• Nov 2, 2010
Zero South Biodiesel Electric Hummer - Click above for high-res image gallery

Zero South, a company that popped up at SEMA in 2008, is back again with its Biodiesel Electric Hummer. The heavily modified H1 rides on tracks at all four corners – a necessary modification, since this Hummer is designed for an expedition to the South Pole.

The trip is going to be documented by Chris Paine, who's best known for the film Who Killed the Electric Car? It was reported back in 2008 that the vehicle was going to be driven by Buzz Aldrin and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The film is called Drive Around the World and was shot in 3D. Drive Around the World is also the name of an organization that works to inspire an urge to explore while raising money for various charities. The H1 shown above is Zero South's vehicle for participating in these expeditions.

The Zero South Biodiesel Electric Hummer was originally setup to run on B99 fuel, but Jay Leno joined the team and modified the powertrain so that a four-cylinder diesel Volkswagen engine would act as a generator to four electric motors. Each motor would then provide power to the individual track it's coupled to. It's one heck of a Hummer, and we invite you to check it out for yourself in the gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Kill it with fire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Inspector Gadget, your Hummer has arrived
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually, Diesel-Electric hybrids are pretty darn clean. Mainly because of the efficiency of running a diesel steadily at it's peak power output. 10000 locomotives can't be wrong.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Clearly an I-6, but they might be right about the 4 motors - I can count 3 in the pics, i think. One mounted at the leading edge of the front frame rail (because that's a great spot for a drive motor on an offroad truck), one mounted behind the engine, and one mounted behind the rear diff. #4 could be in front of the rear diff but blocked from view.

      Unless one of those three visible motors is a generator and not a motor, which is very possible since i admittedly know very little about electric drivetrains.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I gotta say, for someone with a ton of money, at least Jay Leno does a lot of cool stuff for the auto enthusiast world. He could be a d!ck like many other wealthy people and ruin beautiful supercars with gold plating, obnoxious colors and other bling crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why?
        • 4 Years Ago
        THE CRUSHINATOR
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about to prove that a series hybrid electric can work in some of the most inhospitable conditions on the planet?

        By the way AB, unless thats some crazy new type of exhaust manifold I believe thats an I-6 diesel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else caught up by the CTS-Vs in the backround?
      sessionsiii
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a useless pile of junk. 1. it's top heavy 2. there's no more ground clearance than the normal Hummer. 3. there's no practical use eccept to say eeww. Lower the body down to the frame and raise the ground clearance. leave the tracs and power train and it might be a Bad Ass usefull machine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @sessionsiii
        The body is raised to show the powertrain....
      • 4 Years Ago
      lol
      • 4 Years Ago
      That sure doesn't look like any VW 4-cylinder diesel I've ever seen...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that thing has six cylinders and "STEYR" written on top of the engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right. It's an I-6. A 4 cylider might have trouble providing the power for a Hummer in the snow.

        Also, it looks like 2 electric motors, not 4.

        Pretty cool machine, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have donated the wasted funds on something more viable. How many do they expect to sell?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shoulda read the article, dude. It's a one-off for an Antarctic Expedition. Oh and the body is lifted off the frame to show the power train.
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