The Blue Oval has reportedly been spotted in possession of its cross-town rival's hulking heifer.
The GMC Hummer EV was a very impressive machine when it was first presented to us, but it hasn't been as widely loved as some expected. With a curb weight beyond 9,000 pounds and an asking price deep into six-figure territory, it may just be a case of excess being overrated. Whatever your opinion on the vehicle, there's no doubt that it challenged the idea of what a truck can be and introduced exciting new technologies like the Crab Walk, which many competitors have copied.
Among those competitors is Ford, and according to The Drive, the Blue Oval is currently in possession of a GMC Hummer EV, likely for benchmarking purposes. But what could Ford be building in answer to the Hummer?
Well, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. Perhaps Ford is not looking at a direct rival to the Hummer, but if that is what's happening here, maybe Ford intends to build another electric truck that would sit above the F-150 Lightning. Perhaps Ford is looking at further refining its own alternative to the Crab Walk, called Turn Manager, but we suspect that the answer is none of the above.
The most likely scenario is that Ford is taking a closer look at the Ultium platform that underpins the Hummer EV and other high-end GM EVs like the Cadillac Lyriq.
The Ultium setup is very flexible, which is why some or all of the three electric motors that make up its most potent configuration can be used depending on the application, and as The Drive notes in its report, Ford will be very interested in how GM has packaged everything and what tech is hiding therein, as it is also in the process of developing its own EV platforms.
By so doing, Ford will be able to minimize costs and can better prepare itself for future products that GM, Tesla, or other competitors come up with. Getting its EV platforms right is key, so why not see what your competitors' homework looks like?
Ford has two EV platforms in the works for the North American market, one of which will reportedly be codenamed TE1. This will allegedly underpin Ford's future electric trucks and, when the time is right, possibly an electric Bronco. It'll also almost certainly be used to make the next generation of the F-150 Lightning even better, as the current model currently uses a modified version of the combustion-powered F-150's platform. The platform could form the basis of the upcoming Ranger Lightning and Maverick Lightning too. The other platform Ford is developing will take care of most future Fords and Lincolns, but no specifics are common knowledge yet.
We'll bring you more as we get it, but for now, it seems that Ford is looking to learn from the General Motors Ultium setup, and that can only be good for the Blue Oval.