New Documentary Shows GMC's Lightning-fast Development of Hummer EV

General Motors is going into the gritty details of transforming the auto industry's poster child for inefficiency into an electric vehicle. The documentary "Revolution: GMC Hummer EV" will premiere on The History Channel on Sunday, March 27 at 11 a.m. ET.

Production of the new Hummer EV pickup (which will be followed by the GMC Hummer EV SUV) began late last year at GM's revamped Factory Zero Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center. That location along with others will be featured in the 60-minute film.

GMC Hummer EV from Revolution documentary
The GMC Hummer EV pickup Edition 1 is already sold out. General Motors

"Our goal was to upend what an electric vehicle is capable of and push the boundaries from 100 years of vehicle development experience," said Josh Tavel, executive chief engineer in a press release. "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 first Hummer EV pickup for sale is the Edition 1, which comes with three motors making 1,000 horsepower combined. It has a range of 329 miles and can tow 7,500 pounds when properly equipped. When the reservation books opened in October, it sold out in 10 minutes.

WTP Pictures and Hiatus were tapped to produce the documentary with director Sean King O'Grady.

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The film features the Hummer EV testing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a common occurrence when cold-weather testing. The team also heads to Moab, Utah for hot-weather and off-roading tests. GM says the movie will feature a lot of previously unseen footage of the pickup and include a look at the interior of GM's Design building in Warren, Michigan.

"The story we discovered while filming was far more fascinating than anything we could have hoped for," said O'Grady in a release. "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."

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The documentary will also spend time at GM Factory Zero, looking at the huge changes that were implemented to build the new vehicle as part of a $2.2 billion investment.

It also focuses on the company's development of the Ultium electric platform, which will support GM's future electric vehicles like the Silverado and Sierra pickup trucks.

Reservations are currently open for Hummer EV3X, EV2x and EV2, which will have staggered launch dates through 2024.