototype, but it's not fully functional (but prototypes typically aren't). GM will release a related statement soon. At this point, we're confused, so hopefully, the statement will help us clarify.
There was no live stream, no electric pickup truck on a stage, no execs talking, nothing. Instead, GM played what appeared to be a 6-minute CGI video of the Hummer EV tackling tough terrain. The video ended, we waited and waited, and then asked ourselves and our team, "Was that it?"
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Yes, that was it. Well, it turns out, GM doesn't yet have a working Hummer electric pickup truck. It has a display vehicle, as well as the battery platform, but as far as a production-intent vehicle is concerned, it doesn't exist yet. Keep in mind, GM says this vehicle is just one year away. Meanwhile, chief engineer Al Oppenheiser admitted:
"Interestingly enough, we don't have a vehicle yet. We're building our first test vehicle as we speak; the vehicle you see in the video is our display vehicle."