There was once a time when the Hummer was a vehicle that was exclusively reserved for military operations. In more recent years, it became a vehicle that was sold to the general public. It was also expensive and its mammoth size absolutely guaranteed that you wouldn’t be able to pass a gas pump without having to stop. In fact, the original “public” version of this vehicle had a very unimpressive gas mileage of 11 miles per gallon. Unless you wanted to sink a ton of money on gasoline as well as oil changes, tires and virtually everything else, it was probably not a vehicle that you were interested in having. Today, the Hummer is back with the 2022 GMC Hummer EV. In order to see if this version is any better, it’s time to take a closer look.
It’s important to get some obvious things out of the way first. As you can tell by its name, this particular version is an electric automobile, not the gas-guzzling version that was talked about in the previous paragraph. This is not a hybrid, but a purely electric vehicle that has a 350 mile range. Anything beyond that, and you will have to stop and charge it. It weighs a considerable amount, coming in at just over 9,000 pounds and it’s also capable of emptying your pocketbook for the purchase price, which is a little more than $108,000. Now that the basics have been taken care of, it’s time to get down to the nuts and bolts of it all. Is this just an electric version of the previous Hummer, the one that did so poorly in sales that production was eventually halted? The truth is, it doesn’t really have that much in common with its predecessor. Sure, it’s big and less than aerodynamic, but that’s about the only thing that the two of them share. While this one definitely looks more futuristic than its predecessor, the new EV version still has the big, bulky, boxy look to it that the first one had. Beyond that, quite a lot has changed for the better. Keep reading to find out more.
Not Your Father’s Hummer
If you think that this vehicle isn’t capable of going fast because it weighs a lot and it’s electric, think again. It has a ridiculously named feature called Watts To Freedom, or WTF for short. (Go ahead and laugh, everyone else is). Nevertheless, by pushing a simple button inside the cab, you can unleash this monster that is living inside the truck, something that you probably never even saw coming. The feature actually causes the two front seats to vibrate, not unlike you might imagine the seats in a spaceship would vibrate. After about 18 seconds of that, the truck’s air springs lower it to the ground (it’s not exactly gentle, so you might think of it more as being slammed to the ground) and everything fires up so that the truck is capable of reaching 60 miles an hour in about three seconds. That’s saying quite a lot for any vehicle that weighs as much as this one, but especially an electric vehicle. If you think that’s impressive, consider this. The vehicle is rated for over 106 miles per hour. That’s probably about as fast as you’re ever going to want to go, so you don’t need to worry about going any significant speed beyond that.
It Does What?
In addition to being a lot faster than you probably ever thought it was and being able to go from 0 to 60 faster than you probably ever imagined, this truck is capable of doing something that no other truck in the world can do. It’s referred to as a crab walk and it is exactly what it sounds like. You can actually turn the truck’s rear wheels by about 10 degrees or so and allow the truck to sort of move sideways, all while you’re still looking straight out the windshield. In other words, you’re not going in the direction that you’re looking. There are no words for what this feels like the first time you experience it. More importantly, virtually no other vehicle can do it. You might think that this is something that would only be useful if you go off-roading a lot, but stop and think about the possibilities here. Have you ever tried to park a vehicle as big as a Hummer in a tight parking spot, only to have someone pull right up next to you? Imagine what it would be like to be able to simply crab walk your way out of that situation and be on your way. The possibilities are literally endless.
More Tricks Up Its Sleeve
If an all-electric vehicle that can travel over 100 miles per hour and crab walk isn’t enough to get your attention, consider this. It’s also capable of allowing you to sit back and relax while the vehicle itself does the driving for you. We’re not talking about merely helping you parallel park or something of that nature, although it certainly can do that. You can actually set the cruise control on this vehicle and then engage a driver assist function that allows the vehicle to do the steering for you. It’s even possible to integrate that feature with your navigation system so that the vehicle can take you to your destination without you having to physically handle the steering wheel hardly at all. That’s definitely a feature worth having, and one that not very many drivers can legitimately say they have. Unless you know somebody who drives a Tesla, you’ll probably be the only person with a vehicle that can do this. Now that you’ve read this, you’re probably chomping at the bit to go out and purchase a new Hummer. There’s no doubt that the 2022 models are impressive in a lot of ways. Not only do they come with all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a vehicle that costs this much, but they also come with things that simply aren’t available on other vehicles, ever. That’s money well spent, and it’s something that you can think about the next time that you’re cruising along the highway at 70 miles per hour while your Hummer is doing the driving for you or crab walking you out of a parking lot that is too small for even a compact car.