Gallery: The 100MPG Electric Hummer H3

 

At the Society of Automotive Engineers‘ recent world congress in Detroit, hybrid engine developer Raser Technologies unveiled a whopper — a plug-in, extended-range Hummer powered by Raser’s E-REV power train engine. Yes, you read that right – an electric Hummer H3 that has 268 hp, a 40 mile all-electric range, and a fuel efficiency of over 100 mpg.

Beating the Toyota Prius is like finding the holy grail for car manufacturers, but few would’ve expected this announcement. According to Raser, the fully functional electric H3 (which, we should note, is only in the demo phase at this point) gets 100mpg — provided that a person doesn’t drive farther than 40 miles. Once it travels beyond that range the vehicle’s fuel efficiency drops dramatically, though it’s still better than a standard Hummer.

The electric H3 is quite impressive, and certainly the range Hummer and Raser have achieved is headline-worthy. But we can’t help but wonder why you would ever need such a vehicle in the first place. The size and materials involved alone make it incredibly environmentally unfriendly, and there’s hardly a need for it in urban areas.

+ Raser Technologies

Via Physorg

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  1. Stopoil September 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    To inventioneering comment June 5/09
    The issue is to stop the use of oil for transportation. That large sucking sound is not oil pouring into the US but hundreds of billions of dollars yearly flowing out to foreign countries (trillions so far). You focus on the small picture (still important) and forget the big picture of the loss of wealth, jobs and technology for the US.

  2. antkm1 August 12, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Why not do this for ALL GM cars??? If you ask me, when the Government took over a controlling portion of the GM stock, they should have axed Hummer, Buick and Pontiac. Too much wasteful gas guzzlers and repeat cars. GM should just produce Chevy, Cady and Saturn. Too much repeat wasteful production.

  3. inventioneering June 15, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    And now for “the rest of the story…”

    How do these guys at Raser come up with their 100 MPG? Simple, they claim that if you drive 60 miles per day that the first 40 is powered by electricity and the next 20 is provided by their 33 MPG onboard engine. Therefore, only 1/3 of the distance traveled was provided by gas at 33 MPG, so it’s as though you got the equivalent of 3 times 33 MPG, which equals 100 MPG.

    Now let’s see what Raser isn’t telling you. First, their 200KW electric motor costs MONEY to operate! How much, you ask? Easy. If you drive 40 miles on electric power — half in the city and half on the freeway — you will spend about 1 hour driving (20 miles @ 30 MPH = 40 minutes, plus 20 miles @ 60 MPH = 20 minutes). Raser’s 200KW motor is rated at 100KW continuous, so 1 hour of driving will likely consume roughly 100KWH worth of electricity (100KW times 1 hour). The average cost of electricity in the U.S. is 11.5 cents/KWH; therefore 100KWH costs you $11.50, got it? That’s eleven dollars and fifty cents to go forty miles!!! Luckily, you get to go the next 20 miles on good old gasoline @ roughly 33 MPG, which would consume 6/10ths of a gallon of gas if the gas engine powered the vehicle directly. Unfortunately, it first has to power a generator, which then charges batteries, which then powers the electric motor. Still, lets be generous and assume that this gas engine takes you 20 miles on 2/3 of a gallon of gas, which costs $1.67 (2/3 times $2.50).

    So the grand total to travel 60 miles in Raser’s shiny EREV (Extended Range Electric Vehicle) only cost you $13.17!!! Isn’t that great? Of course, you would’ve only spent $5.00 if you could’ve driven all of that distance powered by their good gas-mileage IC engine. Or you could’ve paid $7.50 in any vehicle that averaged 20 MPG. However, where’s the fun in that? Look, you’re driving a high tech “EREV”… ooooh! One that cost you an extra $25K, and that added an extra 1,000 pounds of weight to the vehicle. Nice extras, huh?? BTW, did I forget to mention that their 200KW motor only provides 134HP in continuous mode? But wait you say, it gives 268HP at peak operation. Yes, that’s about what the new Ford Taurus provides (except for the Ford Taurus SHO, which gives 350HP). So you’ll be riding around in your new EREV Hummer in a reduced 134-268HP powertrain… can you say “put, put, put”?

