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Raser Technolgies plug-in HUMMER H3 - Click above for a high-res gallery

Worried that the Obama Administration's latest CAFE requirements will put the hurt to big trucks? Fret not, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has got your back. At an event held in the nation's capital, Hatch got the chance to pilot the extended-range electric HUMMER H3 from Raser Technologies that was debuted at the SAE World Congress earlier this year.

According to Hatch (via Green Car Advisor), "[This electric H3] is specifically designed for America's best-selling vehicle class -- SUVs and trucks," and he further states that efforts to help the U.S. auto industry recover "must address our real need for larger vehicles."

Ignoring the comment about SUVs and trucks being the most popular class of vehicles, which isn't entirely accurate, we agree with Hatch's assessment that there are some Americans that really do need these large vehicles, though that number is likely extremely small.

That said, Raser's HUMMER EV is an impressive piece of engineering. Using a 2.0-liter GM-supplied turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine driving a 100 kW generator, this particular H3 can travel 40 miles at a time without using a single drop of gas and another 400 miles after the gas tank runs dry. For what it's worth, if driven 60 miles per day – 40 miles on the battery plus 20 miles with the range-extender humming away – Raser estimates its H3 will return 100 mpg.

Still, the simple truth is that the same drivetrain combination in a more efficient vehicle platform will return even better figures, or, alternatively, the same figures with a smaller battery pack. In fact, assuming the Fisker Karma and Chevy Volt hit the market as planned, that's exactly what will happen. Click past the break for a video of Raser's H3 in action.


[Source: Green Car Advisor]

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      • 2 Months Ago
      Americans need big SUVs? And American car companies can't turn a profit without them?

      Good god, what did they do before they were invented in like, 1975 (when the first Ford Bronco came out, which coincidentally was about the size of a RAV4)? Oh yeah, they drove big cars. And then, when the oil crises came about, Americans suddenly needed big cars like they needed holes in their heads.

      When the recession ends and oil demand goes up again, the ones that were wetting their pants over a $100 tank of gas will be wetting their pants over one that costs $150 (factoring in inflation), and after protesting long and hard for the government to "do something", like maybe going communist and controlling the price of gas, maybe then they might realize that they don't *need* a big car or truck.

      Really, how many times does history have to repeat itself to get through to these people who supposedly "need" more than enough? The ones that actually need pickup trucks can write it off on their taxes as a business expense.
      • 2 Months Ago
      One thing that surprised me: Not once in this entire thread did anyone do the math to figure out what MPGs this monstrosity would get without battery power. It's kind of fun in a geeky way to back into the number based on what Raser has reported.

      If you can go 60 miles using 20 miles of gasoline power and 40 miles of electricity and this would be equivalent to 100 mpg, then I would guess that means 0.6 of a gallon of gas would take you 60 miles. However, since only 20 miles of that is actual gasoline power, the real fuel economy without electric power is 20 divided by 0.6 or 33.3 miles per gallon. That makes logical sense because a 2.0 liter engine turbocharged, but running at constant RPM to generate electricity will give better fuel economy in a mixed city/highway mode than that same engine against a manual transmission and varying speeds. Since the 2.0 liter engine is used in the Solstice and the Sky, we know that 33.3 mpg is completely believeable for highway fuel economy.

      The amazing thing though is this: you're getting 33 mpg pulling a Hummer body and all those batteries around! That's really quite amazing given all the additional weight of a Hummer vs. a roadster like the Sky. I'd really like to see some real world testing because Raser may be just a tad bit optimistic.

      I think they would have a more viable product by just making it a plain old serial hybrid. It may even get higher fuel economy than 33.3 because it isn't pulling around a huge battery pack. It is simpler than the Prius or the Insight because a serial hybrid has no transmission and the gasoline engine is running at constant RPMs nearest its sweet spot for efficiency.

      Ralph
      • 2 Months Ago
      Does anybody proofread these posts to make sure they make sense?

      Using a 2.0-liter GM-supplied turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine driving a 100 kW generator, this particular H3 can travel 40 miles at a time without using a single drop of gas and another 400 miles after the gas tank runs dry.

