Raser Technologies Inc. unveiled Monday a new plug-in hybrid extended-range electric vehicle technology able to transform a variety of full-sized SUV's including the Hummer, and light trucks into some of the cleanest vehicles.
It could make the nation's popular light trucks and SUVs greener than a Prius, Raser's CEO Brent M. Cook said in a statement.
Raser demonstrated its E-REV with Hummer at the 2009 SAE International World Congress in Detroit.
We chose the Hummer H3 and H3T as demonstration vehicles because trucks and SUVs are the best-selling vehicles in America and can benefit the most from increased fuel economy and reduced emissions, Cook added.
The plug-in electric Hummer has a capacity of 100 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on highways. It is propelled entirely on electricity by a 200 kilowatt advanced AC induction motor and lithium-ion batteries. The Hummer H3 can drive 40 miles daily in electric mode and 400 miles in hybrid mode.
This full-sized SUV extended-range electric vehicle shows that fuel economy in larger vehicles does not mean sacrificing power and utility, said Gary Rogers, president and CEO of FEV Inc, Raser's development partner.
Raser said its E-REV power train is similar in function to the Chevy Volt. The company expects to have 2,000 vehicles in the form of SUVs and trucks on the road by 2010, according to David West, the company's vice president of Marketing, Wire.com reported. The vehicle is not yet commercially available, Richard Stern, a Raser spokesman said Tuesday.