• Apr 8th 2010 at 3:46PM
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The Hummer brand seems to be going down kicking and streaming. Just days after it was reported that General Motors informed its dealers that it was closing out Hummer this month, a new name has popped up as a potential bidder: Raser Technologies. Raser has been covered here previously for its development of an extended range electric drivetrain that was installed into a Hummer H3. The system is similar, in principle, to the Voltec system used in the Volt

According to a report on The Car Connection, Raser actually put in a bid for Hummer in mid-2009 before GM struck a deal with Sichuan Tengzhong that ultimately fell apart. Since the Chinese deal collapsed, Raser has again expressed its interest and has apparently been rebuffed.

Raser reportedly wants to transform Hummer into a green brand with its powertrain technology. However, it seems unlikely that GM will make a deal since that would likely mean it would have to continue building the vehicles for Raser for some time. The Shreveport, LA factory that builds the H3 and the Chevrolet Colorado is likely to close in the coming years, and GM most likely just wants to end the whole affair.

[Source: The Car Connection]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Razer is a joke. These guys just pump and bump stock going from one market buzz to the next read about the founders here from 2005 it dosnt get much better http://www.citronresearch.com/index.php/2005/06/20/stocklemon-reports-on-raser-technologies-rstg/
      • 5 Years Ago
      Imagine the kind of batteries you need to shoehorn into a car like that. Good lord.

      These things need insane power to move forward, being in the neighborhood of 5000lb.

      As if electric car tech needed any new challenges. Say hello to a $50,000 battery pack :P
        • 5 Years Ago
        The motor Raser designed is up to the task, but you're right about the battery pack. That may be why Raser was planning a plug-in hybrid version, probably a series hybrid that wouldn't infringe on any patents. Extra power coming from the IC engine could allow for a smaller, less powerful but less expensive battery pack.

        The Hummer has never sold well, it is an open question whether a more expensive PHEV version would sell well enough to stave off bankruptcy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know, but even the Plug in battery pack + generator are gonna be $$$$$$

        The weight of this car means that only a large v8 moves it at any decent speed... so you need three times the electric motor.. three times the battery pack.. three times the gas generator..

        This is what happens when a hummer owner and a green entrepreneur clash in the battle of dim wits. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish them all the best but agree with the author that GM will probably not go for it (who would get the CAFE hit for Hummer?).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Raser: Why don't you stick your tech into a lighter-weight, more aerodynamic vehicle that people actually want?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the Hummer H3 is the perfect platform to prove what their tech can do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Report: Raser Technologies not bankrupt yet. But we are working on it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        word. Raser is super vapor ware and going for hummer as their donor platform is a poor choice.
        putting an electric drivetrain in a hummer wont change the fact that you still have to drag this mobile hard on for ignorance along the road and through the air. the weight and poor aerodynamics means it drinks energy fast so you'll need that much bigger battery pack and that much bigger motor to get normal acceleration and range.
        something like a 100kWh pack for 100 mile range. even with the cheapest cells that's still around 30000$ for the cells alone in raw purchase. an EV1 could go 800 miles with such a pack.

        it might at first be mildly amusing to have an electric hummer but ultimately it is an oxymoron.

        maybe they are just fishing for big gov money from the idiots in uniform so they can please satan with some more killing in foreign countries. who knows what goes on in raser's heads
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are waiting for GM to offer to pay them to take it, almost like Ford did with Volvo, but they got 18 cents on their dollar for it.
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