- By John R. Quain
Travel Tuesdays: Hummer EV for Off-Road Adventures
Depending on your point of view, the original gas-powered Hummer was a symbol of largesse and excess, or a totally awesome Mad Max off-roader. GMC killed the internal combustion engine version back in 2010, and whether the new, pure electric version coming this year will appeal to the same sentiments remains to be seen.
The Hummer EV Edition1 will be the first model off the line this year. It will come with all the bells and whistles GMC can muster. That includes a full-on off-road package with skid plates and rock sliders to keep you from gouging the bottom of the truck--and its massive battery--plus washable underbody cameras. It also comes with adaptive air suspension, active safety features, and some impressive performance numbers like a 350-mile range--at an equally impressive price of over $112,000.
The new Hummer will include what is the closest tech you'll get to a self-driving vehicle today--GM's Super Cruise hands-off feature, the first automaker to offer such technology. You have to keep your eyes on the road with Super Cruise, but it works on over 200,000 miles of highways in the U.S. and Canada and can definitely reduce driver fatigue on long trips. (Tesla's Autopilot, in case you were wondering, is only supposed to be used with a least one hand resting on the wheel. The same goes for designs from the likes of Volvo and BMW.)
To keep you informed of what's happening inside and out--and what's left of the truck's impressive 350-mile range--there's a 13.4-inch center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster. The vehicle delivers nearly endless details on the state of the suspension system, power train, and other parts of the pickup on the big screens. Should you want more, it also works with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.