      • 2 Months Ago
      This egotistical attitude Americans have over everyone else about "needing" anything is precisely why so many people despise this culture.

      Once that stupid attitude is dropped, perhaps things will be a little more pleasant for Americans in general.
        • 2 Months Ago
        ""If one thing is a constant here, it's Noz and his self-loathing. I guess people like him can't handle the fact that we lead, others follow. I could give a crap if others in the world hate us. It isn't because they're superior, it's because they're jealous of what we have.

        If we were so hated Noz, people throughout the world wouldn't be busting down the door to get in! ""

        LOL...jealous? OK...you need to travel more. Most of the people who come here are from 3rd world countries which your precious banks and financial institutions and war-mongering empire have devastated. Granted, many countries before the US did the same thing...but we're talking about now.

        You should give a crap what others think about you. Since you push that same crap on others to bow down to your American ways, what do you expect others to do? Sit around and smile while you give it to them? Have you ever heard of the concept be kind to your neighbor?

        Can't remember the writer's name but he was on Charlie Rose once....what he said was so fitting..."Turn the world upside down and most of the crap will land in America."

        Be proud.
        • 2 Months Ago
        If one thing is a constant here, it's Noz and his self-loathing. I guess people like him can't handle the fact that we lead, others follow. I could give a crap if others in the world hate us. It isn't because they're superior, it's because they're jealous of what we have.

        If we were so hated Noz, people throughout the world wouldn't be busting down the door to get in!
        • 2 Months Ago
        ""Gee Noz,

        You are a bit of a tool. But I can understand your frustration. I hope posting with such vitriol is cathartic for you, you seem very angry. I suppose that explains the provocations. You'd like a reaction any reaction to relieve your stress. Since you seem to need confrontation, I suggest a vacation back home to see if there is anything you can hate on there as well. I'm sure they deserve a good arse-kicking for not providing you work where you were raised.""

        It's not a provocation at all. It's just that your "generic" business culture has spawned a set of people like yourself who need constant reassurance, constant ego stroking, and constant patting on the back of what a great job you do, what a great person you are, and what great traditions and heritage you hold....as if everyone else before you means nothing and offers nothing. It's no wonder companies like State Farm make those pathetically nationalistic feel-good commercials so people like you dare not get offended or upset by being told what you do makes you a dolt in the grand scheme of things. I hope you understand.

        ""At this time I find things perfectly pleasant being American. I never speak of need personally, but I do speak of want. I don't want an SUV, but I want an electric roadster at a reasonable price (i.e., matching current ICE vehicle prices). I don't need either one since my current ICE is perfectly serviceable for the next 5-10 years.""

        That's nice of you to mention....but pretty irrelevant.

        ""Despite the irrational choices of my countrymen, a 100 mpg Hummer is better than what exists. The economics will take care of the rest. Go to the corner and have a pint, son.""

        Not really economics won't take care of anything. If it did, we'd not be where we are now...but illusions of grandeur from you and your "country-men" (whatever the hell that means) is nice of you to have I guess....whatever floats your boat.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Gee Noz,

        You are a bit of a tool. But I can understand your frustration. I hope posting with such vitriol is cathartic for you, you seem very angry. I suppose that explains the provocations. You'd like a reaction any reaction to relieve your stress. Since you seem to need confrontation, I suggest a vacation back home to see if there is anything you can hate on there as well. I'm sure they deserve a good arse-kicking for not providing you work where you were raised.

        At this time I find things perfectly pleasant being American. I never speak of need personally, but I do speak of want. I don't want an SUV, but I want an electric roadster at a reasonable price (i.e., matching current ICE vehicle prices). I don't need either one since my current ICE is perfectly serviceable for the next 5-10 years.

        Despite the irrational choices of my countrymen, a 100 mpg Hummer is better than what exists. The economics will take care of the rest. Go to the corner and have a pint, son.
        • 2 Months Ago
        CHRISM:

        No one PAYS my wages...I EARN my wages. I PAID for my own schooling with MY OWN money. And that's after this great country you speak of has been ripping me off huge amounts of tax.

