Last year at the SAE World Congress, Raser Technologies announced it had, along with FEV, designed a plug-in hybrid powertrain for large trucks. Earlier this year, Pacific Gas and Electric ordered two converted vehicles that use this lithium ion system for testing in their fleet. The potentially exciting number here is that the vehicle is expected to top 100 mpg, but we all know that the way these claims are calculated are notoriously varied. There's a little more to hang our hat on than a quoted EV-only range of 40 miles.
We should be able to get a lot more information from Raser – including, perhaps, which OEM they have been working with (General Motors?) - during the next SAE World Congress later this month. Raser says the E-REV vehicle is now undergoing road testing and that the powertrain can also be used for "many popular light trucks." The SAE show starts April 20.
[Source: Raser Technologies]
Raser To Unveil 100 MPG SUV At SAE World Congress In Detroit
Wednesday 8th, April 2009
E-REV Powertrain by Raser Technologies Allows Full Size SUVs & Light Trucks to Achieve over 100 mpg. Demonstration Vehicle now in Road Testing.
PROVO, UT, April 8, 2009 - Raser Technologies, Inc. announced today it will unveil a 100+ mpg SUV at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress in Detroit, Michigan April 20-23, 2009. The Vehicle is powered by Raser's E-REV powertrain and was developed in conjunction with Raser's integration partner, FEV and a global automaker. The full-size SUV is a four-wheel drive Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) designed to achieve over 100 mpg in typical local daily driving with near zero emissions by driving up to 40 miles per day in all-electric mode.
Just one year ago, at the SAE World Congress, Raser announced it was developing an E-REV powertrain for use in full size SUVs and light trucks and had teamed with a leading OEM to build a demonstration SUV. This highly anticipated vehicle, featuring Raser's electric powertrain, is now in road testing and will be unveiled and on display at this year's show in FEV's booth. In addition to SUVs, the powertrain is sized for application in many popular light trucks.
The SAE World Congress is the largest annual gathering of automotive engineers and typically highlights innovative automotive developments that often are incorporated in future production vehicles. The four-day Congress in Detroit is expected to host over 30,000 industry specialists, engineers and business leaders.
"We are excited to be able to demonstrate an electric powertrain for larger vehicles such as trucks and SUVs," said James Spellman, Vice President, of Transportation for Raser Technologies. "These are the best selling vehicles in America and can benefit the most from increased fuel economy and reduced emissions. We are also pleased to be exhibiting with our development partner FEV."
"We are pleased to support Raser in the development of this exciting project. Our goal in exhibiting this breakthrough vehicle is to demonstrate that electric vehicle technology is a viable solution for a variety of vehicle platforms," said Gary Rogers, president and CEO of FEV. "Needs of consumers will continue to vary, and this full-sized SUV range-extended electric vehicle shows that fuel economy does not necessarily mean sacrificing power and utility."
About Raser Technologies
Raser is an environmental Energy Technology company focused on geothermal power development and technology licensing. Raser's Power Systems segment is seeking to develop clean, renewable geothermal electric power plants and bottom-cycling operations, incorporating licensed heat transfer technology and Raser's SymetronTM technology developed internally by its Transportation and Industrial segment. Raser's Transportation & Industrial segment focuses on extended-range plug-in-hybrid vehicle solutions and using Raser's award-winning SymetronTM technology to improve the torque density and efficiency of the electric motors and drive systems used in electric and hybrid-electric vehicle powertrains and industrial applications. Further information on Raser may be found at: www.rasertech.com.
About FEV, Inc.
The FEV Group is an internationally recognized powertrain and vehicle engineering company that supplies the global transportation industry. FEV offers a complete range of engineering services, providing support across the globe to customers in the design, analysis, prototyping, powertrain and transmission development, as well as vehicle integration, calibration and homologation for advanced internal combustion gasoline-, diesel-, and alternative-fueled powertrains. FEV also designs, develops and prototypes advanced vehicle / powertrain electronic control systems and hybrid-electric engine concepts that address future emission and fuel economy standards. The FEV Test Systems division is a global supplier of advanced test cell, instrumentation and test equipment. The FEV Group employs a staff of over 1,800 highly skilled specialists at advanced technical centers on three continents. FEV, Inc. employs approximately 300 personnel at FEV's North American Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI.
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