May 26, 2024

You know the trend toward electric cars is taking off as they introduce the Hummer Electric.

GMC’s massive Hummer Electric pickup is one of the most impressive cars that will be on display this weekend when the Seattle International Auto Show is back at the Lumen Field Events Center.

With over 300 vehicles, including SUVs, trucks, hybrids, crossovers, and much more, electric cars are now being discussed because the significant automakers are becoming more involved in the revolution.

“These are game-changing vehicles. These are the cars that people would like to own,” said Tom Voelk, the spokeswoman for the program. He is a New York Times auto journalist and host of the YouTube channel Driven. “They don’t look like science fiction projects,” the spokesperson said, referring to Chevrolet’s latest Blazer HTML0 and Equinox EVs and electric vehicles.

Is it electric? Yes. The new Hummer EV pickup. 

The electric Chevy Blazer, left, and Equinox.

In the vast Events Center, Voelk showed GeekWire numerous electric vehicles, including Ford, Volkswagen, Audi, Kia, Nissan, BMW, Hyundai, and more, sure to make heads turn.

“Cars aren’t just for transportation. They’re the latest trend in pop culture, they’re images as well as status. They’re symbolic of politics There are all kinds of things. Electric vehicles started out with these green images, but soon became geeky. However, now we’re seeing regular vehicles.”

Ford has learned from the experience with the F-150 Lightning pickup, an electrified version of the most popular vehicle sold in the U.S. The truck was displayed at the event the previous year and is open to test drive. I couldn’t resist taking the steering wheel.

“Is it even on?” was the first thought that came out of my mouth after I started the truck- something I’ve never done in any vehicle I’ve driven. Also, the Lightning differs from any other other truck I’ve ever driven.

While taking a short drive around Pioneer Square and SoDo, the Lightning amazed me with the speed it could accelerate without making any sound. It’s not a brand breakthrough for electric car drivers; however, in the seat of the big pickup truck, it was like a form of magic.

“Electrification actually makes the F-150 better,” Voelk stated. Sales could be confirming this. Ford has announced that it tripled its EV production in the U.S. in September, driven by Lightning.

Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning is available for test drives this year. 

This isn’t the old farm pickup — inside the F-150 Lightning.

The most effective method of making it feel like a unique experience was to complete the test drive by driving in Ford’s powerful (gas-powered) Bronco Raptor. With suspension and tires that measure 37 inches, designed for more rugged terrain, the purpose of Lumen Field was a tease. While the F-150 seemed to be at ease on the city streets, I would have liked to take the Bronco filthy.

Discussion of attractive electric trucks illustrates how advanced EVs have advanced, particularly in an area where every automobile on the road nowadays appears to be one of the Teslas. Voelk said that Hummer EV Hummer EV is an intelligent move from General Motors to demonstrate that electric vehicles aren’t only about environmental concerns and that zero-emission vehicles are still highly efficient.

“The Hummer was designed to make sure that the truck bros are comfortable with electrification,” he explained. “I’ve been driving the Hummer off-road, and it’s awe-inspiring. It’s amazing the things it can do. It will walk like a crabmoving sideways. It’ll go from 0 to 60 in just three seconds.”

For those who prefer sportier cars, the event will feature the “Electric Highway” display sponsored by Seattle City Light and Tacoma Public Utilities to test electric vehicles from Chevrolet, Ford, Lexus, Polestar, Porsche, Volvo, and Volkswagen. The Audi eTron SUV, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Jaguar I Pace, Volkswagen ID.4, and Polestar are all available for test drive.

The BMW i4. 

Rear view of the Volkswagen ID.4. 

The ID.4 is a stunning car with a glowing red VW logo on its rear, and the honeycomb-style headlights on the front are attractive for this former Beetle and GTI driver. The vehicles in the exhibit are produced in the new manufacturing facility located in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sustainability receives an additional incentive inside Kia Niro. Kia Niro, where Voelk claimed that the seats are constructed from eucalyptus, the carpeting is made from recycled bottles, and the headliner is built from recycled wallpaper.

People who attend the show and are interested in a range of EVs will likely be engaged in the debate regarding charging and scope. However, Voelk thinks that the emphasis could be a better one, given that most people use their cars typically for 30-45 miles of daily driving, not long trips.

“EVs are best when you’re charging where you sleep,” he explained. “But when you’re traveling for a longer period of time yes, it’s expected to last a more time. You’ll need to think slightly differently. It’s incredible how quickly your car’s battery charges up when you simply go to get your coffee. It’s nearly done before you head to Starbucks and grab that Frappuccino.”

 

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