The 100+ MPG Plug-in Hybrid Hummer H3
Raser Technologies unveiled a Hummer H3 late last year with a plug-in gas/electric hybrid 4×4 powertrain and a claimed mpg rating of 100+, they were working closely with Hummer and FEV on the project and have made it clear that the E-REV power train is easily portable between large SUV’s (see the image below). There are no plans to put this power train into production as of yet, which seems a shame as even if they offered a conversion service it would doubtless be very popular in states like California and Texas.
The Raser Hummer H3 has a 200kw electric motor which directs power through the vehicle’s transmission and pre-existing 4×4 drive train, the SUV uses a front mounted 2.0 litre 4 cylinder 100kw gasoline powered generator to recharge batteries on the go giving the H3 a 400 mile range in total, with a 40 mile battery only range. SUV’s and light trucks make up almost half of the vehicles on American roads, this sort of plug-in hybrid technology is undoubtably the way of the future and with companies like Hummer announcing plans to go out of business it makes you wonder why they don’t embrace a single SUV hybrid model production strategy and draw in all the truck loving the-Prius-is-for-girls nature lovers out there.
What do you think? Would you rather see Hummer go green or gone altogether?