The DTE event puts customers behind the wheel of the GMC Hummer, other electric vehicles

John Sawula was suitably impressed with his ride in the 2022 GMC Hummer EV pickup on Saturday.

“Oh, wow, is all I can say. It was absolutely amazing,” said Sawula, 63, of Westland.

He had just taken the “interstellar white” truck for a spin at a special event DTE Energy had set up outside its headquarters in Detroit to let customers try out different electric vehicles.

Besides Hummer, a Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford F-150 Lightning, Polestar 2, Volkswagen ID. 4, Rivian R1T and two Teslas, Model Y and S, were available for drives along a route that looped through Corktown and back to the headquarters building outside Bagley.

John Sawula, 63, of Westland, watches and turns right as he drives an electric vehicle for the first time, a GMC Hummer EV during the DTE tour and drive of various electric cars and pickup trucks on June 25, 2022. The event was held at  DTE headquarters in Detroit.

The “pep and power” in Hummer was more than Sawula expected. If only the sticker price were a little lower, General Motors might have a new customer. This particular model with extras such as ambient footwell lighting and mirror projection lights with the Hummer EV logo raised the standard vehicle price from $108,700 to $112,839, which includes the $1,595 destination charge.

Instead, Sawula, a Michigan Department of Corrections maintenance supervisor at the Detroit Detention Center, will likely stick with his 2013 Ram 1500 4×4 and the $125 a week he spends on gas these days. He bought a travel trailer, but the rise in fuel prices has meant a holiday is “out of the question at the moment”.

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