Hybrid engine makes Hummer H3 greener than Prius

by Michal on May 15, 2009

Hybrid Hummer H3

Raser Technologies recently unveiled a new electric Hummer at the 2009 SAE International World Congress in Detroit, MI. While Hummers are typically known for being gas hogs and polluters, Raser has developed an electric engine that makes it more ecofriendly.

The Hummer H3 is powered by a plug in hybrid E-REV engine that generates a 268hp, a 40 mile all-electric range and fuel efficiency over 100mpg. Raser’s CEO Brent Cook said, “The technology in this electric-powered Hummer is a leap ahead for U.S. Automakers. It could make the nation’s popular light trucks and SUVs greener than a Prius.”

The plug-in electric Hummer H3 has a range of about 400 miles, driving its first 40 miles exclusively on batteries before turning on its combustion generator. The Electric Hummer runs entirely on electricity by Raser’s 200kW advanced AC induction motor connected to a 4WD transmission. A small high efficiency engine uses Raser’s 100kW electric generator to recharge the batteries while driving.

Trucks and SUV’s are the best selling vehicles in America and can benefit the most from increase fuel economy.

Source: EcoFriend

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