What we’re driving: 2022 GMC Hummer EV

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At $112,595, the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Version 1 pickup truck is the “Halo” vehicle emblem for General Motors.

  • It’s an over-the-top technology showcase for GM’s electric vehicle ambitions, even if few people actually own this limited-edition supertruck.
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why it matters: The market for electric pickups is about to explode, and the Hummer EV, along with Rivian’s R1T, are the first out of the gate.

big picture: Hummer, known for its gas-guzzling behemoth SUVs, is making a comeback as a zero-emissions sub-brand under the GMC label.

  • The Hummer truck is the first of more than 30 battery-electric models — including a Hummer SUV — that GM will offer by 2025. All are based on the automaker’s new Altium battery architecture.
  • GM says it’s “sold out” for a limited time for the pricey version 1; Less expensive versions are still a long way off.
  • A $100,000 version arrives in fall 2022, followed by a $90,000 model in spring 2023. The lowest priced version, at $80,000, won’t be available until spring 2024.
  • Version 1 production is just starting, but I recently got to drive a near-final prototype in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan – hardly the extreme off-road environment it was designed to tackle .
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Still, the technology of this truck will blow you away

  • It has an estimated 1,000 horsepower, a range of 350 miles per charge, and goes from 0-60 mph in 3 seconds.
  • The Hummer EV Can Actually Drive sideways, thanks to its four-wheel steering and a feature called the Crabwalk.
  • Adjustable air suspension can lower the truck by 3½ inches, or raise it up to 6 inches.
  • Underbody cameras — with windshield wipers! – Let the drivers at each wheel see what is happening under the truck.

A feature in Hummer It is likely to enter all of GM’s vehicles, an improved version of Super Cruise, GM’s hands-free assisted-driving system.

  • With the Hummer EV, Super Cruise is offering automatic lane changing capability.
  • It worked perfectly during my test drive, identifying an opening in traffic and then navigating carefully around slow-moving cars.
  • Tesla’s cars already have this feature, but safety advocates say GM’s technology is better because it has a driver-monitoring system that makes sure drivers are paying attention.
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Bottom-line: The GMC Hummer EV is too much for most people’s tastes, but its mission is to get people excited about the potential of electric vehicles.

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