- I drove the new electric Hummer and experienced all its coolest features firsthand.
- The GMC Hummer EV offers rear-wheel steering, 18 camera views, and a removable roof.
- The Hummer EV Edition 1 — the fully loaded first model that GMC lent me — costs $113,000.
The Hummer is back.
But this time around it runs on pure electricity instead of dirty fossil fuels.
But a few things haven't changed much since the first military-inspired Hummers that rumbled onto streets more than 20 years ago.
The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is enormous, expensive, and excessive in just about every way.
The Hummer EV Edition 1 that GMC lent me for a weekend came packed with interesting features to justify its $113,000 price tag. These were my favorites.
Like lots of new cars, the Hummer EV comes with a glass roof.
Unlike most — and especially most big trucks — its roof is removable.
It comes off in four panels and lets in a nice breeze — along with a lot of wind and tire noise.
I was able to test out the Infinity Roof on an unseasonably warm November day in New York. I guess I have the old gas-guzzling Hummer to thank for that.
You can also loosen a few bolts to remove the front cross bar.
Where do all those heavy glass panels go? In the frunk of course.
GMC includes stacking foam boxes that snugly fit each panel, and the whole stack fits perfectly in the frunk.
The only trouble is that the foam inserts and the two full-size spares in the Hummer's bed left me, hilariously, with almost nowhere to put any luggage.
Of course, owners will probably remove that whole assembly and keep it in their garages for sunny days.
Subtract the foam boxes and you get a big front trunk with a low-loading floor that could easily fit a few backpacks or duffel bags.
Elsewhere, there's some fun secret storage in the rear seats.
If it wasn't clear from the photos, this thing is massive. Bigger than I expected, even.
It's shockingly wide, and all the height and right angles mean that visibility is pretty awful in most directions.
Thankfully, an array of more than a dozen cameras aids visibility during both daily driving and off-road adventures.
The Hummer EV's big screen offers a 360-degree birds-eye view, which is a must in parking lots.
Plus, cameras pointing down at the wheels and underneath the truck ensure you don't unwittingly crush anything. (Or damage your own vehicle.)
GMC also included rear-wheel steering to make the giant truck a little less unwieldy (more wieldy?) in tight spaces.
When you take a turn at less than 25 mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front ones, helping reduce the truck's turning radius.
Holding down the rear-wheel steering button activates Crab Walk, a somewhat gimmicky feature that I had to try out.
In Crab Walk, the rear wheels turn the same direction as the front wheels. If you do it right, you can drive diagonally, which is pretty neat.
Most owners will probably use Crab Walk in a parking lot to impress their friends. But I'm sure the quirky feature has some real off-roading applications too.
You can also get around the e-truck's bigness by switching on Super Cruise, GM's hands-free highway-driving system that comes standard on all Hummers.
I didn't get the chance to test Super Cruise out in the Hummer (it wasn't enabled on the roads I was on), but I previously discovered how great it is for highway trips in the Cadillac Escalade.
The Hummer feels so darn big on the highway, some assistance keeping it in the lanes would be welcome.
Turn the knob to your right to switch drive modes and you're smacked in the face by bright, elaborate animations of the Hummer trundling through different environments.
In normal mode, the truck is on the Moon.
The off-road setting shows it bouncing across the surface of Mars.
Tow/haul mode depicts a Hummer EV pulling a rocket.
The video game-like animations are totally unnecessary, over-the-top, and just there to put a smile on your face.
Kind of like the Hummer EV itself.
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