        So you'll pardon me if I don't want to turn into a lemming like you. Especially when you're speaking about a country that was built on the backs of slaves and immigrants who didn't even want to come here.

        Get off your high horse thinking you're the end all be all of cultures and what not. Funny thing about work...I get along great with people. The irony of it is that probably 6/10 people around me are not even really American culturally. Why do you suppose such talent in such places is that way ChrisM?


        • 2 Months Ago
        SNOOPY:

        I agree with you...some people do need them and that's fine. But in general, as a culture, Americans are second to none in trying to hype up their egos with the toys they feel they have some sort of God given right to.
        • 2 Months Ago
        I don't know any culture that is universally loved. If some some people despise us, so be it that is their choice. It doesn't bother me nor does it seem to bother the thousands of people who come here to stay every year. Both legally and illegally.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Noz, your arrogant and condescending attitude to the nation and people who pay your wages is noted. Hmm, I'm wondering - do you get along with anybody at work, or do you just look down your nose at everybody here?
        • 2 Months Ago
        SNOOPY:

        I agree with you whole-heartedly...but what you say applies to people who have a good understanding of what's going around them...a self-awareness that is required for change.

        Believe me..there are plenty of people who I meet who are this way...and more than happy to have a heated exchange of words and debate. But some people here are a different closed-minded, egotistical breed altogether. A lot of people I come across are quite open minded...but this culture inherently breeds selfishness, egocentric behavior and what better place to view this than in an auto blog arena where the car is a self-centered identification tool to begin with.

        It's peoples' inherent fears and selfishness that triggers the responses to my posts because as you say...they simply don't like to be called self-centered tools who don't even have the capacity to open up.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Noz,

        Don't be so hard on yourself (as far as being an American goes). If you're trying to live in an environmentally friendly way, you're already working to improve things. There's no need to be the walking leftist stereotype (the person who hates themselves and anything to do with their entire culture because of its past).

        People tend to become defensive when insulted, even if the insults true (and especially when they know its true). If you want to effect change, you need to go about it in a suggestive way.

        Yes, the attitude that "bigger is always better" is foolish (and highly associated with America), but so is expecting it to change overnight (both in Americans acting that way and people thinking that way about America/Americans once the majority of Americans have changed from that perception). My suggestion would be to keep working on being an environmentally friendly in a friendly way. People will respond is less "colourful" ways and be more interested in what you have to say.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Noz you bring up excellent points. While we are at it we NEED the Chinese, Indians, Vietnamese and anyone else thinking of prosperity to go back to their agrarian ways so that they don't consume energy and destroy the planet. Try pushing those needs off on people and see how they like you.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Hey Noz,

        While I don't disagree with you about the people who "need" large vehicles, some people actually do need – note the lack of quotes – larger vehicles than others.

        People with large families and people who need a lot of space in their vehicle on a regular basis, for work or other reasons, actually need and make use of larger vehicles. I'm sure you already knew that. But the fact that you don't make mention of them is a bit unfair.
      • 2 Months Ago
      An electric Hummer? The day has come folks... pigs can now fly
        • 2 Months Ago
        I don't know if they can fly... but they can certainly roll. :p
      • 2 Months Ago
      Plug-in hybrid technology offers far more than simply better mileage. The safety features only possible with electric motor drive are unquestionably in the public interest, accidents avoided, lives saved, etc. Energy conservation in other ways is ideal with Plug-in hybrids. In the event of a grid failure, households can run critical electric devices, (phone, radio, lights, TV, computer, refridgerator); and with rooftop photovoltiac solar panel systems, indefinitely. This too will save lives. Grids gain the means to store surplus electricity overnight, and extra supply during peak hour high demand in the late afternoon. Alternate energy systems likewise gains the means to store their 'intermittent' power generation.

      GM's Volt extended range hybrid is aimed at the luxury car maket, thus does the country a disservice by replacing Saturn's soon to be cancelled, affordable hybrid models. Chrysler intends to import non-hybrid Fiats. The dual-range hybrids that GM and Chrysler offer in luxury market SUVs are great for pulling loads, but still limited by the price. We might as well face facts: We can't afford to save the planet by following market ideology.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Why bother with lithium ion battery packs which cost $10-20,000 when there are alternatives being developed for a lot less?... publicity.... people know lithium ion from laptops and think hi-tech goes the logic.