    Does anyone see anything wrong with this?? Now do you see why Raser omitted mentioning the cost of electricity and only focused on their fuzzy-math MPG gas equivalent calculation? In reality, at today’s prices, their Hummer only got the equivalent of 11.4 MPG ($13.17 divided by $2.5/gallon = 5.27 gallons, and 60 miles/5.27 gallons = 11.4 MPG)!!!!!!!!

    The fact is that electric vehicles have NOTHING to offer in solving America’s transportation needs. They are not cost-efficient nor are they technologically superior. The demand for electricity in the U.S. is expected to grow by a taxing 25% over the next decade. Raser’s Hummer draws 100KWH of electricity in order to travel it’s first 40 miles, which is well over 3 times the power that your house draws in a complete day! Talk about an instant energy crisis! It’s a good thing that battery technology is still limited and that they added an IC engine to extend the range, otherwise their Hummer would’ve used 150KWH of electricity, or more than 5 times the daily draw of an average home!!

    This conveniently omitted information might explain why Raser has also entered the geothermal power market… they realize that switching to EV’s would require well over a 300% + increase to America’s annual electric power consumption.

    My question is this, why couldn’t Raser be upfront and honest with us about the true costs of Electric Vehicles? Afterall, consumers have shown that they are willing to pay more for efficient green power.

    Could their hesitancy in telling us the whole story be due to the fact that EV’s are neither cost-efficient nor green compared to standard IC engine technology?

  4. NeuroPulse May 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    But how much electricity does it use compared to other electric cars?

    If it uses a lot more electricity, then it is still inefficient.

  5. subotai April 29, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Sure it will no longer be a gas hog but it is always a nice picture when you have the person behind the steering wheel of one these vehicles texting on their phone and they slam into the family sedan. That is one way to keep the population in check. In fact in my area, Texas, people love to put cattle guards on their trucks, SUVs and Hummers – in the city. It’s fashionable right now to look “rural” while in the city. Their nicknamed “baby killer grills” around here.

  6. dmanuel April 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

    \”The electric H3 is quite impressive, and certainly the range Hummer and Raser have achieved is headline-worthy. But we can’t help but wonder why you would ever need such a vehicle in the first place. The size and materials involved alone make it incredibly environmentally unfriendly, and there’s hardly a need for it in urban\”

    I love this comment what the hell are CFL lights made of?

  7. Trey Farmer Trey Farmer April 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    So essentially it is a battery (coal) powered Hummer with a range of 40 miles that still uses half a gallon of gas.

  8. rock April 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Lot’s of reasons someone would need a vehicle like this. Where I live we had more than 10 inches of snow 3 different times this winter as well as all the other snowfalls of 5 inches or more. Ever drive on a dirt or gravel road in the snow or rain? You may not need this in most places, but it’s narrow minded to think that no one anywhere has a need for a vehicle like the H3.

  9. seasonedcitizen April 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    This is a concept car. The initial demand is for work vehicles, pickups and suvs used by traveling people. Then there are the families that need a larger vehicle for car pools etc.

  10. seasonedcitizen April 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

    This is a concepet vehicle. It’s application in the 1st instance would be vfor working vehicles, pickups, small trucks and SUVs required by those who work on the road and need the space provided in those vehicles. Then we go to the family that is transporting kids, moms in car pools etc.

  11. graceffa2000 April 28, 2009 at 9:28 am

    why? because they could. I dislike hummers as much as the next guy but you can\’t slam them for developing this car. The biggest complaint of them for the past 5 years is that they\’re gas hogs . . . . now, not so much if one buys this. Though I would be intrigued to see how the materials footprint of this stacks up against another plug-in hybrid. I can\’t imagine they left everything stock; there must have been some downgrade in weight to reach those efficiencies.

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