The 2022 GMC Hummer EV is a whole new kind of electric vehicle.
Much like the old gas-guzzling Hummer it's based on, it's big, brash, expensive, and flashy.
I drove the $113,000 electric pickup and saw all of its bold styling and interesting features firsthand.
Electric cars now come in all shapes and sizes — and you don't need to buy a slinky Tesla or an egg-shaped Nissan if you want to go green.
One new model exemplifies this new world better than any other: The 2022 GMC Hummer EV.
The new pickup truck may run on clean electricity, but it's far from a rational, zero-emission choice like a Chevy Bolt or a Nissan Leaf.
It eats those cars for breakfast.
Instead, the new Hummer EV — like the old one — is huge, expensive, in-your-face, and not particularly efficient.
It's less about going green — and more about feeling like a badass while doing so.
I got to drive the hulking new EV and am here to give you a full tour.
GMC loaned me a Hummer EV Edition 1, the first model available. It costs $113,000 and comes loaded up with every imaginable option.
GMC says some slightly cheaper options are coming. Someday, an $80,000 base model will hit dealerships.
Let's talk looks.
The Hummer is an intimidating collection of right angles that harkens back to the original, military-inspired model that became an icon in the 1990s and early 2000s.
It's tall, impossibly wide, and super chunky — almost like it's made of Legos.
It says "HUMMER" across its LED light bar. At each end, there's an "H."
It rides on huge, knobby tires and comes with off-road features like underbody armor and recovery hooks.
The Hummer's stats put some of the finest Ferraris and Lamborghinis to shame.
The truck claims to crank out 1,000 horsepower from three motors. Most EVs have one or two.
Pin your right foot to the floor and the massive Hummer takes off way quicker than anyone would expect from a 9,000-pound tank.
According to GMC, the Hummer can hit 60 mph in an astonishing three seconds when switched into "Watts to Freedom" (WTF) mode.
And it feels big on the road, too. Visibility out of the Hummer isn't great, and the roofs of any regular-sized cars barely graze the bottom of the truck's windows.
Fortunately, the Edition 1 comes with an extensive system of cameras.
The truck provides a birds-eye view (which is great for parking lots) and a whole bunch of other live feeds, including of what's under the truck.
Once you get past the fear of crushing everything in sight, you notice that the ride quality is remarkably smooth and pleasant.
Climb inside — emphasis on climb, because the Hummer is about one story off the ground — and you'll note an interior that's just as loud and bold as the truck's exterior.
The Edition 1 has designs that reference the Moon's surface, a nod to GM's work on the Apollo 15 lunar rover.
It also boasts a big touchscreen with colorful graphics that remind you more of a flashy video game than a regular infotainment system.
Inside, the Hummer features gold-colored accents scattered throughout …
… a row of serious-looking switches …
… and a big back seat.
The back seats have hidden storage.
You can also toss things in the Hummer's five-foot bed, which in my test vehicle was largely taken up by two full-sized spare tires.
And then there's the front trunk, a cavernous bonus area perfect for anything you don't want to get rained on.
In my truck, the frunk came outfitted with foam trays meant to hold the Hummer's removable roof sections on a sunny day.
Dropping the Hummer's top is as easy as undoing four latches to unlock four glass panels.
Along with the so-called "Infinity Roof," the Hummer EV's other big, standout feature is "Crab Walk."
In that mode, the rear wheels swivel the same direction as the front ones, allowing you to drive diagonally in off-road situations.
But since this is a six-figure, luxury vehicle that most owners won't take off the pavement, don't be surprised if you see a Hummer EV zig-zagging down Rodeo Drive in the near future.
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