Henry Payne: Five cool things to know about GM's Hummer EV
True to its military roots, the GMC Hummer EV is big, brawny, and blingtastic. And now it’s electric.The gas-guzzling celebrity toy has transformed into an electron-guzzling celebrity toy. The $112,595, three-electric motor “Edition 1” launch model (the base model starts at $80k) will roll off the line in late 2021 on massive, 35-inch off-road tires — loaded to its removable roof with the latest in automotive technology. Promising “zero limits” performance to go with its “zero-emissions” drive-train, General Motors Co.’s Hummer hopes to be as fashionably athletic as its new spokesman, Lebron J...
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A NASCAR fan was bullied for being LGBTQ+ ally. Then he designed Jimmie Johnson's car.
Noah Sweet remembers getting in the car and feeling like he needed to drive away, to suppress his racing thoughts, but he doesn’t remember exactly where he went the evening of Sept. 2. Those hours are a blur.He was later told by his mother, Becky Southwell, that his credit card transactions showed him stopping at a KFC, then at a gas station for coffee. At one point, he made it to Grass Lake, a spot familiar to him and close to Southwell’s home in southeast Michigan. Police officers determined Sweet had driven back-and-forth on I-94, using cell towers to track his phone, which he turned off.Ha...
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'Character matters,' Obama tells a drive-in rally for Biden in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — Former President Barack Obama delivered a punishing rebuke of his successor Donald Trump’s tenure and a clarion call to supporters for his old running mate Joe Biden at a drive-in rally outside Citizens Bank Park as the sun set Wednesday night.Trump’s tone and the misinformation he spreads have poisoned American political discourse, Obama said on his first day stumping for Biden on the 2020 campaign trail.“It affects how our children see things, and it affects the way our families get along. It affects how the world looks at America. That behavior matters. Character matters,” Ob...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
GM reveals its GMC Hummer EV pickup and prices it more than $100,000
General Motors revealed its first all-electric pickup Tuesday — the 2022 GMC Hummer EV Edition 1.The pickup, which will be built at GM’s Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, will be the first fully-electric addition to GMC’s lineup that starts production late next year.Consumers can place reservations for Edition 1 trim now. But be prepared to ante up some serious cash, as the starting price is $112,595.It will be powered by GM’s proprietary Ultium batteries and Ultium Drive, GM’s proprietary EV drive units and have off-road capability.“This innovative truck comes to market with speed and pu...
Detroit Free Press
Review: Bruce Springsteen is back on E Street with life-affirming 'Letter to You'
Bruce Springsteen and his stalwart E Street Band were last seen together on a 2016 tour that included two four-hour dates at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia that were the longest marathons he’s ever played.Since then, the now 71-year-old songwriter has been in contemplative, career-summation mode.He published his “Born To Run” memoir and converted it into the solo acoustic theater piece “Springsteen on Broadway.” Last year, he released “Western Stars,” an underrated stylistic departure that dipped into early 1970s country-rock melancholy.But the one thing Springsteen hadn’t given fans latel...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Motormouth: Can Corvette handle the heat?
Q: I own a 2005 Corvette in southern Nevada and never drive the car when it’s above 110 F. I am afraid I could damage the car because the coolant temperature can reach 218 to 220 degrees in stop-and-go traffic. I think that is too high but I’m not an expert. At outside temperatures below 100, I can drive the car on the highway where the coolant temperature will hold at 190-195 most of the time. Above 105 degrees, the coolant temperature is at 194-198 on level stretches of the highway and up to 200 climbing hills. Does that sound like a problem to you?B.K., Henderson, Nev.A: Plain water boils a...
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Dave Hyde: Dan Mullen's lack of perspective on full display for Gators, with calls for capacity crowd
Stop the contest. We have our Florida Man of the Year.Tell the Florida Man in Marion County arrested for drunk-driving a lawn mower down Highway 316 and the Florida Man arrested in Punta Gorda for calling 911 to demand ice cream and liquor they’ve been out-witted.The Florida Man in Gainesville called for 90,000 fans to fill the University of Florida’s football stadium in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic to help his Gators against LSU on Saturday.“I know our governor passed that rule so certainly, hopefully, the UF administration decides to let us pack the Swamp against LSU — 100% — becaus...
Witness: Police fired first bullet in wild Florida shootout that killed 4 last year
MIAMI — Attorneys representing two innocent men killed during a Wild West-like shootout between police and jewel thieves a year ago blasted law enforcement on Thursday, accusing investigators of withholding information — including ballistic tests that would show who fired the fatal shots in a skirmish that played out on live television.Michael Haggard, representing the family of UPS driver Frank Ordonez, who was killed sometime after his truck was hijacked by the thieves and taken on a two-county chase, said a witness in an adjacent vehicle, Carlos Lara, has told them police fired the first of...
Work zone crashes climb during pandemic, even as traffic ebbs
Work zone crashes and fatalities have spiked in some states during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the drop in traffic, alarming transportation and highway safety officials.Workers patching potholes, striping roads, directing traffic or building highways are more at risk than ever, they say, as drivers zoom through work zones or are preoccupied chatting or texting on their phones.Travel on all roads and streets dropped 40% in April and 26% in May, compared with last year, according to the Federal Highway Administration. But fatal crashes increased in some states. And while traffic volume has pi...
Auto review: Rugged meets refined in Land Rover's remade Defender
The Jeep light transport vehicle, General Dwight Eisenhower once said, was “one of three decisive weapons the U.S. had during World War II.”Over 70 years later it inspires three of the most important SUVs in the U.S. auto market.The Jeep Wrangler, Ford Bronco and today’s tester — the 2020 Land Rover Defender — all have their roots in the World War II Jeep. In an SUV-crazed market, their war-era history still resonates with customers. The Wrangler is the direct descendant of that Jeep. Ford also built Jeeps during the war, a legacy that ultimately inspired the Bronco.And Land Rover? Its first m...
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