      Axion has a carbon-lead battery, a super-capacitor basically being merged with the old cheap lead acid for a battery pack costing only $1,000-2,000 not $10,000. They admit, unlike GM, that they will be replaced in 4-6 years, but with volume manufacturing the cost will be a lot less than $1,000 for the battery pack. On the other hand a lithium ion cell will be only holding 50% charge in 3 years after being manufactured anyways,
      • 2 Months Ago
      Note two things: Senator Hatch is the resident Senator-for-life from Utah and Raser is based in Utah.

      I testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2004, which Hatch headed at the time. He's a complete ass, an imperious SOB, and has no idea what the real world is like.

      Oh, and I'm on his shit list. I just happened to get audited about four months after my testimony (which was contrary to Hatch's statements).

      So anything Hatch says can be accepted as a complete fabrication based on his own self-interest. Going through Raser's profile, I'd bet you'll find one of Hatch's family members on the board or staff there somewhere.
      • 2 Months Ago
      The problem with the US is that everything is just too BIG: houses, cars, malls, roads, cities, subdivisions and therefor consumption . In Europe everything is so much smaller. If you had a big car in Europe it would totally annoy you as you couldn't find a decent parking space to open your doors. In Australia it is somewhere between. I think there needs to be a change in mentality that "small" is beautiful (i.e. Mini Cooper, etc.) If that can be archived the "space" consumption can be reduced. For example you wouldn't need such a big car if everything came in smaller quantities like food for the fridge, etc.
      • 2 Months Ago
      Too funny. If it's a question of "needs," Hatch probably has plans to electrify this vehicle next. LOL!

      http://www.casteyanqui.com/ev/_graphics/brighambrougham.jpg
      • 2 Months Ago
      Counting down to when The Faithful tell us we only need a Prius.
        • 2 Months Ago
        You mean like this guy? Man does he sound cynical:

        "Well Detroit has huge legacy costs due to UAW contracts so it is good when they can make $5k profit on selling someone a SUV compared to a ~1k profit selling them a small car. So where you can debate which Americans need a SUV, you can't debate if the UAW needs them- it desperately does because they generate revenue."

        I kid, I kid....
        • 2 Months Ago
        You mean like this guy? Man does he sound cynical....

        "Well Detroit has huge legacy costs due to UAW contracts so it is good when they can make $5k profit on selling someone a SUV compared to a ~1k profit selling them a small car. So where you can debate which Americans need a SUV, you can't debate if the UAW needs them- it desperately does because they generate revenue."

        I kid, I kid....
        • 2 Months Ago
        As much as I wish the (American) Big 3 could be profitable selling small cars, they can't so they won't. There isn't enough profit there for them to sustain themselves in light of their legacy costs. For GM and Chrysler it is no big deal as the government will just keep writing them checks.
        • 2 Months Ago
        People who drive hummers wont pay extra to save fuel or to save the planet.

        This car has no market.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Westerberg, you may be right about the market for the "E Hummer", but it isn't just that. The same system will also work in small trucks, too, and the market for a plug-in hybrid pickup will be huge - especially since it comes with a big battery and powerful generator that contractors can use for onsite power needs. Businesses tend to be more pragmatic than the typical Hummer owner, they'd be willing to pay extra for a good PHEV truck if the benefits outweighed the additional costs.
      • 2 Months Ago
      If you go by sales, I believe light trucks are outselling cars again this year. Whether or not we "need" SUVs is another story
        • 2 Months Ago
        Well Detroit has huge legacy costs due to UAW contracts so it is good when they can make $5k profit on selling someone a SUV compared to a ~1k profit selling them a small car. So where you can debate which Americans need a SUV, you can't debate if the UAW needs them- it desperately does because they generate revenue.
        • 2 Months Ago
        Right right, we all know the profit margin is greater on SUVs, but the last year has revealed to everyone that Detroit didn't do anything constructive with the fat profits. If the goal was to reduce pension liability, they failed to make a dent during the heyday years of SUV sales.

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